History Comes Alive

Declaration of Independence to go on display during Hamilton run in Dallas

Declaration of Independence to go on display during Hamilton in Dallas

Joseph Morales and Marcus Choi in Hamilton
The documents will be on display, free of charge, during regular box office hours and during each performance. Photo by Joan Marcus

A copy of the Declaration of Independence and other historical American documents will go on display during the run of Hamilton in Dallas, April 2 to May 5.

Dallas Summer Musicals, in partnership with the Dallas Public Library and Seth Kaller Inc., will present a collection of Revolutionary War and Founding Era documents in the lobby of the Music Hall at Fair Park during the show's run.

The centerpiece of the display will be the Dallas Public Library’s rare, July 4, 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence. 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.

In addition to the Declaration, the display will include a collection of documents and artifacts from Seth Kaller, Inc. and University Archives' unique Alexander Hamilton collection. Among the documents are a revealing love letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, a first edition of the “Reynolds Pamphlet” that Hamilton wrote, Hamilton’s important financial papers, Alexander Hamilton Jr.’s annotated copy of the Federalist Papers, and original letters and documents of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson, Burr, and more.

The collection will be on display, free of charge, every day during regular box office hours and during each Hamilton performance. The box office is open at 10 am Mondays-Saturdays and noon on Sundays, and closes at intermission of evening performances. 

Hamilton ticket holders are encouraged to arrive around 1 1/2 hours early to their performance to ensure they will have enough time to view the collection. Those interested in entering a lottery for $10 tickets can find information here.