This summer, the Massachusetts Historical Society celebrates the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams (JQA). Join our #JQA250 Appeal and help make JQA’s writings more accessible. Your donation will help fund the Society’s ongoing publication of his letters and diary, including the annotation of his personal correspondence, the transcription of his public correspondence, and support for the John Quincy Adams Digital Diary Project, which will provide transcriptions and online searching of more than 15,000 pages of JQA’s diary.
About John Quincy Adams
The oldest son of John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, was born on July 11, 1767, in Quincy, Massachusetts. His early scientific education came from Benjamin Franklin, and he delighted in spending the afternoon reading in Thomas Jefferson’s Parisian residence. He witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill and served in the House of Representatives with Abraham Lincoln. He observed firsthand Napoleon’s ravages in Europe and dined with Charles Dickens. During his diplomatic career, he served as minister to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He was a U.S. senator and secretary of state. He remains the only president of the United States to trade the formality of the White House for the melee of the House of Representatives. He walked with monarchs and rejoiced in art by Renaissance masters, yet he relished taking his three sons and twelve nieces and nephews on picnics and fishing trips. He was serving his country by his 14th birthday and continued to do so until dying in the Speaker’s Room in the U.S. Capitol more than six decades later. John Quincy Adams lived one of the most extraordinary lives in American history, and he wrote it all down.
Why do we need your support now?
John Quincy Adams was active in public affairs for more than sixty years. His letters and diary shed light on national development and global trends from the late-eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. They not only reveal the public life and private experiences of one of America’s great statesmen, but also inform our understanding of American cultural, political, and social history. Now is the time to help make more of his writings available to the public as 2017 marks three important anniversaries in JQA’s life: his birth on July 11, 1767; his marriage to Louisa Catherine Johnson in London on July 26, 1797; and his becoming secretary of state on September 22, 1817.
What does your money support?
· Transcription: Help us provide transcriptions for more than 15,000 manuscript pages of JQA’s letters and diary entries.
· Online Access: Help us research and create the digital tools that will add keyword, name, and topical search ability to the John Quincy Adams Diary.
· Educational tools: Help support the development of educational and public programming related to John Quincy Adams’s life and times.
What are the benefits?
Patriot $10: #JQA250 Bookmark
Author $25: Monthly Manuscript Sneak Peak. Receive an email each month in 2018, describing a unique piece of John Quincy Adams’s writings. Plus all benefits at the Patriot level.
Diplomat $50: Personalized birthday greeting (you or a friend!). Plus all benefits at the Author level.
Representative $100: 2018 Adams Family calendar highlighting some of the most interesting documents and artifacts of JQA and his family. Plus all benefits at the Diplomat level.
Secretary of State $500: Exclusive invitation for 2 people to a VIP Adams Papers show-and-tell before our JQA250 culminating program on September 21, 2017. Only 20 available! Plus all benefits at the Representative level.
President $1,000: Exclusive invitation for 4 people to a VIP Adams Papers show-and-tell before our JQA250 culminating program on September 21, 2017. Only 10 available! Plus all benefits at the Representative level.
Statesman $2,500: Invitation to a private tour of the treasures of Adams Family Papers at the MHS. Only 5 available! Plus all benefits at the President level.
The Massachusetts Historical Society is a 501(3)(c) organization, tax identification #04-2108374. All gifts are tax deductible minus an estimation of benefits received. You can choose to waive your benefits to receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your gift. To do so, please send us a note using the “Contact us” link above.
Event invitations will be issued no later than September 1, 2017. All gifts will be sent by the end of September. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the reward recipient.
About the Adams Papers Editorial Project
The Adams Papers project was founded in 1954 to prepare a comprehensive published edition of the manuscripts written and received by three generations of the family of John and Abigail Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts. The Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society forms the nucleus of the project. In addition, the editors have gathered over 27,000 copies of Adams items from hundreds of libraries, institutions, and individuals in the United States and abroad. To date, more than fifty volumes have been published.
About the Massachusetts Historical Society
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and national treasures, including the personal papers of three presidents—John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Through its research library, online resources, publications, exhibitions, and programs, the MHS makes its holdings accessible to anyone with an interest in the people and events that shaped our country. As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives.
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