Past Events

November 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//aadams-birthplace.jpg Cradle to Grave—Abigail Smith Adams: Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Life 3 November 2019.Sunday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM Participants will follow in Abigail's footsteps on a park trolley to the Abigail Smith Adams ...

Participants will follow in Abigail's footsteps on a park trolley to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, the John Quincy Adams Birthplace in Quincy, and finally to the United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents in Quincy. They will be served tea and explore the homes where Abigail was born, was married, and where she raised her children during the American Revolution. They will be welcomed by Abigail Adams herself and hear stories of her life before ending the tour with a visit to Abigail's tomb in the Adams Crypt.

The tour begins at the Visitors Center at Adams National Historical Park, 1250 Hancock Street in downtown Quincy, MA. Validated parking is available in the Presidents Place Galleria Parking Garage accessed via Saville Avenue. From there participants will board a park trolley as they head off to follow in Abigail’s footsteps, from the cradle to the grave.

This half-day, three-site, guided historic program will be offered TWICE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD ONLY. Space is limited to 24 participants on each tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

For more information and to register:

Morning Tour Ticket

The morning tour begins at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM. Please arrive at the Adams National Park Visitors Center at 1250 Hancock Street in Quincy NO LATER THAN 8:45 AM to ensure your participation in the tour. Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

Afternoon Tour Ticket

The afternoon tour begins at 12:30 PM and ends at 3:30 PM. Please arrive at the Adams National Park Visitors Center at 1250 Hancock Street in Quincy NO LATER THAN 12:15 PM to ensure your participation in the tour. Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

Institutions: The Abigail Adams Birthplace, Adams National Historical Park, and United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents

Fee: $10.00

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October 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/womens-mem.jpg The Final Farewell: Voices from Abigail’s Past 27 October 2019.Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join us at the Thomas Crane Public Library as members of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail ...

Join us at the Thomas Crane Public Library as members of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail bring to life some of the most important and influential women in Abigail Adams’s life, including her mother, Elizabeth Quincy Smith, her elder sister, Mary Smith Cranch, her daughter, Abigail Adams Smith, her daughter-in-law Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, and her friend Mercy Otis Warren. The women will pay tribute to Abigail and express what it meant to them to have her as a daughter, mother, sister, and friend.

Institution: Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, Thomas Crane Public Library

Location: Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//l_l.png Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Pop-Up Display Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the fourth and final Remember Abigail display. ...

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the fourth and final Remember Abigail display.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 6 October 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours ...

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//hg_cover_hires.jpg Author talk with Dr. Sara Georgini: Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family 3 October 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM Join us as Dr. Sara Georgini talks about her book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the ...

Join us as Dr. Sara Georgini talks about her book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family, leading into a discussion of how thinkers like Mary Baker Eddy and the Adamses engaged with the pressing questions of religious relevance in a modernizing world.

 

Dr. Georgini will also give a pre-talk in our Mapparium® on the global and spiritual travels of the Adamses.

 

6:00 p.m. Doors open for refreshments

6:15 p.m. Pre-talk with Dr. Georgini in the Mapparium (free registration required)

7:00 p.m. Author Talk: Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family

 

Location: The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Sara Georgini earned her Ph.D. in American history at Boston University. She is Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, part of the Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family is a history of faith and doubt in one American family. It charts the cosmopolitan Christianity that the Adamses developed while acting as transnational agents of American politics and culture.

 

If you have further questions, please contact Russel Fogg at foggr@mbelibrary.org.

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September 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//l_l.png begins Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy (Ongoing) 27 September 2019.Friday, all day This pop-up display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the ways Abigail ...

This pop-up display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the ways Abigail viewed her own legacy and how and why we continue to Remember Abigail today.

This is the final of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society as part of #RememberAbigail. Life & Legacy will be on display from September 27, 2019, through January 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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ends Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals (Ongoing) 21 September 2019.Saturday, all day Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

This is the third of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Independence & Ideals will be on display from July 1 through September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals Pop-Up Display Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.   Institution: Massachusetts ...

