HAMILTON’S ALBANY

Encore: July 02, 2020

Get a glimpse at “the real” Alexander Hamilton: his life and work in and around New York State.

Aired on October 5, 2017, December 26, 2018, August 16, 2019 and February 3, 2020. 

TRANSCRIPT

THE REVOLUTION AND BLOCKBUSTER SUCCESS OF HAMILTON HAS ELEVATED OUR NATION'S FIRST TREASURY SECRETARY TO THE STATUS OF POP CULTURE ICON.

THE CARIBBEAN BORN FOUNDING FATHER IS CELEBRATED HERE IN MANHATTAN.

SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT EVENTS TOOK PLACE JUST NORTH OF THE CITY IN THE STATE CAPITAL.

A FASCINATING LOOK AT ONE OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS IN A NEW DOCUMENTARY.

TAKE A LOOK.

FROM FOUNDING FATHER TO GROUNDING ICON.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON WAS A POLITICAL GENIUS WHO HELPED SHAPE OUR GOVERNMENT, OFTEN REMEMBERED FOR HIS LIFE BEING CUT SHORT IN A DUAL WITH AARON BURR.

JOIN ME AS WE EXPLORE THE FEUD THAT FUELED THE DUAL.

JOINING ME NOW, THE HISTORIC SITE MANAGER AT THE MANSION.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THANK YOU, JENNA.

IN THE MUSICAL, WE'RE INTRODUCED TO THE SKYLAR SISTERS AS THE DAUGHTERS OF THIS WEALTHY INFLUENTIAL MAN, GENERAL FROM THE CAPITAL REGION IN NEW YORK.

THE SKYLAR FAMILY HAS AN IMPACT.

I MEAN, WE HAVE SKYLAR COUNTY, SKYLARVILLE, THERE'S A STATUE OF THE GENERAL IN ALBANY.

WHO ARE THE SKYLARS, AND WHAT ROLE DID THEY PLAY IN NEW YORK GOING FROM A COLONY TO A STATE IN.

THEY FIRST LANDED ON THE SHORES HERE IN 1650s AND THEY WERE REALLY DESCENDED FROM CARPENTERS AND BAKERS AND MADE THEIR FORTUNE IN THE FUR TRADE IN THE 17th CENTURY.

THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF FIRST COMING OUT OF THE INTERIOR, AND THE INTERIOR WAS BASED AT FT.

ORANGE IN ALBANY, THIS IS WHERE THE SKYLAR'S WERE BASED AS WELL.

THEY WERE REALLY POISED IN THE PERFECT POSITION TO THE INTERIOR WEST, ALONG THE MOHAWK RIVER AND THE HUDSON, CONNECTED TO THE ATLANTAIC, AND BECAME VERY WEALTHY LAND HOLDERS, VERY EARLY.

IT WOULD REALLY HAVE BEHOOVED ALEXANDER HAMILTON TO HAVE ATTACHED HIMSELF AND MARRIED INTO THE SKYLAR FAMILY.

WHAT ROLE DID THEY PLAY IN HIS ABILITY TO BECOME THE SUCCESS THAT HE WAS.

CERTAINLY THE SKYLAR'S WERE ONE OF THE LEADING FAMILY IN THE HUDSON VALLEY.

SKYLAR WAS KNOWN WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED.

SKYLAR BECOMES ONE OF THE MAJOR GENERALS, ONE OF FOUR MAJOR GENERALS UNDER GEORGE WASHINGTON DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, AND BECAUSE HAMILTON IS REALLY KNOWN AS THIS GENIUS AND HE'S SOUGHT AFTER BY MONEY, WASHINGTON BRINGS HIM INTO THE FOLD AND HAMILTON BECOMES ONE OF HIS FAVORITE OFFICERS.

BECAUSE OF HAMILTON'S RELATIONSHIP WITH WASHINGTON.

MAY HAVE BEEN FIRST INTRODUCED TO THEM IN ALBANY IN 1777, AND LATER MEETS ELIZABETH IN 1780 IN NEW JERSEY AT THE WINTER HEADQUARTERS.

GIVEN THE FACT THAT THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM ABOUT THE MUSICAL AND INTEREST NOW, AND THE LIFE OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON.

HAS THERE BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE SKYLAR MANSION?

THERE'S BEEN A HUGE INCREASE.

NOW WE SEE ABOUT 17,000,000 A YEAR.

WE HAVE AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE FOR THE VISITORS.

THE QUOTES FROM THE FAMILY, IT'S REALLY A FUN WAY TO LEARN HISTORY.

SPEAKING OF SOME OF THOSE QUOTES.

THE MUSIC ALLUDES TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ALEXANDER HAMILTON --

18th CENTURY EDUCATION, IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, YOU LET THEM KNOW.

YOU REALLY HAD THAT PLAY OUT IN LETTERS.

YOU CAN SEE HIS LETTERS FROM SKYLAR TO HIS SON IN LAW.

IT'S NOT ODD THAT ANGELICA AND HAMILTON ARE SHARING LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

IT'S JUST REALLY A FLAIR FOR WRITING IN THE 18th CENTURY.

IT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN RELEARNING HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK TO US.

Funders

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