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News “Alexander Hamilton” Visits Norfolk Area Students on Constitution Day

“Alexander Hamilton” Visits Norfolk Area Students on Constitution Day


Professor Don Hickey
as Alexander Hamilton

On Friday, September 17, Professor Don Hickey, Wayne State College, portrayed Founding Father Alexander Hamilton before audiences of middle school and high school students. The program originated from the Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) on the Northeast Community College Campus. "A Visit with Alexander Hamilton" for middle school students ran from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., and the presentation for high school students began at 2:00 and ended at 3:00 p.m.

Hickey's Chautauqua-style portrayal focused on Hamilton's vision for America and his contribution to the country's founding. He sketched important elements of Hamilton's life, including his youth, his work with George Washington's staff, the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, authorship of the Federalist Papers and his famous feuds. The program in costume and in character was followed by an opportunity to talk with Alexander Hamilton and with Hickey, the scholar of American history who has portrayed Hamilton under the Great Plains Chautauqua tent. This year marked the second in an annual series featuring first-person presentations by "Founding Fathers."

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Introducing Professor Hickey was Justice John Gerrard, Nebraska Supreme Court. Judge Donna Taylor, representing the 7th Judicial District Bar Association, welcomed Gerrard and introduced him to the students and their teachers.

Attending the live events at LLC were students from Norfolk High School, Norfolk Junior High School, and St. Paul's Lutheran School in Norfolk. Teacher sponsors were Kathy Steinkamp, Dorothy Fuller, Bob Beeson, and Seth Fitzsimmons. Joining via distance learning technology were classrooms from Orchard Public School and Elgin Pope John High School. Technical assistance was provided by Educational Service Unit 8 in Neligh with Linda Miller serving as coordinator.

The Constitution Day programs are jointly sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court. This year marks the second in an annual series featuring first-person presentations by "Founding Fathers." The Foundation's Flavel A. Wright Fund for the Study of the Constitution helps underwrite the annual programs.

Constitution Day is a day set aside to observe the ratification of the United States Constitution signed on September 17, 1787. Through legislation enacted in 2004, the annual commemoration of the Constitution is mandatory for schools that receive federal funding. Constitution Day resources for the classroom may be found at the following URL:


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