“And when my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.”

The Crucian Days of Alexander Hamilton

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30 pm, Dr. Meredith Hardy will present a lecture on Alexander Hamilton’s youth on St. Croix.

Alexander Hamilton’s story is the subject of numerous volumes of historic research, of newspaper and journal articles, and now, an award-winning Broadway musical. While all this work pays homage to his time on St. Croix, to the influence this time had on his future self, they tend to leave out his own voice, and the daily activities and interactions he would have experienced. Dr. Meredith Hardy will present a snapshot of the world in which young Alexander Hamilton lived, and how this world shaped the beliefs and actions for which he later became so well known.


Meredith Hardy is the acting Cultural Resource Program Manager for Christiansted National Historic Site, and is an archeologist and the Coordinator for Interpretation and Education at the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center. She has been conducting archeological research on St. Croix since 2002, and has worked with the park on several new museum exhibits, including the 50th anniversary of Buck Island Reef National Monument, and the upcoming exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States. Her research encompasses prehistoric and historic island and coastal communities, trade, foodways, and the emergence of creole societies. She has a Ph.D. from Florida State University and an MS from the University of New Orleans.

The lecture will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, Company Street, Christiansted. The Fort parking lot will be open until 7 pm.

The Friends of the St. Croix USVI National Parks welcome you to join us at 5 pm before the lecture in the same location to learn about our organization and our partners.

Help support our work. Brochures and membership applications will be available.