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg Cider Pressing Demonstration & Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 8 September 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Please join us for open hours and a cider-pressing demonstration. An important seasonal activity in ...

Please join us for open hours and a cider-pressing demonstration. An important seasonal activity in colonial times, cider pressing produced one of the most popular beverages consumed by people of all ages through the early nineteenth century.

Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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August 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 11 August 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours ...

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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July 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals Pop-Up Display Talk 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.   Institution: Massachusetts ...

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 14 July 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours ...

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour 3 July 2019.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants ...

Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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begins Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals (Ongoing) 1 July 2019.Monday, all day Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

This is the third of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Independence & Ideals will be on display from July 1 through September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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June 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture Pop-Up Display Talk 28 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.   Institution: Massachusetts ...

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg ends Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture (Ongoing) 28 June 2019.Friday, all day “The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of ...

“The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

 

This is the second of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Nature & Nurture will be on display from April 29 through June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//aahistsoclogo.jpg Frozen in Time: The Portraits of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren 27 June 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Edith Gelles, Stanford University Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren are the two most famous women ...

Edith Gelles, Stanford University

Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren are the two most famous women of Revolutionary America. We know them from their exquisite early portraits, the one in pastel by the limnist Benjamin Blyth and the other by the incomparable John Singleton Copley. We know them, too, from their surviving writings that create portraits in prose. Each type of portraiture, however, has something unique to suggest about the identity of the two women. Paintings show color, expression, context that are vivid and lasting. Words capture action and reaction, change as well as continuity. Each has a different impact, but together they are complementary, and provide a fuller story of two fascinating Founding Mothers.

Edith Gelles is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her research has focused on women in colonial America and especially on Abigail Adams. Most recently, Dr. Gelles edited the Library of America edition of Abigail Adams: Letters, which includes the full range of Adams's correspondence and more than 100 letters published for the first time. Dr. Gelles has also written two biographies of Adams: Portia: World of Abigail Adams,which won the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award, and Abigail Adams: A Writing Life. Her double biography, Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage, was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared in several documentaries.

This program is co-sponsored by the Abigail Adams Birthplace and the Hingham Historical Society. Doors will open at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00. Ms. Gelles's talk will be followed by a book signing and wine and cheese reception. Books will be available for sale.

Tickets are $35 each, or $60 for two. Space is very limited, and pre-purchasing tickets is recommended, online at www.abigailadamsbirthplace.org or by calling 781-749-7721 ext. 101.

Location: Ames Chapel, 12 South St. Hingham, Mass.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery 26 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Edith Gelles, Stanford University There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Edith Gelles, a ...

Edith Gelles, Stanford University

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, is an award-winning historian and author of Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage and Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Gelles will discuss her current research on Abigail’s thoughts and experiences with slavery and race.

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams ...

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams ...

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams ...

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 9 June 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours ...

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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May 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg Tracing Abigail's Steps: Historic North Weymouth Meeting House District Tour 19 May 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM The Abigail Adams Historical Society, in partnership with the First Church in Weymouth and North ...

The Abigail Adams Historical Society, in partnership with the First Church in Weymouth and North Weymouth Cemetery, will offer special tours of the historic North Weymouth Meeting House District, the backdrop to Abigail Adams's early life. Tours of the 1685 Abigail Adams Birthplace, where Abigail Smith Adams was born in 1744 and where she married John Adams in 1764, will take place at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30 p.m.; tours of the North Weymouth Cemetery, one of the oldest burying grounds in Massachusetts and the site of Abigail Adams's parents' graves, are scheduled for 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. and will leave from the Birthplace. The First Church in Weymouth (17 Church St.), one of the oldest continuing congregations in the United States and the church where Abigail Adams’s father, Reverend William Smith, served from 1734 to 1783, will offer tours 1:00-4:00 p.m. (The current building, the third on the site, dates from 1833.) In 1776, Reverend Smith read the Declaration of Independence to the congregation, the first time they would have heard it. Tours will feature Reverend Smith’s Bible.

