Those words, from the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, have given me somewhat of a "theme" to focus The Classic Preppy on this month. Did you know that October is Family History Month? Well, it is...and we are going to jump right in, so grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte or whatever you'd like (I'm a tea girl myself)...and let's go!
My travel has come to an end...at least for the next 10 days...and I must say, my last trip (to New York) was one of the highlights of my summer. (It was also a little eye-opening, since bombs were going off/train stations being closed, etc. as we made our way back and forth from Virginia to NYC.)
The trip was a brief overnight to take Younger Daughter to see Hamilton...her all time favorite show. We got into town early enough to pick up tickets for another show, too, and saw Holiday Inn as well. (More on that later...but get your tickets now!!!)
Brunch with friends at Alice's Tea Cup was the perfect way to start our day...and led us right into the matinee performance of Hamilton. I am a huge fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda's and thought the music was terrific from the time I first heard it. I was sure the staging and choreography would be equally top-notch (which it was), but the thing that really fascinated me about seeing this show was to see just how they would tell Alexander Hamilton's story.
Before this smash Broadway hit, how many of us really knew that much about Alexander Hamilton? He is a figure of some renown in the American story...but most people can only tell you that he is on the $10 bill and was shot and killed in a duel by Aaron Burr. That's about it. This man was a Founding Father, a very important cog in the wheel of the American Revolution and the establishment of the first American Government. But we had stopped telling his story. Or, perhaps we never did? Thankfully, because Hamilton was quite the writer, we have a trail to follow...and follow it Lin-Manuel Miranda did. He has brought Alexander Hamilton's story to life...and we should be grateful.
So, this month, please join me on that journey. I will be connecting my readers to professionals in the most interesting areas of genealogy and sharing my own family stories with you as well. We'll talk about research, archiving your family papers and pictures, and much more as we move into November. The first link I want you to have, I actually put on my Twitter feed a little while ago. It's Amy Johnson Crow's 31 Days to Better Genealogy...a great daily email with super suggestions. It's absolutely free and I love her work! Click here to join in. (*This is not a paid endorsement and I offer no guarantees, etc. It's just a program I have done before...the 1.0 version...and got a lot out of!)