Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Travel: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

campaign buttons

a replica of a nuclear arms treaty, along with the pens used to sign it and photo

The First Lady's inaugural gown

a replica of the oval office

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

When our California friends Jean and Gale stayed with us for a few days, all of us visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  Though I had toured it four years ago, I didn’t remember how much I enjoyed it and just how interesting it is.  The exhibits are fascinating, especially for those of us who only knew President Kennedy through photographs and/or history books.

The tour begins with a short film presenting President Kennedy’s life prior to receiving the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, and the exhibits begin with his subsequent presidential campaign.  The museum has multimedia exhibits, and my favorite was seeing a video of the Kennedy-Nixon Presidential debate, which I had only read about. 

In addition, the museum contains a section on Jacqueline Kennedy, the First Lady, and a replica of Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s office.  No matter what your political affiliation or personal view toward President Kennedy may be, visiting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is witnessing an important piece of history.

For more information on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, click here.

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