Tour hours: Abigail Adams Birthplace: 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30; North Weymouth Cemetery: 1:30 and 3:00 (tours will begin at the Birthplace); First Church: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $5 for Birthplace and Cemetery tours; First Church tours by donation

Institutions: Abigail Adams Historical Society; The First Church in Weymouth; North Weymouth Cemetery

Location: Abigail Adams Birthplace: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass., and The First Church in Weymouth: 17 Church St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture Pop-Up Display Talk 6 May 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.   Institution: Massachusetts ...

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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April 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg begins Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture (Ongoing) 29 April 2019.Monday, all day “The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of ...

“The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

 

This is the second of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Nature & Nurture will be on display from April 29 through June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 7 April 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM The Abigail Adams Birthplace offers its first tours of the season! The 2019 tour season at the ...

The Abigail Adams Birthplace offers its first tours of the season! The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Tours are offered on the hour and half hour; last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Style & Substance (Closes) 6 April 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the ...

Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the power of economic citizenship and made their mark on the world as buyers and consumers. Abigail learned to appraise goods, to act as a retailer, and to develop a critical eye for popular fashion. This exhibit shows how Abigail and a generation of women carved out vital public roles and helped steer the early American economy.

This is the first of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Style & Substance will be on display from February 1 through April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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March 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/hg_cover_hires.jpg "Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family": Talk by Historian Sara Georgini 23 March 2019.Saturday, 2:30PM - 5:00PM Doors will open at 2:30; the program begins at 3:00. Dr. Georgini's talk will be followed by a ...

Doors will open at 2:30; the program begins at 3:00. Dr. Georgini's talk will be followed by a reception, book signing, and tours of the Presidential crypt.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, and the Church of the Presidents present a talk by historian Sara Georgini on her new book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family. Spanning nearly four centuries of faith from Puritan New England to the Jazz Age, Household Gods tells a new story of American religion, as the Adams family lived it.The Adamses, globetrotters who extensively chronicled their religious journeys, ultimately developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. Georgini, series editor for the Papers of John Adams at the Massachusetts Historical Society, draws on this rich archive to demonstrate the significance of Christianity—as the different generations understood it—in shaping the family's decisions, great and small.

Sponsors: Abigail Adams Historical Society and the Church of the Presidents

Location: Church of the Presidents (United First Parish Church), 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/fashion/Fashion.jpg Primary Sources for Fashion & Costume History Research 16 March 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire and Sara Georgini, MHS Antique textiles, images of ...

Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire and Sara Georgini, MHS

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories and explain relationships. Adding color and context to the world of early Americans like Abigail Adams, fashion sources can help us explore themes of cultural power and economic citizenship. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

Registration is required at no cost. To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/hg_cover_hires.jpg Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family 6 March 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Sara Georgini, MHS There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Reflecting on his past, President ...

Sara Georgini, MHS

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family's fortunes and young America's future. Globetrotters who chronicled their religious journeys extensively, the Adamses developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. From Abigail Adams’s use of religion during the Revolution to her Victorian descendants’ journeys through foreign faiths, Sara Georgini demonstrates how pivotal Christianity--as the different generations understood it--was in shaping the family's decisions, great and small.

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Abigail Adams: Style & Substance (Ongoing) 1 March 2019.Friday, all day Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the ...

Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the power of economic citizenship and made their mark on the world as buyers and consumers. Abigail learned to appraise goods, to act as a retailer, and to develop a critical eye for popular fashion. This exhibit shows how Abigail and a generation of women carved out vital public roles and helped steer the early American economy.

This is the first of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Style & Substance will be on display from February 1 through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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February 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/wheatley-engraving.jpg "Discover Historic New England: Captives from Africa via the Caribbean": Talk by Historian Kerima Lewis 26 February 2019.Tuesday, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Commemorate African-American History Month by learning more about colonial slavery and the early ...

