By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Tuesday, November 15, and Wednesday, November 16, Alexander Hamilton, one of our nation’s founding fathers and Constitutional framers, will be brought to life at the Oklahoma History Center by Ian Rose, nationally acclaimed historical interpreter and re-enactor.
Rose will give his award-winning performance of Hamilton as the country’s first secretary of the treasury, the founder of the first national bank and a revolutionary war soldier.
He will present Hamilton as a humorous storyteller as well as a patriot who not only fought for freedom, but also played a major role in building a fledgling government, according to a press release regarding the event.
“Ian Rose does a flawless job of portraying one of our Constitutional framers, founder of the first national bank of the United States and first Secretary of the Treasury….not to mention ‘the guy on the ten dollar bill,’ Alexander Hamilton,” said Oklahoma History Center director of marketing Steve Hawkins.
The History Center will present Rose’s depiction of Hamilton in three scheduled performances.
The first will be Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5 for the general public and free for members of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Advance tickets are available by calling 405-522-0765.
The next two performances will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m. for students and 2 p.m. for residents of senior care facilities. These performances will be offered at no cost. These free performances are made possible by Oklahoma Humanities.
“Rose is superb performing in any environment. Whether with young school children, college classes or the White House, Ian has the ability to bring any of his historic characters to life,” Hawkins added.
A historical interpreter for more than 20 years, Rose has been portraying Alexander Hamilton for 10 years. He has appeared at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the State Department and in several documentaries including “Faith and Founding Fathers,” “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” and “Fractured Union” for Mount Vernon.
Rose is a certified sword fighting director and instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors. Commenting on Rose’s performance at the American Historical Theater, William Sommerfield, the theater’s artistic director, said, “For a moment, that summer afternoon, they believed he was Alexander Hamilton. In their rational minds they knew he wasn’t really Hamilton, but they wanted to believe and because of his skill, for a moment they believed.”
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.
The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma.
Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma.
Regular museum hours are Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the OHS, visit www.okhistory.org.