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Kearns Goodwin gets Holyoke JFK Award

September 13, 2012
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HOLYOKE, Mass.—Pulitzer Prize winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has been named the John F. Kennedy Award winner by the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee.

The award is given annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished him or herself in their field or profession.

The Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the oldest and largest in America and draws hundreds of thousands to the city. The 62nd annual parade is scheduled for March 17.

The Republican ( http://bit.ly/Q51GBi) reports that Goodwin said Wednesday that for a presidential historian, the award holds special meaning, calling it "downright thrilling."

Her most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

She also wrote "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga."

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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