Hammerstein Museum to Offer Tours This Summer in Honor of Legendary Lyricist's Birthday

Reported Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Pictured Above: Oscar Hammerstein during auditions for “Here We Go!”, the preliminary name for Oklahoma.  Photo Credit: The New York Public Library.

NEWSROOM POST:  DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

(DOYLESTOWN, PA) –  Happy 129th Birthday (July 12) to Oscar Hammerstein II!

 

This summer the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center in Doylestown, PA will offer tours of the legendary lyricist’s Doylestown home Fridays at 11 AM and Sundays at 3 PM in July and August. Tickets are available at HammersteinMuseum.org 

The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Oscar Hammerstein II’s Doylestown home and telling the story of his legacy as a librettist, lyricist, humanitarian, and mentor. Tours of Hammerstein’s historic Highland Farm have become increasingly popular among local residents and visitors alike. The forty-five-minute tours include riveting stories about Hammerstein’s musical family, how his groundbreaking musicals forever changed the modern-day book-musical, and additional insight into his contributions to society through his many humanitarian acts.

Pictured Above: A close up of Highland Farm current day.  Photo Credit:  Contributed.

Pictured Above: Oscar Hammerstein II in his study where he wrote most of his lyrics and fought for racial equality every day.  Photo Credit: Contributed.

Pictured Above: Highland Farm where Hammerstein lived and worked is located in Bucks County, PA.  The area is a long established haven for Broadway theatrical professionals from New York City (1940’s).  Photo Credit:  Contributed.

Hammerstein’s role as a mentor and humanitarian will play a large role in the forthcoming theatre education center at OHMTEC.  Plans include a youth theater company; classes in theater, dance, and music production; mentorship programs for young adults and emerging professionals; school programming; writer’s retreats; and outreach programs for all ages, both in-person and virtual.

Individuals and entities interested in helping to Create Hammerstein Museum can visit OHMTEC’s donation page at HammersteinMuseum.org.  Contributions of any amount can be made by check, credit card or appreciated securities. Naming opportunities are available for rooms and spaces in the house and barn.

For more information email hammersteinmuseum@gmail.com.

Pictured Above: Jerome Kern, Paul Robeson, Oscar Hammerstein.  Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

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