Project Mercury hard hat presented to Kennedy by John Glenn.
Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, is in the midst of a year-long celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of the 35th president. Central to the commemoration is the exhibition JFK at 100: Milestones and Mementos, on display through May 2018. The revealing exhibition, which features 100 items, looks at Kennedy the politician through displays that include literature from his senate and presidential campaigns, items related to the Cuban Missile Crisis and his handwritten notes in preparation for his landmark address to the nation on civil rights. The personal life of Kennedy is also given its due. Personal belongings exhibited range from Kennedy’s high-school scrapbook to his sunglasses to gifts given to him by his young children.
“Each of these 100 items has a story revealing some facet of JFK’s life experience and personality,” says Stacey Bredhoff, curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. “Some chronicle his political ambitions; some speak to the trappings of the office he occupied and revered; some mark significant milestones in our nation’s history. But it may be the everyday things—the beat-up suitcase, the neckties, the pencils from his desk, the gifts from his children—that speak most poignantly of his humanity and help us to connect with him a full century after his birth.”
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.