FALMOUTH—Eileen McNamara, author of “Eunice: The Kennedy that Changed the World” will talk about Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy at an August 1 event sponsored by the Falmouth Museums on the Green. Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy: Making of a Liberal Icon, will be part of the discussion, which will begin at 7:00 pm at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.
In Eunice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, reveals a woman ahead of her time and out of step with it. While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movement of our time. With access to never-before-seen private papers, McNamara creates a vivid portrait of an officious, compassionate, indefatigable, devout, cigar-smoking woman who emerged from her brothers’ shadows and founded the Special Olympics on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
This event is partially funded by a grant from Mass Humanities, which conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy and other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Admission is $10. Reservations are suggested. For information and reservations, visit museumsonthegreen.org or call 508-548-4857, ext. 10.
The Falmouth Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, share and celebrate the history and culture of Falmouth through its archives, exhibitions, educational programs and community events. The Museums on the Green campus includes: The Dr. Francis Wicks House (c. 1790), the Conant House (c. 1730), the Hallett Barn (2002), a Cultural Center for events, exhibitions and private rentals, and a Colonial-style flower garden, herb garden and memorial garden maintained by The Falmouth Garden Club. Museumsonthegreen.org.