Adams Timeline

Spanning the years 1735 to 1889, the Adams Timeline is a searchable collection of important events and happenings in the lives of John and Abigail Adams and their immediate family, including three succeeding generations. Discover more about the Adams family by scrolling through the timeline or selecting a decade from the hyperlinks below. Some events include illustrations or links to related material. Click on the individual dots or blue time spans to read more.

For a printable version of the timeline, click here. For more information on the Adams family, see the interactive Family Tree.

Enter text in the "Filter" field to search for specific events or people across the timeline. For example, typing "Abigail" into the search box will identify events with that name anywhere in the text. Please be aware that first names tend to be repeated in later generations, so that searching names such as "John" or "Abigail" will retrieve results for several family members. Results will still appear in the appropriate year across the timeline but with only the selected events remaining.

Call out specific events by entering a term into the "Highlight" search box. Any event with the specific term will appear outlined in yellow.

Upcoming Events

History of Women and Gender Seminar

How to Be an American Housewife: American Red Cross “Bride Schools” in Japan in the Cold War Era

22Jan 5:30PM 2019
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

In 1951, the American Red Cross in Japan began offering “schools for brides,” to prepare Japanese women married to American servicemen for successful entry ...

Biography Seminar

Writing Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

24Jan 5:30PM 2019

Join us for a conversation with David Blight about the challenges of writing his biography of Frederick Douglass, the fugitive slave who became America's greatest orator ...

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29Jan 5:15PM 2019

Uncertainty about media technology’s affective and political power plagued post-World War II efforts to expand media use in schools around the nation. Would ...

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