LEXINGTON, Ky. — Professor F. Dean Lucas will be one of the presenters at a special event in Lexington on Monday. The program, “A Kennedy Evening,” will be held at Joseph-Beth Bookstore from 7-9 p.m.
Monday’s program, “Senator John F. Kennedy and West Virginia - 1960,” will be the first of a series of events that will focus on the life and times of John F. Kennedy and the entire Kennedy family.
Lucas is a college educator who has specialized on researching and teaching Kennedy family history and legacy. He spent more than 30 years as a college professor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College before moving to the Lexington area. Of that period in the classroom, he’s studied and taught various aspects of the Kennedy topic for over two decades. Lucas is considered a national authority on the subject matter.
“I’m especially excited about this new series to be held at Joseph-Beth,” said Lucas.
Lucas said the story — the history, politics, impact, and controversies — of the Kennedys continues to attract interest worldwide.
“This powerful family’s influence on the Bluegrass State remains immeasurable,” said Lucas. “Our goal with this program is to focus on the Kennedy’s connection to Appalachia and, specifically, Kentucky.”
In addition to Lucas, another Logan Countian to attend will be Chapmanville author F. Keith Davis. Davis is the author of the “West Virginia Tough Boys”, a critically acclaimed book published by Woodland Press. The literary work has been described in a review by Midwest Publishers as a historically significant literary work about mountain politics and the 1960 presidential primary campaign.
The Mountain State is often sited as the most important and vital win in Kennedy’s early bid for the White House. Davis’ book features a great deal of research, along with interviews and discussions with a variety of politicians and campaign workers from yesteryear, about the primary campaign.
The program is open to the public. For additional information on “A Kennedy Evening,” contact Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Lexington, 161 Lexington Green Cir No. B, Lexington, KY 40503 or call 859-273-2911.