250th Wedding Anniversary of Abigail and John Adams

Join us all weekend long for this celebration of the marriage of Abigail and John Adams

FRIDAY OCTOBER 24th through SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th

Purchase Tickets for the 250th Anniversary
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
WEDDING PROCESSION
10:30 AMWedding procession from the Birthplace to the First Church of Weymouth. All are encouraged to wish them well along the procession route.
FIRST CHURCH OF WEYMOUTH OPEN FOR WEDDING SERVICE
11:00 AMREENACTMENT OF THE WEDDING OF ABIGAIL AND JOHN ADAMS

PLACE: The First Church of Weymouth, Church Street, Weymouth


CONTACT: The wedding reenactment is free put you must reserve your space. CLICK HERE to reserve your space, email aahs1947@yahoo.com or call 781-277-1271
BIRTHPLACE TOURS
12:00 - 2PMImmediately following reenactment, please join us for a wedding reception and tours of the Birthplace. Come and celebrate the wedding with the historic interpreters and others.

PLACE: Abigail Adams Birthplace, 140 Norton St., Weymouth, MA

Have your photo taken with the couple and wish them well.
WEDDING RECEPTION
7PM - 9PMCOMMEMORATIVE RECEPTION
The festivities will continue with an intimate wine and hors d'oeuvres reception at the historic Abigail Adams Birthplace. Guests will have an opportunity to mingle and chat in the rooms where Abigail and John courted. Limited space available.
PLACE: Abigiail Adams Birthplace, 140 St. Weymouth, MA

ADMISSION: Members - $100, Non-members - $125 (includes reserved space at the wedding reenactment and the commemorative reception)

CONTACT: CLICK HERE to purchase, email aahs1947@yahoo.com or
call 781-277-1271
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
ABIGAIL AND JOHN: 250 YEARS TOGETHER - HISTORICAL SYMPOSIUM

PLACE: The First Church of Weymouth, Church Street, Weymouth

ADMISSION: Symposium is free. Luncheon: Members - $20, Non-Member - $25

CONTACT: The symposium is free but you must reserve your space. Click here to reserve or purchase tickets, email aahs1947@yahoo.com or call 781-277-1271
sponsored by
The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society
and The Abigail Adams Historical Society

“Abigail & John: 250 Years Together,” will present papers by five accomplished scholars at the First Church, the church of Abigail Adams father, William Smith. These presentations will examine the roles of these important public figures and their legacy in American history. Time will be allowed for questions and general discussion during each session.
FIRST SESSION
9 AM - 10:15 AM
Power and Politeness in the ‘Remember the Ladies’ Exchange
Steven C. Bullock, Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

He is the author of Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730 –1840, and The American Revolution: A History in Documents. In addition to serving as a Fulbright lecturer in Okinawa, Japan, he has commented on American history in settings ranging from Good Morning America to All Things Considered.


Reflections on the Courtship Writings of John, Abigail, John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams
Sara Martin, Adams Papers at Massachusetts Historical Society

Sara Martin (“Reflections on the Courtship Writings of John, Abigail, John Quincy, and Louisa Catherine Adams”) is the series editor of Adams Family Correspondence, a series of The Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Melbourne and has specialized training in scholarly publishing and documentary editing from Arizona State University.

Neal Millikan, George Washington Papers, Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon

Neal Millikan has served as documentary editor at the Digital Edition of the Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry and at The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society, working primarily on the Adams Family Correspondence series. She recently joined the George Washington Papers, where she is an editor at the Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon. She has a doctorate in history from the University of South Carolina and a master’s in history and public history from North Carolina State University.

SECOND SESSION
10:30 AM - 11:45 AMInoculations of John and Abigail Adams and the Politics of Smallpox in Revolutionary Massachusetts

Andrew Wehrman, Assistant Professor Marietta College


Professor Wehrman is a recipient of the 2008 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History. His current book project, The Contagion of Liberty, examines the ways in which epidemic smallpox affected the political ideology and actions of ordinary Americans during the American Revolution.

Adams Family Objects at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Robina Mitchell, Museum of Fine Arts, Art of the Americas
Robina Mitchell holds a degree in history and minor in art history from the University of New Hampshire. She has interned under Nonie Gadsden, the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts in the Art of Americas Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as at the Concord Museum, where she assisted in the preparation of the current exhibition, The Shot Heard Round the World.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
12 Noon Professor Edith Gelles, Stanford University
Senior scholar at Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Professor Gelles is the author of Portia: The World of Abigail Adams, a co-winner of the American Historical Association’s Herbert Feis Award; Abigail Adams: A Writing Life; and Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage. An author of many articles and reviews, she is a senior scholar at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
SONGS ON LETTERS OF JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS
3:00 PMWorld Premiere of:
Songs On Letters Of John and Abigail Adams

PLACE: Carriage House, Adams National Historical Park, 135 Adams Street, Quincy.
ADMISSION: FREE

Composed by James Kallembach

Performed by The Lydian Quartet
John and Abigail Adams exchanged over 1,000 letters beginning with their courtship prior to the American Revolution through John’s political career and presidency. Driven by a sense of duty and the excitement of a new era of in politics, the two made enormous personal sacrifices for their country, including roughly 20 years of separation during their 54 years of marriage due to diplomatic missions to Europe and domestic events such as meetings of the Continental Congress. The priceless historical content of their correspondence is matched only by the emotional richness and sheer devotion of their incredible partnership: a uniquely moving tale of human love, growing and enduring through time.



The prestigious, Boston-based Lydian Quartet, mezzo soprano Clara Osowski, and baritone Paul Tipton will perform the world premiere of James Kallembach's Songs On Letters Of John and Abigail Adams at the Adams National Historical Park on October 25th, 2014: the 250th wedding anniversary of John and Abigail.

This free, public performance is sponsored in large part by the park itself, and will reach a substantial and diverse audience in meaningful ways. Park staff, performers, and the composer will interact with audiences during and after both performances with additional outreach activities planned. The work draws on letters between John and Abigail to create seven songs for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and string quartet.



The Lydian Quartet as distinguished itself as an international force among string ensembles, with "a precision and involvement marking them as among the world's best quartets" (Chicago Sun-Times). The quartet has commissioned and championed many new works, such as their “American Originals” project, in which they performed or recorded over 60 new American works in a five-year period. They have won ensemble prizes at many international competitions, including the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
PATRIOTIC SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF ABIGAIL AND JOHN

PLACE: The First Church of Weymouth, Church Street, Weymouth
10AMAn ecumenical service celebrating American independence, featuring readings from some of the nation’s founding documents.

Coffee reception immediately following at Abigail Adams Birthplace.
Admission is free, seating is first come, first served; limited to capacity.

WREATH LAYING
11:30 AMWreath Laying at the graves of Abigail Adams parents, Elizabeth Quincy Smith and William Smith, North Weymouth Cemetery
TICKETS FOR THE 250th WEDDING CELEBRATION
OPTION 1 - MEMBERS: $120
Reserved Seating at the WEDDING CELEBRATION plus the RECEPTION on Friday, October 24th
OPTION 1: $125
Reserved Seating at the WEDDING CELEBRATION and RECEPTION on Friday, October 24th
OPTION 2 - MEMBERS: $20
Historical Symposium, Keynote and Luncheon, Saturday, October 25th
OPTION 2: $25
Historical Symposium, Keynote and Luncheon, Saturday, October 25th
OPTION 3: FREE but you must reserve
Reservation for general seating at wedding reenactment
OPTION 3: FREE but you must reserve
Reservation for Historical Symposium

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