The Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame will add two new members to its illustrious list of the sons and daughters of Haverhill who have achieved fame and whose accomplishments have had a significant impact beyond the borders of their hometown. Committee Chairman Paul Bevilacqua announced that the two new inductees, whose identities will remain confidential until the week leading up to the October 15 ceremony at the Haverhill Public Library, will join 36 other Haverhill natives who have been similarly honored since the Hall of Fame’s establishment in 1985. Membership includes such notables as poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, Archie comic strip creator Bob Montana, and movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, to name a just a few.
The Massachusetts Historical Society’s Hobson Woodward will highlight this year’s 2:00 p.m. program. Mr. Woodward’s remarks are expected to delve into the numerous and noteworthy historical connections between Haverhill and the extended families of President John Adams. Woodward is an associate editor of the Adams Papers and has been a member of the MHS staff since 2002. He holds master’s degrees in history and library science from Simmons College. In addition to his work on sixteen Adams Papers volumes, Hobson has recently been a consultant on the founding volume of The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson. He is the author of A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest.