Gerard F. Doherty: "Friend of the Year" tribute hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Library

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library presents an evening with author and former political adviser Gerard F. Doherty, this year's recipient of the "Friend of the Year" award, w/intermittent serenading by tenor Wes Hunter.
By: Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the BPL
Gerard F. Doherty, "Friend of the Year" tribute, presented by Friends of Library
Gerard F. Doherty, "Friend of the Year" tribute, presented by Friends of Library
BOSTON - April 23, 2019 - PRLog -- Gerard F. Doherty: a "Friend of the Year" tribute presented by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm award presentation, with intermittent serenading performed by tenor Wes Hunter. Free and open to all, including a reception. Conveniently located to the Orange Line and bus connections. Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information:,, 617-242-1248.

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​s ​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!

"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)

In the course of the gathering, Gerard F. Doherty will be serenaded by tenor Wes Hunter.

Further background information:

Gerard F. Doherty was born and still lives in the Charlestown neigh­borhood of Bos­ton. He was educated at Malden Catholic High School, Harvard University and Suffolk University Law School. He was a two-time State Repre­senta­tive and MA State Democratic Party Chairman. He was ac­tive in the cam­paigns of Jack, Bob and Ted Ken­nedy and became their friend. He was also in­volved in the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He built a successful law practice with a spe­cialty in real estate develop­ment.

Wes Hunter is affiliated with the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) as a performing artist and a teacher. According to NEMPAC's Artistic Director, Hunter is "a phenomenally engaging performer with a beautiful, bright tenor voice." NEMPAC is the key resource for quality music arts programming in the North End/Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods in Boston. Their mission is to empower artists of all ages and abilities through a wide array of educational offerings and professional performing arts programs. A music school and a music performance hub, NEMPAC believes that all are musicians and performers, and prepares individuals to be the best version of themselves through music artistic experiences and training programs.

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library was formed in 1953, becoming the second Friends group to organize within the Boston Public Library system. The Friends schedule four to six evening programs a year, support the Reading is FUNdamental programs for children, and maintain the library's landscaping. The mission of the Friends remains today what it was in 1953: to serve as an advocacy and support group for the needs of the Charlestown Branch Library, its staff and users. *The May 16th presentation, reception and concert will immediately follow the brief Friends' Annual Meeting held at 5:45 pm. Current members will vote on the FY 2020 slate of Directors.

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