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Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door.
Dress code: JACKETS & TIES required for men; no denim, sneakers, etc.
6pm, Reception with wine
6:50pm Discussion over Dinner (including wine)
$88 complete for Dues-Paying Members of Harvardwood (and their guests)
$101 for Others
One of the most fascinating of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton was born illegitimate in the West Indies and rose to become, among other distinctions, the chief staff aide to George Washington during the Revolution, then one of the most important writers urging the adoption of the Constitution, then the first Secretary of the Treasury and founder of a political party, the victim of a fatal duel with Aaron Burr, and finally the hero of a hit Broadway musical. What would it have been like to have dinner with Alexander Hamilton? Here's a unique opportunity, through the magic of food, to travel back in time to the New York of the 1790s.
Harvard University's distinguished James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History and Chair of American Studies, Joyce Chaplin has a special interest in the history of food, and, specifically for this event, she has studied Hamilton and menus of the period to create a special dinner of dishes closely associated with Hamilton, researched and planned by Professor Chaplin, brilliantly recreated by the DTA's wonderful Chef Anthony LoCastro, and served with wines and other beverages typical of the era.
We are extremely fortunate that Professor Chaplin will be present at the dinner to discuss both Hamilton and the menu. Professor Chaplin is a wonderful speaker. Her books include The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Portrait of Genius, which won the Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize. Evan Thomas calls her "a great historian with a fresh eye and a sure touch. She is a story teller with keen insight, command of the material, a sense of whimsy, and a flair for portraying human drama." Of her most recent book ROUND ABOUT THE EARTH: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit, Walter Isaacson wrote, "Joyce Chaplin shows the interplay of aspirations and technology, from sail and steam to jets and rockets. More profoundly, she explores what it means to circle our globe, act on a planetary scale, and encompass, both figuratively and literally the whole earth."
The word "unique" is overused. This is the real thing—the only chance there will be to experience this extraordinary evening of culinary time travel.
You'll be dining in the stunning 1887 landmark surroundings of the beautiful and friendly Down Town Association, in the company of some of the nicest people in town.
The Down Town Association is easy to reach at 60 Pine Street. Just take the #2 or #3 train to the Wall Street Station, and leave by the Pine Street exit. You'll be across the street from the Down Town Association.
Or you can take the #4 or #5 train to the Wall Street station. Walk three blocks east on Wall Street to William Street. Turn left on William Street and walk one block to Pine. Then turn right on Pine Street. 60 Pine Street is on the left side of the street. (It's simpler than it sounds!)