Thinking (and Drinking) with Hamilton: Tavern Culture and the American Revolution | Newberry

Thinking (and Drinking) with Hamilton: Tavern Culture and the American Revolution

John Greenwood, Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam, c. 1758, oil on "bed ticking." Image: Wikimedia Commons

John Greenwood, Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam, c. 1758, oil on “bed ticking.” Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Broadside on the meeting that preceded the Boston Tea Party, 1773.

Broadside on the meeting that preceded the Boston Tea Party, 1773.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Ruggles Hall

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM
REGISTRATION CURRENTLY FULL; see below for more information.
Open to the Public
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Listen to the audio of the panel discussion portion of this program.


Before and during the Revolutionary War, taverns in colonial America became important intersections of oral and print culture. Broadsides, pamphlets, and newspapers were posted there, read aloud, and discussed by individuals on all sides of the conflict. Step back in time to a 1770s tavern in Colonial America. Peruse broadsides and newspapers from the era by lantern-light and play period games, while enjoying snacks, ale, and cider, generously provided by Lakeshore Beverage.


Program, 6 pm


  • A dramatic reading based on the “pamphlet war” between the young Alexander Hamilton and the Anglican cleric and royalist, Samuel Seabury, performed by actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.
  • Discussion among scholars and experts Liz Garibay, Kyle Roberts, and Bill Savage on the crucial role of taverns in revolutionary discourse.

Plan to arrive early enough to visit our small exhibition, Hamilton: The History Behind the Musical.


Download a PDF flyer of this program to post and distribute, and a research guide to Hamilton materials at the Newberry.


Cosponsored with the Jack Miller Center and Lakeshore Beverage.


Cost and Registration Information 

The registration list for this program is full, and priority for admittance will be given to all registrants from 5:30 pm until 5:50 pm. At 5:50 pm, we will open the doors to individuals not on the registration list on a first-come, first-serve basis, if space allows. Although we cannot guarantee seats to those not on the registration list, individuals are welcome to come and try to get seat for this program.