John Adams exhibit lectures begin Thursday
by David Lazenby
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“John Adams Unbound” is a traveling exhibition currently at the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College. Photo by: David Lazenby
“John Adams Unbound” is a traveling exhibition currently at the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College. Photo by: David Lazenby
Several Bevill State Community College faculty members will be educating the public about American history during the next few weeks.

The first in a series of lectures related to the arrival of the “John Adams Unbound” traveling exhibition at the Jasper campus will be held this Thursday.

Marcia Adkins of the BSCC English/Speech department will discuss “Writing the Revolution: The Rhetoric of the Revolution” at 1 p.m. in the Irma D. Nicholson Library.

“We are excited about having the exhibit on our campus and pleased to have this opportunity to highlight the expertise of our faculty,” said Jasper campus dean Penne Mott.

BSCC’s library is one of 20 libraries in the United States and one of two community college libraries selected to host the exhibit, which explores the personal library of one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Adams willed more than 3,500 books to the people of Massachusetts. The collection was placed in the Boston Public Library in 1894.

“John Adams Unbound” is based on an exhibit of the same name hosted by the Boston Public Library in 2006, which marked the first time that Adams’ books were placed on public display.

“Through photo-reproductions of these annotated volumes, viewers will witness one of our founding fathers wrestling with intellectual and political ideas at every stage in his long life — as a boy, university student, Boston lawyer, revolutionary, diplomat, President and citizen of the early American republic,” a press release on the exhibit states.

The exhibit was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office and the Boston Public Library. It was made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“John Adams Unbound” is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 14 at the Nicholson Library.

Other events, which are free and open to the public, are as follows:

• March 31 at 1 p.m. — “The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798: The Perils of War and the First Amendment” by Bill Watt;

• April 7 at 2 p.m. — “Gloves Come Off in the John Adams Library: Reflections on Mary Wollstonecraft’s Reflections on Revolution” by Jeremy Bearden; and

• April 12 at 2 p.m. — “Children of the Revolution: The American Revolution Era’s Changing View of Children and their Education” by Grant Cockrell.