Saturday, Dec 9, 2006
On Saturday, December 9, 2006, Adams National Historical Park will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
On December 9, 1946, Secretary of the Interior, J. A. Krug, signed Public Law 105-342, establishing Adams National Historical Site, when descendants of the Presidential Adams family donated their home and furnishings to the people of the United States as a gift to be a part of the National Park System. At that time, Adams National Historical Site became the 154th national park unit in the system. In later years, the Adams birthplaces of both presidents were designated as National Historic Landmarks. In 1998, Adams National Historical Site was redesignated as Adams National Historical Park, signed into law by President William Clinton.
To mark this historic December 9th event, the park will open its doors to the public by participating in the Holiday Stroll which highlights the Adams family and the Old House, as well as cultural and historical sites in Quincy related to the Adams family.
Featured events will be holiday decorations at the Old House, early American crafts, and a Victorian Choir.
On April 19, 2007, Patriots Day, a dedication ceremony will be held noting the 60th anniversary of the home being open to the public. Those invited to participate include the Director of the National Park Service, Mary Bomar, Acting Northeast Regional Director Chrysandra Walter; members of the Adams Memorial Society; the Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts; the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy, Senator; William Delahunt, representative to Congress; William Phelan, Mayor of Quincy; and other dignitaries.
Since 1946, with the site expanding to include the Adams Birthplaces and the Beale Estate, Adams National Historical Park now contains 11 historic structures, l3.72 acres, and attracts some 200,000 visitors annually.
For more information, please contact Superintendent, Marianne Peak at (617) 773-1177.