Kennedy Presentation to be Held at Piedmont Crossing

March 5, 2018

Piedmont Crossing, an active retirement community in Thomasville, will welcome Historian Dr. Melinda Ratchford to their campus on Wednesday, March 21 at 2pm to present on the Kennedy family.

John Kennedy has now been deceased longer than he lived. What causes this continued fascination with a man who died over 50 years ago at the age of 46? What do we really believe five decades after those gunshots in Dallas? Dr. Ratchford will explore the myth and mystique surrounding the life and times of the Kennedy family. The presentation will discuss a brief history of the Kennedy family and what led them to be either reviled or revered.

Dr. Ratchford is a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Science and a Sixth Year degree in Curriculum from Appalachian State University. Ratchford earned her Master’s in Library Education from UNC- Greensboro, and later attended UNC- Chapel Hill where she received her Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Ratchford worked in the North Carolina Public Schools for 31 years and retired in July 2000. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Sister Christine Beck Department of Education at Belmont Abbey College. Dr. Ratchford was the 2002 Adrian Faculty Excellence Award winner at Belmont Abbey College. In 2009, Ratchford began a year-long research project about the Kennedys and has presented numerous programs about the family.

This program is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To attend, call Blair at 336-474-3605.