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Newtown Historical Society, Library Present 'Tea With Abigail Adams'

Abigail Adams, future First Lady and mother of the sixth President. The Newtown Historical Society, in conjunction with the C H Booth Library, will offer the free program "Tea with Abigail Adams," on May 9.
Abigail Adams, future First Lady and mother of the sixth President. The Newtown Historical Society, in conjunction with the C H Booth Library, will offer the free program "Tea with Abigail Adams," on May 9. Photo Credit: Newtown Historical Society Facebook page

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Newtown Historical Society, in conjunction with the C.H. Booth Library, will offer the free program "Tea with Abigail Adams," on May 9 in the community room of the library.

Tea will be served, along with light refreshments. Bring a favorite cup or use the china set provided by the library.

Carol Bielefeld will portray Abigail Adams. John Adam’s political and diplomatic duties often separated the pair, and Abigail Adams was left at home to manage the family farm, raise their children and supervise their education, run a business, buy land and invest the family’s money. She described all this and much more of life at home in more than 1,600 letters to John Adams, wherever his civic duties might take him.

According to Bielefeld, good wives and mothers of the new republic were expected to begin the education of their children and ensure that it continued in a way that would produce the next generation of male leaders, even while their own role was officially limited to household duties.

The setting for the tea will be the Adams’ home in Quincy, Mass., in 1801, shortly after John Adams had lost his bid for re-election to a second term. Friends and neighbors gathered to welcome the couple back from Presidential duties, and to hear stories and tales of life in the capital and the Executive Mansion.

Bielefeld has taken her presentation to libraries, historical societies and church groups in her quest to spread awareness of Abigail Adams.

In January, the Newtown Historical Society announced the acquisition of a collection of personal mementos belonging to John and John Quincy Adams.

All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public.

The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. The C.H. Booth Library is located at 25 Main St.

For further information on the upcoming presentation, please contact the Newtown Historical Society at 203-426-5937, or click here .

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