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John Adams Unbound
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Explore the many facets of Quincy's own John Adams
during March and April through a special series of exhibits and programs for all ages.
John Adams Unbound Exhibit
Peruse the traveling exhibition John Adams Unbound in the Richardson room of the Main Library from March 1 to April 25, 2012. The exhibit features Adams' personal library, a collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts, originally held by the Adams Academy before moving to the Crane Library, and finally being deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894.
"John Adams Unbound" is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Boston Public Library, and the American Library Association. The exhibition is based upon a major exhibition of the same name that was on display in the galleries of the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, in 2006 and 2007.
The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the Boston Public Library.
During the "John Adams Unbound" exhibition period, a series of free public programs exploring exhibition themes will be presented, as well as a supplemental exhibit in the library's Coletti Reading Room, in partnership with the Quincy Historical Society and the Adams National Historical Park.
John Adams and the American Experiment Discussion Series
Four Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Join Newbury College Professor of History Dan Breen to take a close look at the life and career of John Adams. This free four-part series combines film clips, readings and discussions. Registration is suggested to be sure you will receive a copy of the accompanying book and readings.
Four Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
March 1: Habitual Affection: John Adams, His Family, and His Library in Quincy
March 15: 'On the Side of Mercy': John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial
March 29: Dining With My Dearest Friend: John & Abigail at Table
April 12: An Unbounded Faith: The Religious Life & Thought of John Adams
Concert at the Crane Performances
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
February 25: Dance and the World of John Adams
April 28: John & Abigail: Their Words & the Music of Their Time
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Special Guided Tour
John Adams Library at Boston Public Library
Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Join curator Beth Prindle for a one-hour tour of the John Adams Library in the Boston Public Library's Rare Books & Manuscripts Department. Ms. Prindle will give an overview of Adams's book collecting habits and highlights and welcome visitors into the Rare Books Reading Room for a viewing of special materials from the Adams collection. Space is limited and registration is required, beginning Monday, April 2.
Saturday, March 31 from 10-3
Children aged 5 and older are invited to spend the day exploring the 18th century with Mr. Adams and his friends.
March 1 - April 27
Peruse images of John Adams and his family in Quincy at a special exhibit of items loaned by the Adams National Historical Park and the Quincy Historical Society. Located in the Coletti Reading Room of the Main Library.