HYANNIS, MA – After welcoming 70,000 visitors in 2018, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is gearing up for an exciting 2019 season, ushering in a new special exhibit commemorating the life of John F. Kennedy Jr. and his connection to Cape Cod through photographs, video, quotes, text and artifacts. The exhibit coincides with the 20th anniversary of his passing.
A media preview will kick off the opening of “Cape Cod Remembers JFK Jr.” at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 2019. U.S. Senator Paul Kirk will be the featured speaker at this special event. Kirk, appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ted Kennedy, served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 2009 to 2010.
The JFK Jr. exhibit is arranged chronologically and features extraordinary images and video footage—some rarely seen—of JFK Jr. alone, and also with his father, John F. Kennedy, his mother, Jackie, and sister, Caroline—as well as playful images in the Oval Office. The exhibit, which focuses on his time spent on Cape Cod, also tells the story of his adult life—from his marriage to Carolyn Bessette to the launch of George, his glossy lifestyle-political magazine. The exhibit is curated by museum co-founder Rebecca Pierce-Merrick.
“John Jr. captivated the world, but he had a special connection to the Cape,” said John L. Allen, president of the JFK Hyannis Museum. “He captured our hearts as a little boy and later intrigued us as an adult visiting the family compound in Hyannis Port. He felt comfortable on the Cape walking down Main Street in Hyannis and visiting the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. This exhibit is a rare opportunity for visitors to see never-before-seen images and video of JFK Jr.”
JFK Jr. was born on Nov. 25, 1960, two weeks after his father was elected president of the United States. From the White House to Hyannis Port during his father’s presidency, and years later, in Manhattan, JFK Jr. remained in the spotlight. Tragically, on July 16, 1999, JFK Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette died in a plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard en route to a Kennedy family wedding. As his beloved uncle Ted Kennedy said at his funeral: “From the first day of his life, John seemed to belong not only to our family, but to the American Family.”
This commemorative exhibit invites visitors to remember John F. Kennedy Jr. who, like his father, stated Ted Kennedy at his funeral, “had every gift but length of years.”
In addition to “Cape Cod Remembers JFK Jr.,” the museum offers two other exhibits: “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” which features intimate images of John F. Kennedy and his family; and “JFK at 100: Life & Legacy,” an inspirational journey that takes visitors through various milestones of the 35th president’s life, with a focus on the years he spent on Cape Cod.