February 15, 2016 — The Broadway hit “Hamilton” continues to inspire and educate audiences, as explained in today’s edition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Reporter Sarah Heffern writes: “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” may be the final line of the hit musical “Hamilton,” but preservationists know that sometimes who tells your story isn’t, in fact, a who, but a where.
It will come as no great shock when I say there are a lot of self-described history nerds working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation—but that there are also a substantial number of musical theater enthusiasts might be more of a surprise.
This overlap in interests has become very clear over the last several months, as an obsession with the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” has overtaken our headquarters. On most days, eavesdropping in the lunch room will reveal at least one conversation about the show, in which creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has fused the historical information of Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton with hip-hop, rap, and show tunes.
Many of these lunchtime chats center around “How can I get tickets without having to sell a kidney/my house to pay for them?” But because we’re preservationists, we also discuss the places referenced in the show, and wonder which we might be able to visit—and if visiting is too nerdy (or just nerdy enough).
Assuming we can’t be the only building-huggers out there thinking about Hamilton pilgrimages, the idea for this story was born. Or shall I say, thesestories, as the places mentioned in Act Two will be covered later this week (wait for it!). For—despite the fact that his life was significantly shorter than many of the Founding Fathers—Alexander Hamilton really got around.