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Posted on: August 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Historical Commission to Welcome World-Renowned Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Hingham Historical Commission is pleased to welcome world-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as this year's speaker at the annual Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series event.


Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023 at 2 p.m.


Sanborn Auditorium, Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central St.


Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times #1 best-selling author. 

Goodwin will be presenting "Leadership in Turbulent Times," the title of her seventh book, published in September 2018, and a New York Times bestseller. 

"Leadership in Turbulent Times" is the culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

In both the book and companion lecture, Goodwin conveys her deep understanding of the ambition, resolution, and resilience of some of our nation’s most revered presidents -- exploring how past setbacks and triumphs shed light on the cultural, economic, and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times.


The Sept. 9 lecture is free to attend and will be reserved seating only. To reserve a seat, email An email confirming your reservation will be sent and the email will serve as the admission ticket to the lecture.  

Attendees should note that the doors will be closed and the lecture will start promptly at 2 p.m. 

Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series

The Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Hingham Historical Commission and Mary Anne Donaldson, along with the Town of Hingham, is in honor of Donaldson’s late identical twin sister, Virginia Tay. Tay was active in all facets of historic preservation in Hingham.

When Tay moved to Hingham in the 1990s, she took an avid interest in restoring the 1822 country federal home she purchased. She served on various historically-oriented entities, including as Chair of the Hingham Historical Commission, President of the Hingham Historical Society, and Chair of the Hingham Historic Districts Commission.

Tay was a clinical nurse practitioner and psychologist who maintained practices in Cambridge, Hingham, and North Easton. She was on the faculty of the MGH Institute of Health Professions and the Graduate Nursing Program at Northeastern University and served as a supervisory mentor at the clinical psychiatric nurse practitioner program at Harvard University.

Before her passing, she planned a speaker series that would serve as an educational vehicle for interested South Shore residents. When Donaldson relocated to Hingham in 2021, her first priority was to continue the legacy of her sister’s mission: enlightening community members with the ideas of great thinkers.  

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