Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Plans for downtown honoring Presidents Adams and Quincy Adams

BOSTON ( Associated Press) — A Boston suburb that was the birthplace of two of the nation’s first presidents plans to build a center to honor their legacies.

Officials in Quincy, Massachusetts, announced Tuesday the formation of a new nonprofit foundation to raise money and oversee the design and construction of the Adams Presidential Center honoring former President John Adams and his son, former President John Quincy Adams, as well like former first ladies. Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams.

Mayor Thomas Koch said the announcement marks the beginning of a formal, public process for the construction of the “long-overdue” center, which he hopes will offer more than a traditional presidential library and museum.

“We’re in the early stages, but we envision it as a center for civic engagement, a place to really get educated about our country’s history,” he said during his remarks at Adams Academy.

The mayor has said the center could be located on the old school property. The academy was built in the 1800s with money John Adams bequeathed to the town of Quincy, named after Abigail Adams’s grandfather, Colonel John Quincy.

Koch has also asked the Boston Public Library to transfer the collection of more than 3,000 John Adams books. to the city to serve as the focal point of the project. On Tuesday, he said his administration is still looking for the collection, but the planned center is not dependent on receiving it.

Other speakers reflected Tuesday on the legacy of the Adams family and what it represents in the current political climate.

“We are living through a critical moment in our history where the erosion of our democratic institutions and our democracy is at risk,” said former US Representative Bill Delahunt, a native of Quincy. “Both presidents recognized that for a democracy to flourish, there must be a well-informed and engaged citizenry. This center can be a part of that.”

The planned center would offer programs that encourage future generations to be active in civic life, as well as others that foster healthier political discourse, said retired Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a native of Quincy who will serve as president of the new foundation.

“This is not just about preserving history, but about inspiring people to be engaged citizens,” he said. “The Adamses embodied the best of the nation. They knew that democracy was not a spectator sport.”

Commonwealth Secretary Bill Galvin noted that John Adams, the nation’s second president, was also the first to lose his bid for another term. His son, who served as the nation’s sixth president, also lost his re-election campaign.

“None of them promoted an insurrection,” he said as a congressional committee in DC continues its investigation. of the deadly attack on the US Capitol and the effort to nullify the 2020 presidential election. “None of them suggested that they should storm where the votes were being counted.

“We speak as Americans about how proud we are of the peaceful transition of power and the importance of the election,” Galvin continued. “The people who first tried it were the Adamses. They showed us the way.”

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