Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s Freedom Award

The United States Capitol Historical Society is thrilled to present the 2017 Freedom Award to Lin-Manuel Miranda. The award-winning playwright, composer, lyricist, and performer has made amazing strides to advance public understanding of and appreciation for freedom through his work on the musical Hamilton and his subsequent Hamilton Education Project.

Hamilton: An American Musical, which focuses on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and the events which led to the creation of the United States has won eleven Tony Awards and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Routinely performing to sold-out theaters, the musical has expanded to run a U.S. Tour while maintaining shows in New York, Chicago, and a production that will open in London this fall.

“We are very honored to present this award to Mr. Miranda,” said Don Carlson, Chair of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. “We give him this award because of his unique ability to engage new audiences with our history and his dedication to inspiring informed civic participation”

“I am humbled to receive the Freedom Award from The U.S. Capitol Historical Society”, commented Mr. Miranda.  “The last few years have been an amazing journey with Hamilton. As people have embraced the show, they’ve embraced the ideals, passions and struggles of our Founding Fathers, which are still relevant to our country today. I could never have dreamed to be honored alongside legendary civil rights pioneers like Congressman John Lewis. I am truly grateful.”

Mr. Miranda, Mr. Jeffrey Seller and the Hamilton team have partnered with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create the Hamilton Education Program, which partners with Title I high schools throughout the US to integrate primary documents from the Founding Era into the curriculum and brings the students to see the musical at special matinee performances.

James G. Basker, President, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, had this praise for Miranda “Lin Manuel’s Hamilton is the greatest thing to happen in American theater and American history in the last 50 years. He is the creative talent for our time, a visionary who makes us feel the wonder and excitement of the American story, past, present and future”.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has also received a MacArthur Genius Award, a George Washington Book Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a Records of Achievement Award from the National Archives Foundation, and Honorary Doctorates from Yeshiva University, the University of Pennsylvania and his alma mater, Wesleyan University.

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society annually recognizes individuals that have advanced greater public understanding and appreciation for freedom as represented by the U.S. Capitol and Congress. The Society initiated its Freedom Award on September 17, 1993, the eve of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol Cornerstone by George Washington in 1793. It is named for the statue that graces the Capitol’s dome.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Credit Matthew Murphy

Mr. Miranda will receive the Freedom Award on September 12 in the U.S. Capitol at an event attended by Members of Congress, and special guests of Mr. Miranda and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.