Commemorate African-American History Month by learning more about colonial slavery and the early history of Africans brought to New England. This latest in the Abigail Adams Historical Society's series of programs exploring New England slavery is co-sponsored with the Thomas Crane Public Library and will be presented by Emerson College Professor Kerima Lewis.

Free of charge

Institution: Thomas Crane Public Library

Location: 40 Washington St., Quincy

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour 18 February 2019.Monday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM A Presidents' Day Event! Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, ...

A Presidents' Day Event! Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 16 February 2019.Saturday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an ...

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 15 February 2019.Friday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an ...

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 14 February 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an ...

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

 

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January 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg Annual Members Reception 13 January 2019.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM The Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, welcomes members to ...

The Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, welcomes members to a special, members-only reception. Advance details will be provided about special year-long "Remember Abigail" programming and events meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abigail Adams's death in October 2018 and the 275th anniversary of her birth in November 2019.

Free to members

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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December 2018
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Remembering Abigail 1 December 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Abigail Adams lived at the heart of American politics for nearly half a century. She was a ...

Abigail Adams lived at the heart of American politics for nearly half a century. She was a revolutionary First Lady, urging her husband to “Remember the Ladies” in the colonial quest for independence, and a huge influence on the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams. In her letters to her family and a wide circle of influential colleagues, Abigail was candid and colorful in depicting the hard work and great reward of nation-building. Join us as we remember the life and legacy of Abigail Adams, one of the many women who helped build early America.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society

Fee: $25.00

Please RSVP

This program is open to all educators of K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 Professional Development Points or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Melchior at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

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November 2018
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg Tea at the Abigail Adams Birthplace 11 November 2018.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM The Abigail Adams Birthplace will be holding a special tea to celebrate Abigail Adams's 274th ...

The Abigail Adams Birthplace will be holding a special tea to celebrate Abigail Adams's 274th birthday! Enjoy tea and dessert served on fine china in the same rooms where Abigail Adams lived for the first twenty years of her life and where she married John Adams in 1764.

Pre-paid tickets are necessary, and admission is limited to 50. For more information, contact AAHS1947@yahoo.com.

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg Cradle to Grave—Abigail Smith Adams: Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Life—Date Change! 3 November 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 12:00PM Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Saturday, November 3. ...

Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Saturday, November 3.

This one-day-only tour explores Abigail Smith Adams's life from cradle to grave. Participants will follow in Abigail's footsteps on a free park trolley to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, the John Quincy Adams Birthplace in Quincy, and finally to the United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents in Quincy.

Participants will be served tea and explore the homes where Abigail was born, was married, and where she raised her children during the American Revolution. They will be welcomed by Abigail Adams herself and hear stories of her life before ending the tour with a visit to Abigail's tomb in the Adams Crypt.

Institutions: The Abigail Adams Birthplace, Adams National Historical Park and United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents

Fee: FREE

For more information and to register: Visit Event Brite.

Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

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October 2018
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/womens-mem.jpg Boston Women’s Memorial 15th Anniversary 28 October 2018.Sunday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Join us as the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Boston ...

Join us as the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Boston Women’s Memorial on the Commonwealth Mall. Festivities will include the reflections by Mercy Otis Warren, Arbour Tanner, and Elizabeth Brown Blackwell on their friendships with the memorial’s figures: Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, and Lucy Stone.

Location: Women's Memorial, Commonwealth Mall

 

 

 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour-Date Change! 28 October 2018.Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28. ...

Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28.

Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg Commemoration of Abigail Adams's Death 28 October 2018.Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM Join the Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, as we mark the ...

Join the Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, as we mark the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abigail Adams's death with a special service and readings commemorating her remarkable life. The First Church in Weymouth is one of the oldest continuing congregations in the United States and the church where Abigail Adams's father, Reverend William Smith, served from 1734 to 1783.

