Alexander and Eliza’s Rings, Handkerchiefs, and Wedding Cake (Hamilton 33)

Today, September 2, 2016, is the last day of the Hamilton memorabilia exhibition at the Rare Book and Manuscripts Library in the Butler Library, Columbia University. It includes Alexander and Eliza’s wedding bands.

Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton's wedding bands. Columbia University, Butler Library.

Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton’s wedding bands (the names are engraved on them). Columbia University, Butler Library. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

If you don’t get chills looking at these, you’re dead to me.

The exhibition also has their amazing hand-worked wedding handkerchiefs.

Hamilton wedding handkerchief. Columbia University, Butler Library. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Hamilton wedding handkerchief. Columbia University, Butler Library. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Hamilton wedding handkerchief. Columbia University, Butler Library. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Hamilton wedding handkerchief. Columbia University, Butler Library. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Since we’re on the subject of weddings: the recipe for Alexander and Eliza’s wedding cake (maybe?!?) has surfaced. See the article here. If you make it, let me know how it tastes. Twelve pounds of flour, 12 pounds of sugar, 4 quarts of booze: you’d better plan to have quite a large party.

Recipe for Alexander and Eliza's wedding cake?!?

Recipe for Alexander and Eliza’s wedding cake?!?

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  • To reach the rare book room at Butler Library, you’ll have to present an ID and get a day pass. No big deal. If it’s past September 2, 2016, when you read this, phone the Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at (212) 854-5590 and ask if the exhibition run past its official closing date. Apparently that sometimes happens.
  • Thanks to Judith Weiss for alerting me to the wedding-cake recipe, and to Rand Scholet of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society for alerting me to the Columbia exhibition.
  • I’ve started adding comments based on these blog posts to the Genius.com pages on the Hamilton Musical: a fantastic resource. Follow me @DianneDurante.
  • The usual disclaimer: This is the thirty-third in a series of posts on Hamilton: An American Musical My intro to this series is here. Other posts are available via the tag cloud at lower right.
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About Dianne L. Durante

I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.

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