JFK’s Legacy of Service Today:
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country
A program of the JFK100 Centennial Celebration & the Tisch College Distinguisher Speaker Series
Clean Energy is Today's Moon Shot: A Discussion of the Legacy of JFK’s Legacy and the Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change, with Gina McCarthy, Emily Reichert and David Cash
This year marks the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. To celebrate that occasion and also President Kennedy’s Oct. 26, 1963, visit to, and speech at, Amherst College, the College will host a forum on “Poetry and Politics.” The forum will trace the thread connecting President Kennedy’s concerns with the College’s current interest in, to use President Martin’s words, setting “an example of community characterized by openness and respect, freedom with responsibility, and politics inflected by poetry.”
Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by Professor Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Boston Globe columnist
Join Casa de la Familia as world renowned art historian and lecturer, Mr. Gregorio Luke presents "The Plight of the Immigrant," a beautiful journey into the history and contributions of immigrants in America.
White House correspondent for LIFE magazine, Hugh Sidey proclaimed that because of President John F. Kennedy’s use of television, “no official face has ever become so much a part of American consciousness.” From his debates with Republican candidate Richard Nixon to his sixty-four live press conferences, President Kennedy engaged the public in a continuing political conversation about vital issues of national importance. Now into the twenty-first century, President Kennedy is still considered one of the political masters of the media: he had an astute understanding of the nuances of television and how to message even the littlest detail.
Join us for a fun-filled day of celebration on President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, featuring performances by the U.S. Naval Band, the Boston City Singers, a ceremonial cake cutting, and a flyover performed by the U.S. Navy. Admission to the Library will be free and open to the public all day.
To commemorate JFK’s challenge to the nation of landing a man on the moon, the Kennedy Library is hosting an afternoon of activities and guest speakers for kids, families, and adults focused on Space. Featured presentations by a NASA astronaut and NASA spacesuit engineer will highlight space exploration and equipment, including what it’s like to live and work on the International Space Station.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to partner with National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) to host the Peace Corps community at a centennial commemoration of President Kennedy.
Be the first to view our new exhibition, JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos, opening Friday, May 26 at 11:00 am. This exhibition, chronicling historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life, features a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections.
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, discusses his new collection of speeches, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, with longtime former ABC reporter and anchor Charlie Gibson. This program is presented as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington columnist for the Boston Globe, Tom Oliphant, and former Boston Globe reporter and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi, Curtis Wilkie, discuss their new book The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign.
Award-winning author and former Boston Globe correspondent John A. Farrell will discuss his new book, Richard Nixon: The Life.
Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, co-editors of JFK: A Vision for America, discuss President Kennedy's legacy with Harvard University professor Frederik Logevall.
Dr. Andrew Farah, Chief of Psychiatry, High Point Division, University of North Carolina Healthcare System, discusses his new book, Hemingway's Brain, with Dr. Linda Miller.
Master puppeteers bring one of the most famous of the Grimm Brothers’ stories to life with exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and the beautiful music of Englebert Humperdinck.
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Dr. James O'Connell, President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, discuss key healthcare issues, as well as challenges and opportunities for consumers. WCVB's Emily Riemer moderates.
Former US Secretary of Energy and MIT Professor of Physics Ernest J. Moniz discusses key issues related to climate, clean energy, and nuclear security with David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Touch football games will be held across Massachusetts in recognition of President Kennedy’s love of the sport and commitment to physical fitness as exemplified through legislation he signed enacting the Presidential Physical Fitness Initiative.
Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s son, will present the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. The PEN New England Awards in Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction will also be presented at the ceremony.
The Kennedy Library and WGBH partner for a preview and discussion of the new American Experience series, The Great War. Executive Producer Mark Samels, Series Producer Amanda Pollak, Associate Professor of History at MIT Chris Capozzola, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University Chad Williams show an exclusive preview from the series and discuss the legacy of America’s entry into World War I.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Prime Minister of Ireland, discusses the Irish-US relationship and key issues for Ireland in the new millennium in a Forum moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, director of the Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.
This family program tells the story of a young woman who journeys to America and her struggle to begin a new life while keeping her heritage alive. The performance featuring storytelling, traditional Irish music, and an Irish jig!
Acclaimed Irish broadcaster and Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy and Ireland's current laureate for children's literature, illustrator P.J. Lynch, discuss President Kennedy's 1963 visit to Ireland.
In honor of the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth and Peace Corps Week, you are invited to view a compilation of the top videos submitted in the Peace Corps Week Video Challenge. This year's theme is "Highlighting Hospitality: How does my Peace Corps country make people feel welcome?" Hear from Volunteers in the field and see traditions and customs of hospitality and welcome in their countries of service.
The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The sixth annual Family Festival will feature presidential storytelling, creative activities, musical performances, and hands-on programs to bring the Library to life in new ways for all ages.