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society, First Church in Weymouth

Location: The First Church in Weymouth, 17 Church St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Cradle to Grave—Abigail Smith Adams: Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Life 3 November 2019.Sunday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//aadams-birthplace.jpg

Participants will follow in Abigail's footsteps on a park trolley to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, the John Quincy Adams Birthplace in Quincy, and finally to the United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents in Quincy. They will be served tea and explore the homes where Abigail was born, was married, and where she raised her children during the American Revolution. They will be welcomed by Abigail Adams herself and hear stories of her life before ending the tour with a visit to Abigail's tomb in the Adams Crypt.

The tour begins at the Visitors Center at Adams National Historical Park, 1250 Hancock Street in downtown Quincy, MA. Validated parking is available in the Presidents Place Galleria Parking Garage accessed via Saville Avenue. From there participants will board a park trolley as they head off to follow in Abigail’s footsteps, from the cradle to the grave.

This half-day, three-site, guided historic program will be offered TWICE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD ONLY. Space is limited to 24 participants on each tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

For more information and to register:

Morning Tour Ticket

The morning tour begins at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM. Please arrive at the Adams National Park Visitors Center at 1250 Hancock Street in Quincy NO LATER THAN 8:45 AM to ensure your participation in the tour. Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

Afternoon Tour Ticket

The afternoon tour begins at 12:30 PM and ends at 3:30 PM. Please arrive at the Adams National Park Visitors Center at 1250 Hancock Street in Quincy NO LATER THAN 12:15 PM to ensure your participation in the tour. Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

Institutions: The Abigail Adams Birthplace, Adams National Historical Park, and United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents

Fee: $10.00

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The Final Farewell: Voices from Abigail’s Past 27 October 2019.Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/womens-mem.jpg

Join us at the Thomas Crane Public Library as members of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail bring to life some of the most important and influential women in Abigail Adams’s life, including her mother, Elizabeth Quincy Smith, her elder sister, Mary Smith Cranch, her daughter, Abigail Adams Smith, her daughter-in-law Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, and her friend Mercy Otis Warren. The women will pay tribute to Abigail and express what it meant to them to have her as a daughter, mother, sister, and friend.

Institution: Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, Thomas Crane Public Library

Location: Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169

 

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Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Pop-Up Display Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//l_l.png

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the fourth and final Remember Abigail display.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

 

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Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 6 October 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Author talk with Dr. Sara Georgini: Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family 3 October 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//hg_cover_hires.jpg

Join us as Dr. Sara Georgini talks about her book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family, leading into a discussion of how thinkers like Mary Baker Eddy and the Adamses engaged with the pressing questions of religious relevance in a modernizing world.

 

Dr. Georgini will also give a pre-talk in our Mapparium® on the global and spiritual travels of the Adamses.

 

6:00 p.m. Doors open for refreshments

6:15 p.m. Pre-talk with Dr. Georgini in the Mapparium (free registration required)

7:00 p.m. Author Talk: Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family

 

Location: The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Sara Georgini earned her Ph.D. in American history at Boston University. She is Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, part of the Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family is a history of faith and doubt in one American family. It charts the cosmopolitan Christianity that the Adamses developed while acting as transnational agents of American politics and culture.

 

If you have further questions, please contact Russel Fogg at foggr@mbelibrary.org.

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Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy (Ongoing) 27 September 2019 to 10 January 2020 Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//l_l.png

This pop-up display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the ways Abigail viewed her own legacy and how and why we continue to Remember Abigail today.

This is the final of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society as part of #RememberAbigail. Life & Legacy will be on display from September 27, 2019, through January 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals (Ongoing)

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

This is the third of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Independence & Ideals will be on display from July 1 through September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals Pop-Up Display Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Cider Pressing Demonstration & Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 8 September 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg

Please join us for open hours and a cider-pressing demonstration. An important seasonal activity in colonial times, cider pressing produced one of the most popular beverages consumed by people of all ages through the early nineteenth century.

Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 11 August 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals Pop-Up Display Talk 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 14 July 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour 3 July 2019.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg

Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture Pop-Up Display Talk 28 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture (Ongoing) Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

“The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

 

This is the second of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Nature & Nurture will be on display from April 29 through June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Frozen in Time: The Portraits of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren 27 June 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102//aahistsoclogo.jpg

Edith Gelles, Stanford University

Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren are the two most famous women of Revolutionary America. We know them from their exquisite early portraits, the one in pastel by the limnist Benjamin Blyth and the other by the incomparable John Singleton Copley. We know them, too, from their surviving writings that create portraits in prose. Each type of portraiture, however, has something unique to suggest about the identity of the two women. Paintings show color, expression, context that are vivid and lasting. Words capture action and reaction, change as well as continuity. Each has a different impact, but together they are complementary, and provide a fuller story of two fascinating Founding Mothers.

Edith Gelles is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her research has focused on women in colonial America and especially on Abigail Adams. Most recently, Dr. Gelles edited the Library of America edition of Abigail Adams: Letters, which includes the full range of Adams's correspondence and more than 100 letters published for the first time. Dr. Gelles has also written two biographies of Adams: Portia: World of Abigail Adams,which won the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award, and Abigail Adams: A Writing Life. Her double biography, Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage, was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared in several documentaries.

This program is co-sponsored by the Abigail Adams Birthplace and the Hingham Historical Society. Doors will open at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00. Ms. Gelles's talk will be followed by a book signing and wine and cheese reception. Books will be available for sale.

Tickets are $35 each, or $60 for two. Space is very limited, and pre-purchasing tickets is recommended, online at www.abigailadamsbirthplace.org or by calling 781-749-7721 ext. 101.

Location: Ames Chapel, 12 South St. Hingham, Mass.

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The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery 26 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Edith Gelles, Stanford University

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, is an award-winning historian and author of Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage and Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Gelles will discuss her current research on Abigail’s thoughts and experiences with slavery and race.

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Bunker Hill to Penn’s Hill 17 June 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bunkerh-pennh.jpg

This focus tour will start from the park Visitor Center and will continue to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace and Penn's Hill. Participants will visit Abigail's and John's first home with a focus on Abigail, the "Patriot on the Home front." They will continue to Penn's Hill, where Abigail will recount that day as she and John Quincy watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes.

Institution: Adams National Historical Park

Location: ANHP Visitor Center

There are additions times for this event at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

 

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Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 9 June 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg

Please join us for open hours. Visits are by guided tour only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with tours given on the hour and half hour. The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Tracing Abigail's Steps: Historic North Weymouth Meeting House District Tour 19 May 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg

The Abigail Adams Historical Society, in partnership with the First Church in Weymouth and North Weymouth Cemetery, will offer special tours of the historic North Weymouth Meeting House District, the backdrop to Abigail Adams's early life. Tours of the 1685 Abigail Adams Birthplace, where Abigail Smith Adams was born in 1744 and where she married John Adams in 1764, will take place at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30 p.m.; tours of the North Weymouth Cemetery, one of the oldest burying grounds in Massachusetts and the site of Abigail Adams's parents' graves, are scheduled for 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. and will leave from the Birthplace. The First Church in Weymouth (17 Church St.), one of the oldest continuing congregations in the United States and the church where Abigail Adams’s father, Reverend William Smith, served from 1734 to 1783, will offer tours 1:00-4:00 p.m. (The current building, the third on the site, dates from 1833.) In 1776, Reverend Smith read the Declaration of Independence to the congregation, the first time they would have heard it. Tours will feature Reverend Smith’s Bible.

