President General Brantley Knowles presided
over a brief and informative business meeting
followed by a special lecture
delivered by CDA’s own Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio:
Championing the Hamilton Legacy: Eliza Hamilton’s Fight to Tell Her Husband’s Story
About the Lecture:
In 1804, Alexander Hamilton died from a gunshot wound following a duel with the Vice President of the United States. Despite the outpouring of grief immediately following his death, Hamilton’s widow, Eliza, eventually became worried that her husband, who died so young compared to many of the other “Founding Fathers,” would not receive his rightful place in American history. She began a fifty year quest to preserve his legacy, relying on her own efforts and those of her children to ensure that her husband would not be forgotten. This talk will explore the family’s efforts to document and share Alexander Hamilton’s life.
About the Speaker
Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio is a researcher and speaker on Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Through her role as Vice-President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society, her presentations have been featured at historic sites and on C-SPAN3 American History channel. Nicole currently serves as the Assistant Director of The Colonial Dames of America.