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Hauenstein Center director to speak at Loutit District Library
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Hauenstein Center director to speak at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN -- To complement the John Adams Unbound exhibit at the Loutit District Library, Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will present John Adams's view of "Fame," one of the exhibit's themes, on Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Program Room A.

Whitney's in-depth discussion will describe Adams as man driven by ambition, although he often denied the charge. In Adams's later years, he grew increasingly embittered by the public's exaltation of America's more charismatic founders: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. In his retirement, Adams resorted to the margins of his books to personally revise the written record of American history.

Gleaves Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003. During his tenure he has been the architect of more than 275 public programs, including four national conferences covered by C-SPAN, and three internationally web cast debates -- one to more than 3,500 viewers in eighteen countries, and another watched on YouTube by more than 75,000 people in some 30 nations on all six inhabited continents. He has overseen tremendous growth of the Hauenstein Center's website, premiered a popular web column called Ask Gleaves -- the first presidential Q & A column in the nation -- and created a leadership academy for students and young professionals committed to public service.

 In 2008, Gleaves and a Hauenstein Center team were awarded a Mawby fellowship to explore the connection between philanthropy and the American presidency. He has been appointed to Michigan's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, a two-year effort charged with helping the state celebrate our 16th president's contributions to the nation. He served on the Arthur Vandenberg Memorial Committee and is presently partnering with M. W. Grass Strategic Communications and Meijer Inc. President Hendrik Meijer to produce a documentary film on Michigan's famous senator. 

Also, Whitney is a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas, and he is the first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. Several of his talks have appeared on C-SPAN; his commentary has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals; and he has been interviewed by, among others, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, FOX News, Newsweek, US News & World Report, and NPR affiliates.

As director of the Hauenstein Center, he was recognized by the Michigan Council for the Social Studies as an "outstanding mentor," and was awarded its prestigious Mel Miller Mentoring Award for 2009. He has also cultivated many institutional partnerships -- e.g., the National Park Service, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum -- and numerous ongoing professional partnerships -- e.g., H. W. Brands, Richard Norton Smith, William Barker, and George Nash.

The John Adams Unbound traveling exhibit is on display at the Loutit District Library (LDL) through August 5. The nine-panel exhibit is based on the personal library of John Adams willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. This remarkable collection of books provides first-hand insight into how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped through his lifelong dedication to reading and books.

The John Adams Unbound traveling exhibition was organized by the Boston Public Library and the America Library Association and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life-book collection.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District.

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