Bridgewater State College Honors John Joseph Moakley

2/11/2003

Traveling Exhibit Traces Bread-and-Butter Politician’s Evolution Into International Statesman

BRIDGEWATER – "John Joseph Moakley: In Service to His Country," a Suffolk University traveling exhibit drawn from the papers of the late congressman, will be open to the public on Monday, February 24, 2003 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the John Joseph Moakley Center at Bridgewater State College. United States Congressman Stephen F. Lynch will be the guest speaker.

Through photographs and papers, the exhibit illustrates the story of an urban youth's evolution into a statesman, shaped by his upbringing, his service as a Seabee in World War II and his feeling for his constituents as he held elective office at the city, state and national levels.

Moakley was a caring, gregarious man who took to heart the maxim that "all politics is local," yet his attention to local concerns led him to a role in international affairs. He became a peacemaker in El Salvador even while he worked to bring development, jobs and services to his congressional district. He paid personal attention to every detail, from a constituent’s missing Social Security check to job creation through economic development.

A fine example of his efforts is Bridgewater State College’s John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications, the exhibit’s host site. The Moakley Center dramatically enhances the teaching capability of the region’s educational professionals while promoting regional economic growth. The facility was funded by a grant procured with the assistance of the congressman.

Congressman Moakley left his papers to his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School, where they are housed in the Moakley Library. The Moakley Archive is made up of correspondence, press releases, speeches, memorabilia, committee files, travel files, audio-visual materials and photographs. The Moakley Institute associated with the Archive promotes the congressman’s legacy of public service.

The John Joseph Moakley traveling exhibit, which is open to the public free of charge, will be on display at the John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications on the Bridgewater State College campus from:

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 through Friday, April 18, 2003

Monday through Thursday ( 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Friday and Saturday ( 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Sunday (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at Bridgewater State College at 508-531-1335.

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