Tour hours: Abigail Adams Birthplace: 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30; North Weymouth Cemetery: 1:30 and 3:00 (tours will begin at the Birthplace); First Church: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $5 for Birthplace and Cemetery tours; First Church tours by donation

Institutions: Abigail Adams Historical Society; The First Church in Weymouth; North Weymouth Cemetery

Location: Abigail Adams Birthplace: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass., and The First Church in Weymouth: 17 Church St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Abigail Adams: Nature & Nurture Pop-Up Display Talk 6 May 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

 

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Fee: Free

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Tours of the Abigail Adams Birthplace 7 April 2019.Sunday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg

The Abigail Adams Birthplace offers its first tours of the season! The 2019 tour season at the Birthplace will highlight selections from Abigail Adams's letters. Tours are offered on the hour and half hour; last tour at 3:30 p.m.

$5 adults, $1 children

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Abigail Adams: Style & Substance (Closes) 6 April 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the power of economic citizenship and made their mark on the world as buyers and consumers. Abigail learned to appraise goods, to act as a retailer, and to develop a critical eye for popular fashion. This exhibit shows how Abigail and a generation of women carved out vital public roles and helped steer the early American economy.

This is the first of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Style & Substance will be on display from February 1 through April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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"Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family": Talk by Historian Sara Georgini 23 March 2019.Saturday, 2:30PM - 5:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/hg_cover_hires.jpg

Doors will open at 2:30; the program begins at 3:00. Dr. Georgini's talk will be followed by a reception, book signing, and tours of the Presidential crypt.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, and the Church of the Presidents present a talk by historian Sara Georgini on her new book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family. Spanning nearly four centuries of faith from Puritan New England to the Jazz Age, Household Gods tells a new story of American religion, as the Adams family lived it.The Adamses, globetrotters who extensively chronicled their religious journeys, ultimately developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. Georgini, series editor for the Papers of John Adams at the Massachusetts Historical Society, draws on this rich archive to demonstrate the significance of Christianity—as the different generations understood it—in shaping the family's decisions, great and small.

Sponsors: Abigail Adams Historical Society and the Church of the Presidents

Location: Church of the Presidents (United First Parish Church), 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy

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Primary Sources for Fashion & Costume History Research 16 March 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/fashion/Fashion.jpg

Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire and Sara Georgini, MHS

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories and explain relationships. Adding color and context to the world of early Americans like Abigail Adams, fashion sources can help us explore themes of cultural power and economic citizenship. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

Registration is required at no cost. To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family 6 March 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/hg_cover_hires.jpg

Sara Georgini, MHS

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family's fortunes and young America's future. Globetrotters who chronicled their religious journeys extensively, the Adamses developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. From Abigail Adams’s use of religion during the Revolution to her Victorian descendants’ journeys through foreign faiths, Sara Georgini demonstrates how pivotal Christianity--as the different generations understood it--was in shaping the family's decisions, great and small.

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). To register, visit the MHS calendar.

 

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Abigail Adams: Style & Substance (Ongoing) 1 March 2019.Friday, all day Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Long before they won the right to vote, early American women, like Abigail Adams, harnessed the power of economic citizenship and made their mark on the world as buyers and consumers. Abigail learned to appraise goods, to act as a retailer, and to develop a critical eye for popular fashion. This exhibit shows how Abigail and a generation of women carved out vital public roles and helped steer the early American economy.

This is the first of four rotating exhibits on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2019. Style & Substance will be on display from February 1 through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fee: Free

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"Discover Historic New England: Captives from Africa via the Caribbean": Talk by Historian Kerima Lewis 26 February 2019.Tuesday, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/wheatley-engraving.jpg

Commemorate African-American History Month by learning more about colonial slavery and the early history of Africans brought to New England. This latest in the Abigail Adams Historical Society's series of programs exploring New England slavery is co-sponsored with the Thomas Crane Public Library and will be presented by Emerson College Professor Kerima Lewis.

