“Remembering my Favorite Founder” Presentation and Book Signing with Prof. Marianne Holdzkom
What are YOU doing for John Adams’ birthday? Why not celebrate it with Quincy Historical Society?
Quincy Historical Society will mark John Adams’ 288th birthday on October 30 at 7:00 PM, with a special program by Professor Marianne Holdzkom discussing Adams’ place in history, historical memory, and popular culture.
For two centuries, John Adams has had probably the most complex and intriguing historical reputation of all the Founders. He more than once complained that he expected to be forgotten, and for many decades that was close to true. But there have also been several revivals of interest in him over the years, in addition to the present one. And he’s enjoyed a surprising number of portrayals in movies and television, on stage, and in novels.
In a lively illustrated presentation, Marianne Holdzkom will track and discuss these shifting views of Adams’ character and achievement and consider the qualities that make Adams such a distinctive figure. She’ll also give attention to how Quincy has remembered its native son.
Marianne Holdzkom is associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is the author of “Remembering John Adams: The Second President in History, Memory, and Popular Culture.” A book signing will follow her presentation.
The event is free and all are welcome to attend! This event will be the first in the Historical Society’s multi-year commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution.