Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create the EduHam at Home free program to help you get your education about history during the COVID-19 crisis. If you read the words “get your education” and couldn’t help but sing “don’t forget from whence you came,” this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
The new EduHam at Home is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program which began in 2016 and has created a curriculum for more than 160,000 students across the country to do in schools visiting Broadway to see the show. The program is now available to the public online and encourages fans of the musical and history junkies to study primary source documents from the era of our Founding Fathers. There are lessons on how Lin-Manuel Miranda himself used these historical documents to create the Broadway smash Hamilton. Students can use what they’ve learned to create their own performance pieces.
What’s included in your free registration? A welcome video from Miranda and tips and guidance from teachers, videos of past submissions, interviews with Miranda and Ron Chernow (who wrote the definitive biography that inspired Miranda), and a vast selection of primary sources to inspire your research.
Plus, if your song, rap, spoken-word poems or scenes are awesome, select performances will be shared for more EduHam students to see.
Lin-Manuel Miranda visited Conan O’Brien at home to announce the initiative. The duo also bantered about self-care routines and freestyled a song about Conan’s day called, “OK, Boomer.” Watch the full video below so the song makes sense.
In case you missed it, last week Miranda reunited the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast on John Krasinski’s Some Good News.