In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the first publication of The Federalist, on Saturday, October 27, 2012, the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce its sponsorship, of two events: a blood drive and a special guest lecture on the Election of 1980, the third installment of the AHI’s special presidential election series.  Both events, open to public; will be held at the AHI’s headquarters, the former Alexander Hamilton Inn, 21 W. Park Row, Clinton, New York.

The brothers of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, the AHI Undergraduate Fellows, and the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will join forces to sponsor a blood drive from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the AHI’s headquarters. In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Association of the Red Cross.  As a young woman in 1851, she attended a pioneering coeducational academy, the Liberal Institute, run by the Universalist Church in Clinton, NY. The event recognizes Clara Barton’s historic ties to Clinton. Each donor will receive an AHI pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and coupons from Taco Bell.  Refreshments will be provided.

Later in the day, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the AHI’s Publius Society will continue its examination of threshold elections in American history with the help of Dr. David B. Frisk, author of “If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement” (2012). Dr. Frisk received his Ph.D. in political science in 2009 from the Claremont Graduate University. The event, co-sponsored by the AHI’s Publius Society and the Hamilton College Republican Club, is also open to the public and will include a book signing.

The Federalist consists of 85 articles or essays that promote the ratification of the United States Constitution.  They were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force. –Federalist #1