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‘Hamilton’ educational program available online

The national tour of “Hamilton” comes to Popejoy Hall from Jan. 19-Feb. 7, 2021. It will have 24 performances. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

When “Hamilton” premiered on Broadway in 2015, it became a cultural juggernaut.

Sold-out shows and many national tours have followed.

In fact, the Tony Award-winning musical will be at Popejoy Hall beginning Jan. 19, 2021.

While in-person theater going has stopped for the moment, the creators and producers of “Hamilton” launched “EduHam at Home” — a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of “Hamilton” and America’s founding era together — ultimately creating and performing their own narrative in the form of a song, rap, spoken word, or scene.

“One of the great lessons from ‘Hamilton’ is how it invites everyone’s voice in depicting history,” said Tom Tkach, Popejoy Hall director. “The EduHam program, which has been very successful in bringing history to life for so many students, is now available for everyone. We hope teachers and parents encourage their students to use this program to engage with our nation’s history and use it as a springboard for their own creative expression.”

The program is recommended for, but not limited to, students 6th to 12th grade and their families nationwide.

It also provides an American history curriculum introducing students to the people, events, and documents of the founding era.

EduHam at Home is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program, which has served more than 200,000 students across the country since 2016. Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.

“I’m excited to see the videos,” Miranda said in a video announcing the program. “Every week, they will showcase 10 of the best videos submitted.”

To register, visit gilderlehrman.org/eduhamhome. It will continue to be available through August.

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