The Story Behind the Musical: Hamilton
We now know him as the “Ten Dollar Founding Father”. That young, scrappy and hungry bastard and orphan, Alexander Hamilton, spent most of his life in New York. But without him, Washington DC would probably not be much more than a small city on the Potomac. As Ron Chernow wrote “"If Washington was the father of the country and Madison was the father of the Constitution, then Alexander Hamilton was surely the father of the American government." And as a result, the city celebrates him everywhere. You just need to know where to look! Join us for a tour of a city so full of Hamilton references you may leave thinking it should have been named Hamilton DC.
We’ll begin at the US Capitol where we’ll view paintings and sculptures of Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers as our guide, Kathleen Bashian, discusses the military campaigns that led to our independence. It’s just a short walk through the tunnel to the Library of Congress, where the original papers of Hamilton (who was known for “writing every second he’s alive”), now reside.
Denver Brunsman will join us for a three course lunch at The Hamilton (of course). He’ll transport us to the “room where it happens” as he discusses the Compromise of 1790 (trade you a capital for a central bank?) and the roles of Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison in this momentous decision. During dessert, he’ll look at how Hamilton “took our country from bankruptcy to prosperity” through his monetary policies.
After lunch, we’ll visit Lafayette Park and the four sculptures of foreigners who served beside Hamilton and helped the United States win the Revolution, including the Marquis de Lafayette and the Comte de Rochambeau. Hamilton can be found nearby right where he belongs - in front of the US Treasury Building. Eliza isn’t far away either – she moved to the H Street neighborhood to live with her daughter, where she “tells his story” and advocates for orphaned children.
Our final stop is the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation's oldest patriotic organization of which Hamilton was one of the founding members. Their special exhibit “Alexander Hamilton’s American Revolution” chronicles his assent from an 18 year old recent immigrant who joined the American forces in 1775 to General George Washington’s “right hand man” and a field commander at the Battle of Yorktown. Finally, the chance to be inches from Hamilton’s military uniform as we explore how his participation in the Revolution helped shape his vision for the new nation.
You don’t want to “miss your shot” because this is truly a once in a lifetime tour. (The special exhibit at the Society closes the following week.)
Saturday, September 8th @ $278.00
Departs Oheb at 7:15 am serving a full breakfast en route. Returning to Baltimore at 4:00 pm serving cold drinks and snacks with an anticipated arrival at 5:30 pm
Dr. Kathleen Bashian, a long time resident of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, holds a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University. She is a Certified Master Guide of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC. and is a popular study leader for the Smithsonian Resident Associates, specializing in the lives of the presidents.
Dr. Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, writes on the politics and social history of the American Revolution, early American republic, and British Atlantic world. He teaches a popular course titled, “George Washington and His World,” which takes place at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. He received his M.A and PhD from Princeton University and is the author of several books.