John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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04/05/2020
On Mrs. Kennedy's work establishing formal conservation efforts of the White House

The White House was always first and foremost the home of the first family. But, Jacqueline Kennedy also recognized that it had another function as a museum. White House Curator William Allman explains how the First Lady founded the White House Historical Association and hired the first the curatorial staff to take care of the artifacts in America’s most famous historic home.

Watch the full 2012 #JFKForum with William Allman at https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/forums/2012-02-15-50th-anniversary-of-the-white-house-tour

#JFKLfromHome

04/05/2020

The White House was always first and foremost the home of the first family. But, Jacqueline Kennedy also recognized that it had another function as a museum. White House Curator William Allman explains how the First Lady founded the White House Historical Association and hired the first the curatorial staff to take care of the artifacts in America’s most famous historic home.

Watch the full 2012 #JFKForum with William Allman at LINK

#JFKLfromHome

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo
04/03/2020

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo

04/02/2020
White House Curator discusses a challenge facing Mrs. Kennedy during White House renovation

While restoring a state dining room in the White House, Mrs. Kennedy encountered a "presidential roadblock" from President Truman at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. White House Curator William Allman tells the story at a #JFKForum on the 50th Anniversary of her White House Tour and how she solved it.

View the full forum at: https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/forums/2012-02-15-50th-anniversary-of-the-white-house-tour

We’re joining the City of Boston and fellow cultural institutions to spread the word about the #2020Census and make sure...
04/01/2020

We’re joining the City of Boston and fellow cultural institutions to spread the word about the #2020Census and make sure #BostonCounts!

Take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions that will shape our communities for the next 10 years: http://2020census.gov #BostonCultureCounts

Though we are currently closed to the public, you can virtually explore parts of the JFK Library from home thanks to Goo...
03/30/2020
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - First Floor, United States — Google Arts & Culture

Though we are currently closed to the public, you can virtually explore parts of the JFK Library from home thanks to Google Arts & Culture. Visitors end their museum experience in the 115 foot high glass pavilion designed by I.M. Pei, overlooking Dorchester Bay. Don’t forget to look up!

#MuseumFromHome #JFKLFromHome

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

One of the largest collections at the JFK Library is the White House Photographs collection. (In fact, most photos we po...
03/28/2020
Recently Cataloged Photos from the White House Photographs Collection

One of the largest collections at the JFK Library is the White House Photographs collection. (In fact, most photos we post are from there.) Archivists have recently cataloged and published more photos to our website- learn more!

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https://jfk.blogs.archives.gov/2020/03/25/cataloged-photos-march2020/

In this cataloging update, we invite you to enjoy highlights of recently-published White House Photographs.

03/27/2020

Need some help getting motivated for your next workout? Perhaps add the song “Chicken Fat” to your playlist? It was produced by the JFK’s council on physical fitness and played to students nation wide in their gym class. Go Chicken Fat Go!! 💪💪 #JFKLfromHome

Learn more about “Chicken Fat” and JFK’s Council on Physical Fitness: https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/jfk-in-history/physical-fitness

In June 1963, JFK made a whirlwind 5-day trip to 5 western states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, California, and Hawaii. ...
03/25/2020
JFK Goes West: President Kennedy’s June 1963 Trip to Western States

In June 1963, JFK made a whirlwind 5-day trip to 5 western states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, California, and Hawaii. Follow along and view photos from his travels!

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KN-C29109. President John F. Kennedy Arrives at Lindbergh Field in San Diego, California by Laura Kintz, Audiovisual Metadata Cataloger In early June of 1963, President John F. Kennedy embarked on …

On October 16, 1962, President Kennedy was shown photos of missile bases being built by the Soviets in Cuba, kicking off...
03/23/2020
Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

On October 16, 1962, President Kennedy was shown photos of missile bases being built by the Soviets in Cuba, kicking off the 13 days of what would be called the Cuban Missile Crisis.

See how JFK navigated the crisis moment by moment and day by day in World on the Brink.

#JFKLfromHome

The John F. Kennedy library and museum Cuban Missile Crisis page. Access the Kennedy Library Digital Archives, which includes 300,000 scanned documents, films, and audio clips with materials such as early drafts of the John F. Kennedy inaugural address, Fidel Castro, Bay of Pigs, Missiles, Russia, S...

If you’re working from home with pets, you’re not alone! The Kennedy family and Ernest Hemingway all lived where they wo...
03/21/2020
Historical Pets Who Were Great at Working from Home

If you’re working from home with pets, you’re not alone! The Kennedy family and Ernest Hemingway all lived where they worked, and their pets were experts at living their best lives while ignoring the important work their humans were doing.

