JFK Museum honors president on 50th anniversary of his death

“Cape Cod: The Summer of 1963 to November 22, 1963 – Days of joy. Days of sorrow”, remembers JFK
President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Governor of Texas John Connally in the presidential limousine, minutes before the President's assassination. JFK Library photo.

Where were you when John Kennedy died?

Any American over sixty remembers where he or she was at 1:30pm on September 22, 1963 - the day Jack Kennedy was assassinated.

I was in the Polish Club in Thompsonville, CT where I worked for former Cape Cod Times editor Bill Breisky who owned the Thompsonville Press.

My wife Patricia was at home with a new baby watching television when the first news flash interrupted all our lives forever.

It marked the end of a dream of a new, younger and more open America which was altered by this event.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.

Kennedy was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade.

A half century later in Hyannis

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation will remember the upcoming 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a  special exhibit.

"Cape Cod: The Summer of 1963 to November 22, 1963 – Days of joy. Days of sorrow,” is a look back at the President’s final months on his beloved Cape Cod.

Through photos, videos, wall displays, and news clips, museum visitors will have a chance to reflect on the final days of Camelot, through a Cape Cod lens.

Rebecca Pierce-Merrick, museum curator says, “From the joyful 1963 summer memories of the President and his family, to the palpable fog of grief that settled over Cape Cod after his death, this exhibit will remind us how truly special those Camelot days were, and how one day in history changed it forever.”

The exhibit covers the summer of 1963 to the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, as well as the subsequent days on Cape Cod. The Kennedy family spent much of that summer on Cape Cod, which included time spent mourning the death of their third child (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, Aug. 7, 1963 – Aug. 9, 1963).

New video to be shown

A release from the museum says a new video produced by renowned documentary film producer and Kennedy family videographer Andrew Fone will be introduced as part of the exhibit. In addition, through local newspaper accounts and first person remembrances, visitors will learn how President Kennedy and his family loved Cape Cod and how his death profoundly affected Cape Cod.

“Camelot was a nationwide phenomenon,” said Rebecca Pierce-Merrick, “but in many ways, its epicenter was right here on Cape Cod. Residents and visitors alike will be deeply touched by this exhibit.”

The museum is at 397 Main Street in Hyannis, 508-790-3077.

See the hundreds of Kennedy stories we have published here.

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK and his family spent on Cape Cod; days relaxing with family, playing football with PT 109 buddies, and sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn. The museum’s mission is to celebrate the legacy of President Kennedy and his family, to share his special ties to Cape Cod and to educate the community, especially students.

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