Free of charge

Institution: Thomas Crane Public Library

Location: 40 Washington St., Quincy

 

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Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour 18 February 2019.Monday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg

A Presidents' Day Event! Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 16 February 2019.Saturday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 15 February 2019.Friday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams 14 February 2019.Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/teaparty-unconditional-love.jpg

What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful picture of 18th-century American life in the Boston area and beyond. These intimate letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between them that lasted almost 54 years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Their iconic personalities come to life as actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum read a selection of letters and reveal, in the words of John and Abigail Adams, their teasing humor and their undying love and respect for each other.

Institution: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

 

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Annual Members Reception 13 January 2019.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg

The Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, welcomes members to a special, members-only reception. Advance details will be provided about special year-long "Remember Abigail" programming and events meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abigail Adams's death in October 2018 and the 275th anniversary of her birth in November 2019.

Free to members

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

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Remembering Abigail 1 December 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Abigail Adams lived at the heart of American politics for nearly half a century. She was a revolutionary First Lady, urging her husband to “Remember the Ladies” in the colonial quest for independence, and a huge influence on the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams. In her letters to her family and a wide circle of influential colleagues, Abigail was candid and colorful in depicting the hard work and great reward of nation-building. Join us as we remember the life and legacy of Abigail Adams, one of the many women who helped build early America.

Institution: Massachusetts Historical Society

Fee: $25.00

Please RSVP

This program is open to all educators of K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 Professional Development Points or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Melchior at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

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Tea at the Abigail Adams Birthplace 11 November 2018.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aadams-birthplace.jpg

The Abigail Adams Birthplace will be holding a special tea to celebrate Abigail Adams's 274th birthday! Enjoy tea and dessert served on fine china in the same rooms where Abigail Adams lived for the first twenty years of her life and where she married John Adams in 1764.

Pre-paid tickets are necessary, and admission is limited to 50. For more information, contact AAHS1947@yahoo.com.

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society

Location: 180 Norton St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

 

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Cradle to Grave—Abigail Smith Adams: Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Life—Date Change! 3 November 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 12:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/remember.jpg

Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Saturday, November 3.

This one-day-only tour explores Abigail Smith Adams's life from cradle to grave. Participants will follow in Abigail's footsteps on a free park trolley to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, the John Quincy Adams Birthplace in Quincy, and finally to the United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents in Quincy.

Participants will be served tea and explore the homes where Abigail was born, was married, and where she raised her children during the American Revolution. They will be welcomed by Abigail Adams herself and hear stories of her life before ending the tour with a visit to Abigail's tomb in the Adams Crypt.

Institutions: The Abigail Adams Birthplace, Adams National Historical Park and United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents

Fee: FREE

For more information and to register: Visit Event Brite.

Space is limited to 24 participants on the tour. You must have reservations/tickets through Event Brite in order to participate in the tour.

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Boston Women’s Memorial 15th Anniversary 28 October 2018.Sunday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/womens-mem.jpg

Join us as the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Boston Women’s Memorial on the Commonwealth Mall. Festivities will include the reflections by Mercy Otis Warren, Arbour Tanner, and Elizabeth Brown Blackwell on their friendships with the memorial’s figures: Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, and Lucy Stone.

Location: Women's Memorial, Commonwealth Mall

 

 

 

 

 

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Adams Family of Boston Walking Tour-Date Change! 28 October 2018.Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/bost-by-foot.jpg

Due to the forecast, this event has been moved from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28.

Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.

$15 (general admission) / $5 (BBF members)

More information and purchase tickets at Boston By Foot.

 

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Commemoration of Abigail Adams's Death 28 October 2018.Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section102/aahistsoclogo.jpg

Join the Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, as we mark the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abigail Adams's death with a special service and readings commemorating her remarkable life. The First Church in Weymouth is one of the oldest continuing congregations in the United States and the church where Abigail Adams's father, Reverend William Smith, served from 1734 to 1783.

Institution: Abigail Adams Historical Society, First Church in Weymouth

Location: The First Church in Weymouth, 17 Church St., N. Weymouth, Mass.

No reservations necessary.

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