We can’t believe it’s already August; summer is in full swing in Washington, DC and there’s still over a month left of Hamilton at The Kennedy Center.
Can’t get enough of the hit show? Our in-house hotel historian, Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D. has a DC insider’s tip for you!
Did you know that the main building of the Library of Congress is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who sold his personal collection of 6,487 books to Congress for $23,500 in 1815? In 1848, the US government purchased Alexander Hamilton’s papers from his family for $20,000. This summer, in honor of Hamilton, the Musical coming to Washington, DC you can see highlights of both!
What remains of Jefferson’s original library is on permanent display, but through August 21, the Library is featuring ten items (many in Hamilton’s own handwriting) in “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress.” Fans of Hamilton: An American Musical will find source material for many of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song lyrics. See if you can spot the inspiration for “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down),” “Helpless,” “Non-Stop,” and “Best of Wives and Best of Women.” Feel like a deeper dive? Take a closer look !
Don’t forget! Our own Feud of the Founding Fathers continues with cocktails in Quill and our Hamilton vs. Jefferson DC tour!