In the last few years, the cry of "fake news" has pervaded America's public sphere. But it's important to remember that we are not the first generation of Americans to grapple with this problem - far from it!
To help us open our new exhibit, "Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair", CHS has invited Dr. Robert W.T. Martin of Hamilton College to talk about how the founding generation grappled with the free press.
Please join us from 5:30-6 p.m. for the opening reception. At this time guests can also browse the exhibit, which features artifacts from the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, including a pair of dueling pistols, letters written by Hamilton, and even a lock of Hamilton's hair.
Dr. Martin's lecture will begin at 6 p.m.
Famous founder Alexander Hamilton had his own experiences with "fake news." On one well-known occasion, he disproved a false report accusing him of insider trading as the first Treasury Secretary by publicly admitting to an extramarital affair. In a lesser-known episode, Hamilton pushed for a legal case -- going so far as to appear as a witness - against a printer for republishing a false story claiming Hamilton tried to buy out and thereby silence an opposition newspaper. To make sense of these events, and to help us think through our own responses to fake news, Dr. Martin will explore Hamilton's -- as well as Jefferson's and Madison's -- evolving theories of freedom of the press.