Love Letters: The Intimate Correspondence of John and Abigail Adams
In April of 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail from Philadelphia, “You bid me burn your letters. But I must forget you first.” Thomas and Martha Jefferson burned all their personal letters. So did George and Martha Washington. But whenever John and Abigail Adams were apart, they continued a steady conversation through letter writing, and kept every single letter. These letters are now a priceless treasure of American history. Today, over 230 years later, we can still listen to their conversation, share in their thoughts and desires, and get to know them as real people, not just as words in a history book.
Love Letters will focus on the most intimate correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, beginning at the very start of their relationship in 1759 and continuing through the Second Continental Congress until 1778 when John prepares for his first trip abroad. Following the presentation, the living history interpreters portraying John and Abigail, Patricia Bridgeman and Tom Macy, will answer audience questions.
Adams scholars and living history performers Patricia Bridgeman and Thomas Macy have over 35 years of living history experience between them. They appear regularly at the Adams National Historic Site in Quincy, MA, and have also presented programs at the Abigail Adams birthplace, the John F. Kenney Presidential Library, Old Sturbridge Village, Minute Man National Park, and Boston’s Old State House, among many other historic sites and colleges.
Admission to this 45 minute program costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members. Reservations requested, persons with mobility issues should call in advance. 401-841-8770