As Goes Massachusetts....







Massachusetts Historical Society Librarian

 Peter Drummey 

While Maine and Missouri are famous bellwethers of national political trends, in presidential contests Massachusetts has an even longer tradition for casting its electoral ballots for the LOSING candidate. Librarian Peter Drummey will draw upon surveys of noted presidential historians, conducted by C-Span to lead a discussion of how historians have ranked American's best and worst chief executives.

The focus of the conversation: the presidential careers of native sons John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the first two presidents to be defeated for reelection, will be, we hope, far enough removed from present-day political controversies to generate less heat and more light.  At the same time, we will address some questions that should always remain with us: what is the best training for a future president and is it a predictor of future accomplishments?
Can a good or even great man or woman be a "bad" (ineffective) president?




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City Salon Series  - 1111 Beacon Street, Suite 72 - Brookline, MA 02446

$35.00 per person

Where:  St. Paul's Church - 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline

When: Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm

dining, drinking, discussing - Program will begin at 7:15

$35.00 per person


About the Speaker:

Peter Drummey has been the Stephen T. Riley Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society since 1987, where he now works on outreach and exhibitions.  A native of Duxbury, he attended college and graduate school at Columbia University.  After graduating from a program to train rare book librarians and archivists at Columbia, he returned to Massachusetts, where he was the curator of manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society before joining the staff at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1978.  Over the course of forty years, he has assisted thousands of researchers who have visited the Historical Society, and a far larger number who have requested information from a distance.  He also has served as a technical adviser for documentary films and television programs with historical themes. While Peter is responsible for a collection most famous for its holdings from the colonial and early national period, including the personal papers  of  John and John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, his personal research interests center on the era of the First World War - especially the social and technological impact of the war.



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