MEDIA PREVIEW OF “BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC” EXHIBIT AT WILLARD
Two-day special exhibit features original manuscript of classic Civil War hymn
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
An exclusive first look at the original manuscript of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as it returns to the place it was written – the Willard InterContinental Hotel. A private media preview precedes a two-day special event celebrating Julia Ward Howe’s popular song. Howe remembered writing the lyrics during her stay as a guest at the Willard: “I sprang out of bed… I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.” The hymn appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became a classic anthem in the wake of the Civil War, and endures in its symbolic patriotism today.
Media preview includes:
`Exhibit of Howe’s original manuscript in the Willard lobby with Museum of the Bible curator Herschel A. Kepler
Welcome remarks from Jeremy C. Burton, Director of Communications, Museum of the Bible
Statement from Shannon Schneider, Director of Sales and Marketing, the Willard InterContinental Hotel
Two-day public exhibit includes:
Live performances of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other period piece music by pianist Robert Frost each night at 5pm.
Tuesday, November 1 at 11:30am
Public Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday, November 1 from 12pm to 7pm
Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 7pm
The Willard InterContinental
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
COST: Free to the public
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