When you work where you live – as both President John F. Kennedy and writer Ernest Hemingway often did – pets tend to show up whenever they like and remain unbothered by workplace behav…

Are you exercising at home and need some inspiration? Download the *official* US Physical Fitness Program and get to mov...
03/20/2020

Are you exercising at home and need some inspiration? Download the *official* US Physical Fitness Program and get to moving! It has JFK’s stamp of approval.

And don’t worry ladies, the pamphlet assures you that you “need have no fear of becoming heavily, unattractively muscled.” 🙄

💪🏻💪🏾:https://www.jfklibrary.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/PhysicalFitnessPamphlet.pdf

Though the JFK Library is closed during these unprecedented times, we are here to bring you #JFKLFromHome. So we want to...
03/19/2020

Though the JFK Library is closed during these unprecedented times, we are here to bring you #JFKLFromHome. So we want to hear from you! What do you want to see us post? Comment below and starting next week, we’ll share as much as we can! #MuseumFromHome

March 19, 1962: Jacqueline Kennedy attends a polo match in Jaipur, India.⁣⁣Gayatri Devi, next to Mrs. Kennedy, was born ...
03/19/2020

March 19, 1962: Jacqueline Kennedy attends a polo match in Jaipur, India.⁣

Gayatri Devi, next to Mrs. Kennedy, was born into Indian royalty and became the Maharani of Jaipur when she married Bhawani Singh in 1940. She ran for Parliament in 1962 and won by an overwhelming margin. As Maharani and in public office, she modernized the role of women, including creating a school for girls.⁣

#WomensHistoryMonth

CLOSURE UPDATE:  The two Library employees who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 have not developed symptoms of the i...
03/18/2020

CLOSURE UPDATE: The two Library employees who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 have not developed symptoms of the illness following a 14-day self-quarantine period ending today. The JFK Library will remain closed until further notice due to the public health emergency in Massachusetts. We will continue to respond to written requests for records at [email protected]. Please check www.jfklibrary.org for updates on our operating hours and status.

For more information, please visit: https://www.jfklibrary.org/about-us/news-and-press/press-releases/jfk-library-employees-end-self-quarantine-with-no-symptoms

03/17/2020
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A throwback to when Irish TV host and comedian Ryan Tubridy described JFK’s arrival in #Ireland as similar to “Oz arriving in Kansas.” #JFKForum

At a #JFKForum this month on President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, author and host of Ireland’s #LateLate TV Ryan Tubridy said JFK’s visit was akin to “Oz arriving in Kansas.” #JFKForums

March 15, 1962: Mrs. Kennedy visits the Taj Mahal (twice!) on the fourth day of her goodwill tour of India and Pakistan....
03/15/2020

March 15, 1962: Mrs. Kennedy visits the Taj Mahal (twice!) on the fourth day of her goodwill tour of India and Pakistan. She visits once during the day, and then again in the evening.⁣

#womenshistorymonth

03/14/2020
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March 14, 1962: Mrs. Kennedy visits the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and views a fashion show of Indian-made clothes.⁣⁣
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The last model to come out was Kitty Galbraith, wife of the US Ambassador to India, who was asked to model an evening gown made from a sari (as a surprise to Mrs. Kennedy!)

#WomensHistoryMonth

This week marks 58 years since First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began her goodwill tour of India and Pakistan. Join us over...
03/13/2020

This week marks 58 years since First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began her goodwill tour of India and Pakistan. Join us over the next 12 days as we retrace her visit to landmarks in both countries!

March 12, 1962: Upon her arrival in the city, Prime Minister Nehru presented the first lady with ceremonial welcome necklaces.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo
03/12/2020

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo

Eugenie Anderson became the 1st female US ambassador when she was appointed chief of mission at the ambassador level to ...
03/10/2020

Eugenie Anderson became the 1st female US ambassador when she was appointed chief of mission at the ambassador level to Denmark by President Truman. In the Kennedy administration, she served as ambassador to Bulgaria - the first woman to be chief of mission behind the Iron Curtain.

#WomensHistoryMonth

03/09/2020
The Future of Irish Cuisine

Jp McMahon, Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur, author, and food educator, discusses his distinguished career and new book, The Irish Cookbook, which draws on current research to inform this collection of authentic traditional recipes and new interpretations of classic dishes and indigenous Irish ingredients. Dr. Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute, moderates.

