On Sunday, May 12, forget the myth of self-made men. Many of New York’s great entrepreneurs and heroes were mom-made. Those moms are lucky to rate more than a few words in history books. Yet it was the moms who made their sons who they were, and New York and the entire country what we are today. No exaggeration.
One of the many highlights of the tour:
Rachel Faucette Lavien, mother of Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton is written and sung about as a bastard. But it was Rachel’s second partner and A’s father who was the real bastard. James A. Hamilton was his Scottish family’s black sheep. When he took up with Rachel he squandered her small inheritance. Then he took off for parts unknown.
Throughout this rocky beginning, Rachel always made sure her sons had good books to read.
No Rachel, no books. No books, no article on a hurricane in the newspaper that got Alexander noticed and sent off to America for schooling. No education at Columbia University, no Federalist Papers. Then no deal with Thomas Jefferson to make Washington the capital of bureaucracy and New York the capital of business.
Thank you, Rachel.
Appropriate age: 16 and up. Grandmothers especially welcome.
Transportation: Coach with some easy walking
Start: 10:00 am on the steps of the Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green
Subways: #1, R, W, 4, 5, A, C Bus: #15
End: 1:00 pm-ish Lincoln Center
Price: $130 per person
Friends and Family Discount Code: MOMNYC
Preregistration required: www.manhattanpassport.nyc
Space is limited.
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