Meet the three sisters who captivated Founding Father Alexander Hamilton! Award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard, in costume, will appear as the love of his life, Elizabeth (Eliza) Schuyler Hamilton as well as the charming and witty Angelica Schuyler Church and high-spirited Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer. A Victorian tea will follow.
The three sisters were born into a famous New York family, Elizabeth in 1757. Their father was the Revolutionary War leader, Major General Philip Schuyler and their mother, Catherine van Rensselaer, came from one of New York’s wealthiest families.
Smitten Alexander wrote to Angelica about Elizabeth before their marriage in 1780, “She is most unmercifully handsome and so perverse that she has none of those pretty affectations which are the prerogatives of beauty… She has good nature, affability and vivacity unembellished…”
After Alexander’s death at the famous duel with Aaron Burr, Elizabeth became known as a philanthropist (she was a founder of New York City’s first private orphanage) and protector of her husband’s legacy, at the same time raising seven children. The eighth and eldest, named Philip, had died three years before in a duel, with the same pistols. Elizabeth died at the age of 97.
Goddard has been presenting living history programs for more than ten years. She has appeared before audiences at museums, libraries, senior centers, clubs and other organizations. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history, continues her work as an author and works also as a public speaker.
Goddard claims, “You don’t need to have seen the Broadway musical Hamilton to enjoy my performance, but if you have, it will bring alive the history behind the show!”
Cost is $35. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.