About Teaching History With Hamilton

Teaching History with Hamilton is a free, digital Humanities education project dedicated to expanding public knowledge of the people, events, and ideas brought to life by the musical Hamilton. Assembling a wealth of information from museums, historic sites, and archives, together with original content, Teaching History with Hamilton offers a one-stop resource for learners of all ages. We hope to expand public engagement with the themes portrayed in the musical, while providing a forum for fresh new research.

Hamilton has become a phenomenon, igniting conversation about the past. It provides an intergenerational point of connection that educators can use to connect students and launch broader conversations. This site provides teachers with interdisciplinary lesson plans, primary documents, rich visual images, podcasts, and more to deepen the scope of the musical to reach a broad array of students, from Elementary to High School to ELL.

My own experience as a professor has made it clear that undergraduates and the wider public are hungry for inclusive history told in a contemporary way. The past can speak to the present, but more importantly, Hamilton has shown that the present can speak (and sing!) to the past, prompting new questions and demonstrating new ways to convey the American experience. My hope is that this project will help to sustain and grow public enthusiasm for Early American history: that new voices will emerge to tell our story and keep the revolutionary spirit alive for future generations.

The Teaching History with Hamilton Project represents a collaboration between a dedicated team of undergraduate students at Stonehill College led by Prof. Linzy Brekke-Aloise and partner teachers from around the country. We have worked to create a forum for inclusive and informative resources for teachers, kids, teens, fans, and the curious public to engage and challenge the topics depicted in the musical. Visit our blog, Publius, for new research and essays. Become a #HamilTeacher and tell us how Hamilton has inspired your teaching. Make a request for materials or ask us any question you don’t see answered on the site by contacting us at: teachinghistorywithhamilton@stonehill.edu

Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Ph.D.

Project Director, Teaching History with Hamilton
Associate Professor of History
Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Stonehill College

Linzy Brekke-Aloise earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and is a historian of Revolutionary America. She researches and writes on Founders, capitalism, consumer and material culture, women, and gender. She has won research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Association of University Women. She is at work on a new book, Young, Scrappy and Hungry: The Revolutionary History Behind Hamilton: An American Musical.

Nicolette Kolgraf

Research Fellow
Stonehill College

Nicolette is a senior at Stonehill College, where she is pursuing a B.A. in English and Gender Studies. She is a member of the English Honor Society and has served as a Teaching Apprentice in both introductory and upper division English and Philosophy courses. In the Spring of 2019, she will teach a 1-credit course on Racial Masculinities and Gun Violence in Contemporary America. She plans to seek a Ph.D. in Gender Studies after graduation.

Siobhan McKenna

Research Fellow
Stonehill College

Siobhan is a senior at Stonehill College, where she is pursuing a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and a minor in Gender Studies. She has extensive experience developing innovative lesson plans and digital teaching content. She is a member of the Moreau Honors Society, the History Honor Society, and the Education Honor Society, and has plans to teach History at the Secondary level.