John Adams Unbound

September 2 – October 16, 2009
Milner Library, Illinois State University
Exhibit Hours
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free and Open to Public

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About the Exhibit

Milner Library will host a traveling panel exhibit entitled John Adams Unbound. The panel exhibit explores Adams’s personal library – a collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. This remarkable collection of books provides first-hand insight into how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped through his lifelong dedication to reading and books. 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.
John Adams Unbound has been organized by the Boston Public Library and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.