My Dearest Friend –
John and Abigail Adams’ Love during War and Peace

Speaker Hannah Carlson
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – 5:00 PM

Brighten up your Valentine’s celebrations with a heartwarming story of the quintessential love between John and Abigail Adams, dearest friends for more than 50 years. They made international headlines for contributing to the American Revolution, working to build a new nation, serving tirelessly at home and abroad, yet privately maintaining an unprecedented correspondence of personal letters expressing compassion, tenderness, and deep love for each other and newborn America. Hannah Carlson, the author of John Adams: The Voice Heard ‘Round the World, will be discussing the Adams’ dramatic, timeless tale accompanied by original symphony music from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and readings by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough and followed by some of John and Abigail’s intimate letters.

Writer and educator, Hannah was a syndicated newspaper columnist writing for parents about education in the home. After teaching in the Lexington and Newton public schools where her programs received special recognition from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she turned to writing high interest stories about American history to ignite students’ interest in our rich heritage.

She won the New England Book Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for her book on John Adams. Her other books include American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Great American Writers, Yankee Doodle’s Pen, and The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation As Told by the Mayflower Mouse.

Today, she teaches a virtual literature class to middle grade students and posts a parent/teacher blog on her website, She lives with her husband in Chatham and enjoys this historic region with her three children and six grandchildren while also volunteering at the Atwood Museum, Protect Our Past, and other activities.

Reservations are available by clicking HERE.  Zoom link will be sent 1 hour prior to the start of the talk, you can join 15 minutes before the start.

Admission: $10, Members are Free