Colorado State University - Pueblo schedules events to accompany John Adams exhibit

Colorado State University - Pueblo schedules events to accompany John Adams exhibit

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a Colonial-themed dinner (March 5), teacher workshop, and community lecture (March 12) in conjunction with the opening of the John Adams Unbound exhibit scheduled to appear on campus March 7- April 15.

John Adams Unbound explores Adams’ personal library – a collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. Through photo-reproductions of these annotated volumes, viewers will witness one of our founding fathers wrestling with intellectual and political ideas at each stage in his life. John Adams Unbound has been organized by the Boston Public Library and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

March 5
CSU-Pueblo activities will begin on March 5 with a Colonial-themed dinner and Chautauqua performance, An Evening with John Adams, by Bill Chrystal, a retired Congregational minister and internationally recognized scholar of American Religious History, who hosted National Public Radio’s program "The Thomas Jefferson Hour" for more than10 years.  His portrayal of John Adams grows out of that experience and is sponsored in part by the Colorado Humanities.

A sneak peek of the Adams exhibit will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge followed by the dinner in the OUC Ballroom at 7 p.m. and the live performance at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets or a table, contact Julie Fronmueller at 719-549-2826 or 
March 12
A teacher workshop and community lecture on John and Abigail Adams will be co-sponsored by CSU-Pueblo and a Teaching American History Grant through Pueblo City Schools on Friday, March 12 to coincide with the grand opening of the exhibit in the Hoag Recital Hall Foyer. The grand opening will be from 5:30-7 p.m. that day.  

The teacher workshop,” Teaching the American Revolution,” begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Hasan School of Business Auditorium for all educators who teach history courses. The workshop will be led by Margaret A. Hogan, managing editor of the Adams Papers and primary editor for Adams Family Correspondence, an award-winning multi-volume series publishing the letters of the extended Adams family and Woody Holton, author of the book, Abigail Adams.  The first 50 teachers who sign up will receive free copies of Dr. Hogan's book My Dearest Friend and Dr. Holton's book Abigail Adams: A Life.  Interested teachers must contact Dr. Matt Harris to reserve
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The two scholars will close the day with a free community lecture, "The Public and Private Lives of John and Abigail Adams," from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Life Science Auditorium. A book signing in the Life Science Foyer will follow the event.


Bill Chrystal
Bill Chrystal is a talented first person interpreter portraying both John Adams, Second President of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury and author of many of the Federalist Papers.  Chrystal, who has three Master’s Degrees (Education, Divinity and American History) was the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour for twelve years.  He is an authority on theologian and political philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr and is the author of two books and many articles in magazines and scholarly journals, including The New England Quarterly, Church History and Theology Today.

In addition, Bill was one of a handful of scholars selected by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands to present a paper entitled, “Proximity to the Overseer’s Whip: The Vastly Different Boyhoods of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson,” at the 2004 bicentennial of Alexander Hamilton’s death.

Dr. Margaret Hogan
Margaret A. Hogan is the managing editor of the Adams Papers and primary editor for Adams Family Correspondence, an award-winning multi-volume series publishing the letters of the extended Adams family, particularly the women of the family. She trained in history, first at Swarthmore College (B.A., 1992), then at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.A., 1997; Ph.D., 2008), with a specialization in American religious and women’s history in the early national and antebellum periods. She joined the Adams Papers project in 2003, having previously worked at the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Project, Oxford University Press, and the Greenwood Publishing Group. As a member of the Adams Papers staff, she has represented the project at the opening of a special exhibit on John Adams at the Amsterdam Historical Museum, and spoken on the Adams family for various educational programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society (the project’s sponsoring institution) and elsewhere. With her colleague, C. James Taylor, she has recently published My Dearest Friend, a new compilation of letters between John and Abigail Adams. Her present research focuses on the relationship among Abigail Adams and her sisters.

Dr. Woody Holton
Woody Holton’s book, Abigail Adams, published by Free Press in November 2009 (unabridged audio and large-print versions are also available), was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice . Holton is the author of Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (New York: Hill and Wang, 2007), a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize and the National Book Award and winner of the Virginia Literary Awards “People’s Choice” award. An Arabic translation will appear in 2010. Holton, a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Fellow, has taught Early American history since 2000 at the University of Richmond, where he is an associate professor.  The Organization of American Historians awarded his first book, Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999), its prestigious Merle Curti award.
Holton holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in American History from Duke. Before he started teaching, Holton directed numerous environmental campaigns and was founding director of the environmental advocacy group “Clean Up Congress.” His articles and reviews have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and other journals. One of his articles, “Divide et Impera: The Tenth Federalist in a Wider Sphere,” was selected by a panel of distinguished scholars for reprinting in the Organization of American Historians’ Best American History Essays 2006.

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