Hamilton performance coming! January 7, 2019 • Communications Coordinator Join us for a trip back to colonial America with a performance by Bill Chrystal of “America’s Founding Fathers, Slavery, and Religion: Thoughts from Alexander Hamilton, “ 7 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2019 in the CVUU sanctuary. Chrystal is the nation’s leading interpreter of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), the First Secretary of the Treasury and author of our financial system. Over the past decade as a historical interpreter, he has performed hundreds of times.Bill believes in bringing history and all of its lessons alive for his audiences. As a Hamilton scholar, he dons colonial garb and offers insights gained over decades of study and research. The performance is interactive – as Hamilton, Chrystal will interact with the audience and answers any question they have for him. The question may be about his time or today. Every answer will be grounded in something Hamilton did, said or wrote. Chrystal’s thorough knowledge as a Hamilton scholar gives a lively and authentic feel to the performance. In February 2012, Chrystal was named the first National Alexander Hamilton Scholar by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. He is the author or editor of seven books including Hamilton by the Slice: Falling in Love with Our Most Influential Founding Father; and, he is the founding editor of the Alexander Hamilton Working Papers, an occasional publication devoted to new research and information about the man on the Ten Dollar Bill. For twelve years, he was the host of the nationally syndicated public radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour. He is also a retired clergyman with a B.A. and Master of Education from the University of Washington; a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary; and a M.A. in American History from Johns Hopkins. Guests who arrive early will be treated to a short performance by the Itinerant Band at 6:30 p.m. The band specializes in the music of early America and is made up of musicians from the Tidewater area region of southeastern Virginia. They perform tunes and songs from the English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other European traditions that would have been heard in 17th and 18th century America. Tickets are $25 at the door. Cuhildren under 12 are free and there is childcare. There will be a pizza dinner at 5:30 p.m. (for donations) for church members who get tickets early. It will be on the third floor.