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History Happy Hour: The Adams Papers

History Happy Hour is a weekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

Revolutions, declarations, foreign treaties. Life in the White House, two presidencies, and one family who wrote it all down.

For the Adams family of Massachusetts, writing was serious business. Join Sara Martin, editor in chief of the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society, to learn more about one family’s perspective on more than a century of American history.

Prior to the episode pour yourself a pint of cider. President John Adams was an enthusiastic cider drinker, and professed to consume a gill a day, before breakfast.