The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library Present
Meet Acclaimed Author & Historian Stephen Puleo
Nationally recognized, bestselling author Stephen Puleo will share the riveting story of Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join the Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library in welcoming nationally renowned author Stephen Puleo to the Ventress. Mr. Puleo will bring to life an engrossing and moving tale of compassion and unity as he describes the heroic efforts of Bostonian seafarer Robert Bennet Forbes to deliver lifesaving aid to the starving people of Ireland during the Great Famine.
Even those familiar with the Irish Potato Famine will likely be surprised by details about the causation and severity of the plight. The tragedy endured by the Irish is juxtaposed with the uplifting story of how Forbes pulled together an unprecedented aid effort throughout the young nation, amassing food and supplies for a country in need across the Atlantic. Attendees will come away from this engaging presentation informed and impressed with the local legacy of America’s first international humanitarian aid mission.
The program will be held at the library on Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but admittance is on a first come, first served basis. Copies of Voyage of Mercy will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served, and donations to the Friends are welcome.
More information can be found on the Friends’ Fundraiser page on the library’s website, or by calling the Ventress Memorial Library at 781-834-5535.
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