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Great Americans Day Citizenship Event

Great Americans Day Citizenship Event

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     America’s second first lady Abigail Adams will be the focus of the 14th annual University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum and Luncheon being held Wednesday, April 6, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center’s Heritage Hall.

     Best known as the wife of President John Adams, Abigail Smith Adams, played a key political role during her husband’s presidency and exerted a tremendous amount of power in Washington, both as his advisor and through her social networking.

     The lecture is being presented by Dr. Amy Greenberg, professor of American History and Women’s Studies at Penn State University.  Dr. Greenberg is the author of Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire (2005), Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City (1998), and the forthcoming Bedford/St. Martin’s Press volume, Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents (2011).  She is currently writing a book on the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846 focusing on the antiwar movement.  She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Huntingdon Library, among others.  In 1999, she received the George M. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State, and in 2007 she was named a “Top Young Historian” by History News Network.

     The Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum is presented by the college’s Office of Community Education and Outreach, History Department, Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Sodexo.  Funding for the event is provided by the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum fund.  Additional funding is provided by the Pitt-Johnstown History Club.

     Since 1998, the annual Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum has celebrated the lives of a wide range of citizens, from Presidents and First Ladies to authors and professional athletes.  Pieces of their lives provide models of civic virtue—the sacrifice of self-interest for the public good—that the founders intended to be the glue of our Republic.

     The luncheon is free and open to the general public.  Seating is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each registrant will receive a registration confirmation with complete check-in and seating information.

     For registration information, call 814-269-2099.  Additional information is available on-line by clicking on the Great Americans Day link at

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 3/4/2011 2:05:00 PM