WV History Alive! Presents Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams (1744-1888), second First Lady of the United States and the wife and advisor to President John Adams, will be portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood at 11am on Saturday September 25th at the Funkhouser Farm in Lost River (1930 Funkhouser Rd, Baker WV, 26801)
A witness to and active participant in our nation’s birth, Abigail Adams is well known for her advocacy of women's rights, especially in education, and her opposition to slavery. A valued confidant and advisor to her husband John Adams, the nation's second president, Abigail cautioned him that the Founding Fathers should “remember the ladies” in the new laws they would write for our young country. Together, they were the first inhabitants of the White House.
Adams is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation.
This program is available to interested nonprofit groups such as libraries, museums, and historical societies. For more information call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit the website: www.wvhumanities.org