Posted on March 27th, 2019
Dallas, TX (March 26, 2019) – Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM), in partnership with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller Inc., announced today that a collection of Revolutionary War and Founding Era documents will be on display at the Music Hall at Fair Park during the Dallas engagement of HAMILTON from April 2 to May 5. The centerpiece of the display will be the Dallas Public Library’s rare, July 4, 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence.
“We’re so proud to partner with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller, Inc. to add this exciting element to Dallas’ HAMILTON experience,” said DSM President Ken Novice. “We encourage everyone, whether you have a ticket to the show or not, to come down to the Music Hall and see this exciting display of our nation’s history.”
On the night of July 4th, 1776, Philadelphia printer John Dunlap was tasked with printing the first broadside of the Declaration of Independence. The broadsides were printed by the next day and distributed to every colony, as well as to the head of the Continental Army, General George Washington.
It was the first published version of the text, the first version to be made public and the version that most printers relied upon for their own editions going forward. There are only 26 known copies remaining in existence, including the one in the Dallas Public Library’s collection. It is the only copy in the western United States and one of only a few that are in good condition.
“HAMILTON is a cultural phenomenon that has brought great attention to the Founding Era,” added Jo Giudice, Director of the Dallas Public Libraries. “We are thrilled to loan our rare Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence to DSM so that thousands of people can learn more about the musical’s historical context.”
In addition to the Declaration, Seth Keller, Inc. and University Archives will be loaning an amazing collection of documents and artifacts from their unique Alexander Hamilton collection, including:
“We are so excited to share a small portion of our extensive Hamilton collection with the people of Dallas,” said Seth Kaller.
The unique collection will be on display, free of charge, in the lobby of the Music Hall at Fair Park (909 First Avenue) from April 2 through May 5 during regular box office hours and during each HAMILTON performance (Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to end of intermission, Sunday: noon to end of intermission).
DSM encourages HAMILTON ticket holders to arrive as early as possible (suggested 1.5 hours before curtain) to ensure they will have enough time to view this collection.
Tickets for HAMILTON are on sale now and available at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in-person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons are advised to check for late release seats which may become available at short notice. In addition, the show is offering a digital lottery, with 40 tickets being sold for every performance for $10 each. More information and guidelines on the lottery can be found here.
About Dallas Summer Musicals
Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.
DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214-421-5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Dallas Public Library
Dallas Public Library operates the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and 28 branch locations, serving more than 9 million visitors in FY2018. A library card is free for any Dallas resident. For information on the many free programs and services available at Dallas Public Library, visit www.dallaslibrary.org.
About Seth Keller and University Archives
The exhibit is provided by Seth Kaller, Inc., of White Plains, NY, and University Archives of Westport, CT. Seth Kaller, a leading expert in Documents of Freedom, has spent the last 30 years building historic collections for individuals and institutions. More information can be found at www.AHamilton.com