Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00p -
Charlestown Branch Library
179 Main Street
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
Lectures & Conferences, Music, Party
Gerard F. Doherty: a "Friend of the Year" tribute presented by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Award presentation, with intermittent serenading performed by tenor Wes Hunter. Free and open to all, including a reception.
Gerard F. Doherty, the son of a Boston firefighter and lifelong native and resident of Charlestown, got to be in the middle of it all. Doherty just may be the only man who had a seat at the table with all three Kennedy brothers, John, Bobby, and Ted. His political advocacy work led him to be involved with some of the most influential moments of the Kennedy brothers' political lives, both on a local level and a national level.
In other words, Gerard F. Doherty has many tales to tell. And the Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library shall be providing an opportunity to gather and be fascinated by what he has to share.
Doherty’s book "They Were My Friends – Jack, Bob and Ted: My Life in and out of Politics," published in 2017, weaves the story of his unlikely rise to the top of Massachusetts political leadership and how he became the man behind the Kennedy political machine at key moments in history. He also shares accounts of his work helping Presidents Carter and Johnson win the White House, and much more.
Doherty has a treasure trove of stories when it comes to the history of Massachusetts politics and the golden age of the Kennedy political dynasty. But he also knows all too well of the daily concern of families and their struggles of loss, so real in every pocket throughout the city. He also knows firsthand the power of childhood friendships and how those relationships can carry you through difficult times throughout your life.
There will be ample opportunity to engage him in dialog, not only about that era in U.S politics, but also about Charlestown’s direct connections to that era. He is also probably the first local person anyone should seek out if they are interested in running for political office themselves!
In the course of the gathering, Gerard F. Doherty will be serenaded by tenor Wes Hunter, who is affiliated with the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC).
“Gerry has been by my family’s side through triumph and tragedy 'They Were My Friends' is not just a memoir of a rich political career and generational friendship — it is a roadmap for any public servant today, searching for a way forward in undoubtedly difficult political times.” (Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III)