Despite the poor weather, Wednesday, August 13, marked another successful Speaker Series event for the John F. Kennedy Museum. The event featured author James Graham with a review of his book The Victura: The Kennedy’s, a Sailboat and the Sea, presented in the Special Exhibit room of the museum.
The evening began with an introduction by the President of the Board of Directors, Dick Neitz, describing the museum’s ever-growing community presence and the tremendous success of this summer’s Speaker Series. The microphone was then entrusted to Rob Sennott, whose line of questioning led Graham into entertaining tales of the Kennedy spirit. Every trip to sea marked a new adventure.
“It’s a story of sailing and the sea,” said Graham, “as well as politics.” The book describes how the iconic Wianno Senior, handcrafted by Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville and gifted to John F. Kennedy on his fifteenth birthday, became more than just a vessel, but a symbol of the Kennedy family ideals and bondage to one another. “It was a time for the family to be together, to work together,” and was a platform for Joe Kennedy Sr.’s fostering of the clan’s thirst for competition.
A discussion with the audience closed the event, including Barnstable Town Manager, Tom Lynch, who described his personal experiences avoiding Ethel Kennedy’s determined sails as a crewmember aboard one of the ferries. Graham was then available for conversation, and each attendee left with an autographed copy of his book.