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John Adams Unbound: Programs

This guide contains links to information about the exhibit as well as other resources about Adams, his times, the American Revolution and life in colonial and post-colonial United States.

Dr. Lynn Parsons

All programs take place in Drake Memorial Library

October 19, 7:00 PM: grand opening of Exhibit. Brief remarks about the exhibit, followed by light refreshments

October 26, 4:00 PM: Dr. Lynn Parsons, former Brockport professor and nationally recognized scholar on the family of John Adams, lecturing on "John Adams Through The Ages". Please stop at the Welcome Center to obtain a parking pass for this event.

October 27, November 3 and November 10,  7:00 PM:  Screening of the HBO miniseries "John Adams", with commentary by Brockport masters thesis candidate Lori Bartkovich.  This evernt will take place in the library screening room, room 215.Popcorn will be provided.

November 9, noon: Music at noon will feature music of Adams' era played on the violin, flute and cello. 

November 17, 7:00 PM: "John and Abigail: letters from a marriage": before IM, texting, twitter, etc., the letter was the preferred mode of correspondence. With John's frequent absences, the couple carried on a lively exchange of infomration and ideas. This dramatic reading will focus on selected letters from their long correspondence.

  November 20, 2:00 PM: John Adams Live at the Library! Accomplished reenactor George Baker brings John Adams to life, and talks about his experiences and the times in which he lived. A great family program!






Dr. Lynn Parsons was a member of the SUNY Brockport Department of History from 1971 to 2005.   He received his Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in 1958 and his PhD. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1967.  While at Brockport he served as Department Chair twice and as President of the Faculty Senate twice.  In 1993 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He has published three books (John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography in 1993, John Quincy Adams in 1998, The Birth of Modern Politics in 2009), as well as several scholarly articles, book reviews, and newspaper essays.  His unpublished play, “The Tie More Binding,” based on the letters of John and Abigail Adams, has been performed in the Brockport-Rochester area.  He currently lives in Castine, Maine.

Dr. Lynn Parsons

Exhibit hours

This exhibit will be at Drake Memorial Library from October 17th, 2011 until November 30, 2011. It can be viewed any time the library is open; there is no admission fee. Click here for library hours. There is a charge to park on campus weekdays until 6:30 PM; you would need to purchase a temporary parking pass from the Welcome Center if you visit during those times. Evenings after 6:30 PM, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, there is open parking.

If you have any questions about parking or about the exhibit, please contact Pam O'Sullivan, Exhibit Coordinator. Phone: 585-395-5688. E-mail:

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