SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Alexander Hamilton presentation was recently hosted and sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) for students in St. Johns County. Eben Kuhns, a professional actor with the American Historical Theatre, represented Hamilton during three stages of the character’s life including the early years and education, during wartime and establishing America’s independence, and Hamilton’s work in Congress for the Constitution and establishment of the National Bank.
Jan. 19, the performance was held for students at Creekside High School in St. Johns and sponsored by the NSCDA-FL’s St. Augustine Town Committee. More than 500 Advanced Placement (A.P.) U.S. History and Dual Enrollment American History students from Bartram Trail High School and Creekside along with U.S. History teachers from the high schools attended the event. Others attending the event included St. Johns County School Board Chairman, Bill Mignon; Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dawn Sapp; Former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Martha Mickler; Director of Leadership Development, Paula Steele; Curriculum Specialist, Laura Wynn; Principal of Bartram Trail High School, Chris Phelps, and Principal of Creekside High School, Steve McCormick.
The presentation focused on three stages of Hamilton’s life including his early years and education, his years during the War for American Independence, his work in Congress for the Constitution, and the establishment of the National Bank.
The performance supported the curriculum for both A.P. U.S. History and Dual Enrollment American History. In A.P., U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately the year 1491 to the present. The presentation content also addressed several of course themes including American and national identity; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology, and America in the world. In Dual Enrollment American History, students study the social, economic, political, religious, intellectual and cultural factors that contributed to the growth of the United States from European backgrounds to the year 1877, making the presentation meaningful for the specific courses.
The presenter also provided an analysis, from Hamilton’s perspective, of our nation’s founding documents including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers while aiding teachers and students in their pursuit to examine multiple perspectives and to gain historical understanding. History came to life for the specially selected students, allowing them an alternate connection with their school curriculum.
Eben Kuhns is a Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. When not portraying Alexander Hamilton, he may be found at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate portraying George Washington. As Alexander Hamilton, he has appeared at Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Independence National Historical Park, the National Archives of the U.S., the New York Historical Society, the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, along with schools and historical associations across the United States.
The NSCDA-FL brings more than 13 years of historic character performances to students throughout northeast Florida. The award-winning performances are recognized by the NSCDA-FL’s historical actor program and received the Lamar Award for Excellence in the Historical Activities category.
NSCDA-FL has a mission to support public outreach which promotes the nation’s heritage through preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. NSCDA-FL is the owner operator of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum at 20 Aviles in historic downtown St. Augustine, Fla. The property is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4:00 pm and tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 11 am until 3:30 pm, and closed on Sundays and Mondays. The property is available for group functions including weddings and events. During tours, regular admission is free for St. Johns County residents; adults $10; children, students, seniors and military $8, and the family rate is $20. Private group rates are $6.50 per person.