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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

JFK Library Foundation Names Steven Rothstein as New Executive Director

Steven M. Rothstein has been selected as the new Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.  The announcement came today from Kenneth R.Feinberg, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Throughout his career, Steven has answered President Kennedy’s call to service, dedicating himself to social justice and human progress. We are fortunate that he will now lead the Foundation in inspiring the next generation to become engaged citizens and make the world a better place,” said Feinberg.

An accomplished non-profit administrator, public servant, and entrepreneur, Rothstein led the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind through a period of significant growth during his eleven year tenure as President of the institution.

“I am truly humbled to be appointed the next Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation,” said Rothstein. “Through the inspiration of President Kennedy and members of his family, I have built my career around assisting individuals that have been in the shadows of society. I am thrilled to join our amazing board, team, and supporters at the Foundation and look forward to building upon the successful collaboration between the Foundation and Library to make President Kennedy’s legacy accessible to new generations.”

Rothstein begins on September 6, 2016.  He will oversee all operations of the Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a federal institution governed by the National Archives and Records Administration.

In this role, Rothstein will work with staff to position the Foundation at the center of an interactive world-wide dialogue on President Kennedy’s legacy and the continued significance of the ideas, policies and programs that he advanced throughout his life and presidency.

Rothstein has worked with the Kennedy family for several decades.  He supported the senatorial and presidential campaigns of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and the 1986 congressional campaign of Joe Kennedy II.   He was on the original team of Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit organization Kennedy founded in 1979 to provide low-cost heating oil to the poor and elderly. 

Read the press release on Mr. Rothstein’s appointment here. 

Here is more information about the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, located at Columbia Point in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

The JFK Library & Museum  is part of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents A Celtic Sojourn Roots and Branches Festival

Vishten from PEI 

The Lowell Summer Music Series is presenting a stellar line-up of Irish, Irish-American and Maritime music this summer, with A Celtic Sojourn Roots & Branches Festival, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to the show.  Enter the contest here.

The line-up includes the New York-based Irish ensemble, Girsa; the Irish duo Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely; the Prince Edward Island based trio Vishten; and Irish dancers Kevin Doyle and the Miller Family from Rhode Island.  See details about the performers here.

Check out other great concerts at this year's  Lowell Summer Music Series.

For information about visiting Lowell and surrounding areas, visit the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For year round details on Irish activities in New England, visit