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Two Revisiting the Founding Era events planned for July

These are the final two events for the Revisiting the Founding Era grant.
Two Revisiting the Founding Era events planned for July

“My Dearest Friend” to be performed at White Lake Library

Two Revisiting the Founding Era events planned for July

The White Lake Community Library is wrapping up its Revisiting the Founding Era grant with two final events exploring America’s founding and its enduring themes.  My Dearest Friend on July 10 at 6:30 pm. The play is based on the lives of John and Abigail Adams, and will be followed by Q&A with the actors.  The final event will be a Community Gathering and Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 17th.  

My Dearest Friend was written by Michigan author Mary Kron, and was commissioned in 2010 by Gem Theatrics in Grand Rapids. Gem Theatrics is owned and operated by the actors Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin, a married couple themselves, who perform in the play as John and Abigail. The production was selected by the Michigan Humanities Council for inclusion in the 2019-2021 Arts & Humanities Tours.

Although Kron researched by reading the Adams’ correspondence, she insists that “this is not a romantic story…this is their life”. By using their own words that air their different viewpoints, she  displays their variable personalities and opinions. Kron also reminds us that history as taught is so condensed that it glosses over the human element, and that while these founding patriots were best friends and sweethearts, they had an incredibly complicated and often tragic family life. Founding Father John Adams wrote “The true story of the American Revolution will never get into the history books! A gloss of Coherence and Inevitability will be laid (over) the much messier Realities.”

Revisiting the Founding Era programming will conclude with a Community Gathering and Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 17th.  This event will allow panelists and participants to explore the historical themes of Communication and Persuasion, Race, and Creating a More Perfect Union, and how the topics debated by the founders influence our lives today.

For more information about Revisiting the Founding Era, participating libraries, and to view the Revisiting the Founding Era Reader, please visit www.foundingera.org. In addition, you may find information about all of our programming at the White Lake Community Library website, www.wlclib.org.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes.

White Lake Community Library is a district library serving all residents within the boundaries of the Whitehall District Schools.  Located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall, the library provides a broad range of print materials and audiovisual items for all ages.  The library also offers a variety of programs for children, teens, and adults, as well as wireless internet access and computers for public use.  For more information, call the library at 231-894-9531, or visit the library website at wlclib.org.



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