Topics & Discussions on the Life and Customs of Western Pennsylvania

The Bradford House Museum and Washington & Jefferson College present

The Symposium on Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania

Remember the Ladies – An Evening with Abigail Adams


Friday March 31, 2017 The Chapel at Old Main, Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA


6:30 p.m. Doors and displays open

7:00 p.m. Speakers

9:00 p.m. Reception and displays

$20 per person at the door

Pre Register Online for $18 each or by calling 724.222.3604, by check mailed to the Bradford House, PO Box 537, Washington PA 15301

Preregistration closes on March 31st at noon.

abigail-adamsWe often hear about America’s Founding Fathers, but little about our Founding Mothers. In a time when women were relegated to domestic duties and often had little formal education, Abigail Adams was one of the first advocates for equal education and property rights for women. Writing a letter to her husband John, dated March 31, 1776, while he was in Philadelphia serving in the Continental Congress, Abigail boldly declared, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency – and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation.”

Abigail Smith Adams was an educated upper class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life in general influenced at least two American presidents: her husband President John Adams and her son President John Quincy Adams. She embraced her role as wife and mother, passionately embodying the Enlightenment concept of Woman as keeper of household virtue.

Kim Hanley, an actor, singer, costumer and dancer, began interpreting Abigail Adams with American Historical Theatre from 1997. Ms. Hanley has appeared in venues that include the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Frazier Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Liberty Museum, Constitution Center, Independence Visitors Center, Freedoms Foundation, Pennsylvania Historical Society, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, Delaware Humanities Chautauqua and libraries throughout New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area.

2017 Symposium Sponsored by Washington & Jefferson College


Student Poster Session Contest

In conjunction with the annual Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania, the Bradford House Historical Association sponsors a Poster Session Contest for middle and high school students, which is open to any student who resides in Washington and Greene Counties.

  • Students will create a trifold display on a topic of W PA history (1750-1850)
  • Two judging divisions: middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12)
  • Register online between January 2 and February 15
  • Poster must be delivered to the Bradford House in early March (details will be sent to all registrants) ~ Top 5 entries in each division will be displayed at the Friday evening Symposium
  • Student should be available to answer questions
  • Winners receive free admission to the Symposium for the student & 1 adult
  • Prizes: $50 1st place; $25 2nd place; $10 each for 3 Honorable Mention ~ The judges reserve the right to not award all prizes if there are insufficient number and/or quality of entries.

SPECIAL 2017 PRIZE: $40 for the entry best portraying women in W PA history (1750-1850)

You can register for the poster contest by mailing the completed poster registration form (See link below) to the Bradford House, PO Box 537, Washington, PA 15301 or you can email it to


Poster Registration

Poster Rules

Poster Contest prizes generously provided by: