When it comes to cities in the United States, there are very few that can claim to be “more American” than Boston. It’s a city full of pride for its sports teams, is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the country and is rich with American history. It only made sense that my friend Joe and I honor one of our country’s greatest and most beloved leaders and make a stop at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum while in Boston – to have missed it would have essentially been treason, right?
Joe enthusiastically ready to start our tour!
We started the visit with a short video summarizing the life of JFK, including his childhood, his political career and his presidency. It was informative and surprisingly attention-grabbing, and it made me realize, yet again, how little I know about American history. It’s disappointing, too, because I don’t think I’m alone amongst my peers, either – we were the youngest visitors by at least 30 years!
We then toured the library and museum. There were various rooms to check out, including this one, which featured Kennedy’s Resolute Desk in his Oval Office.
Artifacts from JFK’s presidential campaign.
Jackie Kennedy’s dress from the time she met Queen Elizabeth II! One interesting factoid I learned while in the museum was about how close the Kennedys were with/how much they admired Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Mary. This excited me a lot, because I love me some Hemingway. Kennedy was the president to honor Hemingway with the Nobel Prize, and upon Hemingway’s death, Jackie granted Mary Hemingway permission to go to Cuba to collect his belongings from the home he loved and owned in Havana despite all of the political conflict happening at the time. This visit to the JFK’s presidential library & museum sparked a real interest in Jackie for me & I can’t wait to learn more about her.
“Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.” -JFK
It was such a worthwhile and fulfilling stop on our way to Cape Cod for the day/night!
Have you ever been to any presidential libraries?