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Schuyler Sisters of stage meet their inspiration through art

August 16, 2019 02:44 PM

ALBANY - Hannah Cruz, Olivia Puckett and Stephanie Umoh play the Schuyler Sisters in "Hamilton" at Proctors. Now, they are visiting "The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle." The exhibit at Albany Institute of History and Art.

The prominent Dutch family in the 18th and 19th centuries played a central role in the formation of the United States. Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and his wife Catharine Van Rensselaer raised eight children including daughters: Angelica Schuyler Church, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, and Peggy Schuyler Van Rensselaer. The sisters' circle also included Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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With clothing, portraits and documents, this exhibit was born from the popularity of the hit show about America's Founding Father, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolution and the first Treasury Secretary.

The Institute was founded in 1791, when the Schuyler sisters' house guest, George Washington, was president. There is also a tour held in conjunction at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.

"Hamilton" runs through next Sunday, August 25, at Proctors in Schenectady. The exhibit at the Albany Institute is up until December 29.


MORE INFORMATION: Schuyler Sisters exhibit at Albany Institute of History and Art | "Hamilton at Proctors"

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