This program is supported in part through the Emigrant Support Programme of the Government of Ireland.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo
03/09/2020

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's cover photo

Hungarian-born scientist and programmer Augusta “Mici” Teller worked in computations at Los Alamos, the isolated facilit...
03/09/2020

Hungarian-born scientist and programmer Augusta “Mici” Teller worked in computations at Los Alamos, the isolated facility built to produce the first nuclear weapons. While husband Edward Teller became known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb,” Mici was an accomplished science professional long before women commonly held this distinction. After leaving Los Alamos, she worked on an early version of the computer.

#WomensHistoryMonth

Looking for some inspiring women on #InternationalWomensDay? Check out some of the trailblazing women who worked with th...
03/08/2020
Finding Inspiration in the Archives: Honoring Women at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library – ARCHIVALLY SPEAKING: An Inside Look at the JFK Library Archives

Looking for some inspiring women on #InternationalWomensDay? Check out some of the trailblazing women who worked with the Kennedy administration!

Finding Inspiration in the Archives: Honoring Women at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library by kabramson on March 27, 2014   by Lindsay Closterman and Nicola Mantzaris, Metadata Catalogers, White House Photographs As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, we want to pay tribute to t...

We have a special bonus episode of JFK35 out today! We interview recent #NewFrontierAward honorees Freedom for Immigrant...
03/06/2020

We have a special bonus episode of JFK35 out today! We interview recent #NewFrontierAward honorees Freedom for Immigrants - Formerly CIVIC co-founders Christina Fialho and Christina Mansfield. Their organization has influenced new laws in CA to protect immigrant rights and stop the expansion of detention facilities.

🎧 Listen on Apple, Google, SoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.jfklibrary.org/about-us/social-media-apps/jfk35-podcast/new-frontier-award-freedom-for-immigrants-co-founders

As the first White House Curator, Lorraine Pearce helped Mrs. Kennedy restore and promote the White House collections du...
03/06/2020

As the first White House Curator, Lorraine Pearce helped Mrs. Kennedy restore and promote the White House collections during the White House restoration. She also wrote the first guidebook to the White House’s historic furnishings.⁣

#WomensHistoryMonth

03/05/2020
The software that sent humans to the Moon - Matt Porter & Margaret Hamilton

When President John F. Kennedy called on Americans to reach the Moon by the end of the 1960s, he had the help of scientists all over the country - including software engineer Margaret Hamilton. Hamilton invented the flight software that helped guide the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon on July 20, 1969. Learn the story with the help of our partner TED-Ed.

View the full lesson plan: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-software-that-sent-humans-to-the-moon-matt-porter-and-margaret-hamilton#watch

Learn how Margaret Hamilton and her team of engineers built the software for the Apollo 11 mission that landed mankind on the Moon. -- The Apollo 11 moon lan...

We have a bonus episode of #JFK35 out today! We interview recent #NewFrontierAward winner Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib on hi...
02/28/2020
JFK New Frontier Award Honoree Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib

We have a bonus episode of #JFK35 out today! We interview recent #NewFrontierAward winner Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib on his work on paid sick leave and voting rights.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts!

In this bonus episode JFK35, we interview 2020 New Frontier Award honoree Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib. Habib received the award for his work on important issues for his constituents including

Attention visitors: The JFK Library and Museum will be closed on March 4, 2020, and will reopen for regular admission on...
02/25/2020

Attention visitors: The JFK Library and Museum will be closed on March 4, 2020, and will reopen for regular admission on March 5, 2020.

Andrew Hatcher was the 1st Black associate press secretary in the White House, and worked as a speechwriter for JFK in t...
02/24/2020

Andrew Hatcher was the 1st Black associate press secretary in the White House, and worked as a speechwriter for JFK in the 1960 campaign. #BlackHistoryMonth

His oral history interview recounts the 1960 campaign:https://www.jfklibrary.org/sites/default/files/archives/JFKOH/Hatcher,%20Andrew%20T/JFKOH-ATH-01/JFKOH-ATH-01-TR.pdf

Civil rights leader Dorothy Height - called "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement" - served on the President Kenne...
02/19/2020

Civil rights leader Dorothy Height - called "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement" - served on the President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women, and advised multiple presidents and government agencies on civil rights issues.

For 40 years, she was the president of National Council on Negro Women, where she worked to address both racism and sexism. #BlackHistoryMonth

📷: Height receiving a pen from JFK at the signing of the Equal Pay Act, 1963.

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Columbia Point
Boston, MA
02125

The Library and Museum is easily accessed by public transportation. Take the MBTA Rapid Transit, Red Line (any red line train) to JFK/UMASS Station. There is a free shuttle bus to the Library every 20 minutes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until Museum closing. Please take the buses marked ‘#2 JFK.’

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(866) 535-1960

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