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Entergy Supports Hamilton Education Program in New Orleans

03/29/2019

Hamilton Education Performers in Chicago, February 2017. Used with permission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Hamilton Education Performers in Chicago, February 2017. Used with permission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Hamilton Education Performers in Chicago, February 2017. Used with permission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Hamilton Education Performers in Chicago, February 2017. Used with permission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The innovative educational program that debuted at Hamilton on Broadway continued in New Orleans on March 29, when more than 2,600 students and teachers from 41 high schools attended a matinee performance of the musical at the Saenger Theatre. The Hamilton producers made tickets for this educational partnership available for $70, $60 of which was subsidized in part by a grant from Entergy Corporation.

The March 29 performance in New Orleans provided more than 2,600 high school students the opportunity to experience the musical Hamilton after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers.

“Once our students saw how history could be expressed in a way that was outside the confines of simply reading and writing, they could not get enough,” said Nicholas Katz, a teacher at KIPP Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans, one of the schools participating in the program. “The excitement that students felt after watching performances from Hamilton online compelled them to be the most engaged in historical material that I've seen all year.”

In addition to seeing a performance of Hamilton, students participated in a Q&A with members of the Hamilton company. Students representing various schools in attendance also performed an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on the Saenger Theatre Arts stage in front of their peers. 

“At Entergy, we look for meaningful giving opportunities in the areas of education and community enrichment,” said David Ellis, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “The Hamilton Education Program is exactly the kind of effort we want to be a part of, because it’s an investment in the communities we serve and the things that make our service area a great place to live. We know these kids will amaze us all with their talent.”

The Hamilton Education Program is currently open to high school students studying American History in Title I schools. The Gilder Lehrman Institute selects the schools after verifying their Title I status, on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

About Entergy Corporation

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and nearly 13,700 employees.

 

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