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Novelist Ruchika Tomar Wins 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Her Debut Novel ‘A PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS’

March 23, 2020

Critically-acclaimed debut novelist Ruchika Tomar is the winner of the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, for A Prayer for Travelers (Riverhead), PEN America announced today. Honoring a distinguished first novel, the PEN/Hemingway Award includes a $25,000 prize intended to allow significant time and resources with which to pursue a subsequent work of fiction. The prize is underwritten by the Hemingway family and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Tomar will also receive a month-long Residency Fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers, valued at $10,000.  

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JFK Library Employees End Self Quarantine with No Symptoms

March 18, 2020

Boston MA – As an update to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s March 14 announcement that two Library employees were potentially exposed to coronavirus, Library officials are pleased to report that neither employee has developed symptoms of the illness following a 14-day self-quarantine period ending today. The Library has been working with public health officials to ensure all proper health measures are taken and as an extra precaution, will complete a deep cleaning of its facilities already underway.

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JFK Library to Close Due to Potential Exposure to Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Boston MA – The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is closing immediately and until further notice after learning that two employees attended a conference at the Row Hotel in Somerville, MA last week where other attendees were confirmed to have come down with the coronavirus. Neither of the Library employees have shown symptoms and both are in self-quarantine. While neither of our employees have shown symptoms and the risk of transmission is low, we are notifying the public out of an abundance of caution. If you have visited the Library between March 5 and March 11, please monitor your health for symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience symptoms, please seek medical care. The Library has been working with state public health officials to ensure all proper health measures are taken.

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Celebrate Presidents' Day Week at the JFK Library with Family-Friendly Activities

February 3, 2020

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will offer several family-oriented activities and programs throughout Presidents’ Day week, including its signature Presidents’ Day Family Festival on February 17 featuring presidential storytelling, activities and performances. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Festival will highlight presentations by actors portraying Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott. A Celebrate! series presentation of Tales from African Traditions by Valerie Tutson will take place on February 19, and family-friendly Highlights Tours will be offered throughout the week.

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Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Freedom for Immigrants Founders to Receive John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards

January 28, 2020

Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will receive the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for his work on progressive issues for his constituents, including sponsoring bills that would guarantee paid sick leave for almost all workers and the Washington Voting Rights Act, which would prevent racially polarized voting systems. As Lieutenant Governor, he has made expanding access to higher education and economic opportunity the centerpiece of his office’s work. Freedom for Immigrants founders Christina Mansfield and Christina Fialho will also be honored with the New Frontier Award for their tireless efforts advocating for immigrants rights and protections.

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