John and Abigail Adams
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Edith B. Gelles, Gordon S. Wood, Richard Brookhiser (moderator)
Tue, March 8th, 2016 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)


In a time when patriarchal tradition dictated that women were inferior to their husbands, John and Abigail Adams defied convention with their marriage based on mutual respect, friendship, and love. Experts provide compelling insight into the unique 18th-century couple in a discussion of the numerous letters the Adamses exchanged over years of separation.

Edith B. Gelles, Senior Scholar at Stanford’s Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, is the editor of Abigail Adams: Letters. Gordon S. Wood is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the editor of John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784–1826. Richard Brookhiser (moderator) is the author of James Madison, America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918, and numerous other books on the Founders and their legacy.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the à la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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