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Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Be Honored by New-York Historical Society

The men behind ”Hamilton” will receive the 2015 History Makers Award.

Lin-Manuel Miranda with two of the Drama Desk Awards he won for the off-Broadway production of his musical  Hamilton.
Lin-Manuel Miranda with two of the Drama Desk Awards he won for the off-Broadway production of his musical Hamilton.
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The New-York Historical Society will present Ron Chernow, writer of the biography Alexander Hamilton, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, with the distinguished 2015 History Makers Award during its annual History Makers Gala on November 9. The event, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, will feature a conversation with the honorees moderated by Charlie Rose.

The dinner's chairs will be Helen and Robert Appel, Susan and Roger Hertog, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Pam and Scott Schafler, and Bernard L. Schwartz. The evening will also include a special tribute to Richard Gilder, trustee and chairman emeritus of the New-York Historical Society.

Ron Chernow was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in biography for his books on the lives of both John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was also the first recipient of the influential George Washington Prize for the year’s best book on the founding era. Along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chernow received a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical as a member of the creative team of the musical Hamilton.

Inspired by Ron Chernow's biography, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America. Directed by Thomas Kail, the musical opened on Broadway on August 6. At the 2015 Drama Desk Awards, Miranda won for Outstanding Book, Outstanding Music, and Outstanding Lyrics for Hamilton's off-Broadway run at the Public Theater.

The funds raised benefit the New-York Historical Society’s programs, including its major Museum exhibitions and education programs serving over 200,000 New York City public school students annually.

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