Can’t get enough of Alexander Hamilton? Then head to the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford for more on the colorful Founding Father.
Back in 2009, Thomas Kail got more than an inkling that his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new project was something special.
The museum and library’s newest exhibit, Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair, is a slightly lighthearted look at the life and times of the real historical figure, featuring Revolutionary War-era clothing, artwork and objects. On display through Feb. 23, the exhibit features a set of dueling pistols similar to those used by Hamilton’s rival, Aaron Burr, a piece of the first American flag made by Betsy Ross, an engraving of the Boston Massacre by Paul Revere, a rare Loyalist red coat, a 1776 copy of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, and, yes, a lock of Hamilton’s hair.
“We love how Broadway has embraced this important historical figure and made Hamilton the talk of the town,” says Jody Blankenship, chief executive of the Connecticut Historical Society. “It gives us a wonderful occasion to reach back into our Revolutionary War archives and bring some great pieces from that era out for everyone to view and enjoy once again. To reflect the tone of the musical, we have kept this exhibit on the lighter side and made this part of our history fun for all.”
With a backdrop of quotes and photos from Hamilton, you’ll see more portraits, posters and objects relating to the real-life figures of the musical — historical letters written by Hamilton and George Washington, a necklace owned by Theodosia Burr, Aaron Burr’s daughter, and an original broadside of Washington’s farewell address, which Hamilton helped to write.
If you’re lucky enough to score tickets for Hamilton at The Bushnell, check out the historical society’s display of Hamilton-related items including a set of dueling pistols and a dress from the late 1700s.
On Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., the historical society will host a free lecture, Alexander Hamilton and Fake News, about how the Founding Fathers viewed and dealt with a free press.
The Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors (65 and over), $8 students (with valid college ID) and youth (6-17).