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The Making of a President a New Display Now Open in the Museum at the Kennedy Presidential Library

BOSTON.- As citizens across the country prepare to elect the next President, the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has unveiled The Making of a President, a special display of archival material and Museum objects from the Library’s collection that explores those elements of John F. Kennedy’s life that prepared him for a career in public service and motivated him to seek the nation’s highest elected office. This special display in the Museum’s Theater Lobby will remain open through the summer of 2009.

This new display features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Kennedy Presidential Library’s collections which illustrate key aspects of John F. Kennedy’s early life, including: growing up as part of a large and service-oriented family; his education at Harvard University; his foreign travels as the son of an ambassador and as a United States Congressman; his Naval service in the South Pacific during World War II; and his authorship of two books, Why England Slept and Profiles in Courage.

Among the items to be displayed, some of which have never been displayed before, are:

John F. Kennedy’s notes on government and the presidency, written as a student at Harvard University.

Travel diaries from the 1930’s and 1950’s from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

John F. Kennedy’s notes on the opening session of the United Nations in 1945, which he covered as a journalist for the Hearst newspaper chain.

Draft pages and the typewriter used for John Kennedy’s senior thesis that became, Why England Slept.

An essay by John F. Kennedy titled “Justice,” written while attending the Choate School. John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize certificate for Profiles in Courage.
John F. Kennedy’s May 1956 article “Why Harvard Men go into Politics” written for the Harvard Bulletin.

The Making of a President is made possible with generous support from AIG Private Client Group. The media sponsor is WCVB-TV 5.

The Making of a President is just one of the many exciting and inspiring exhibits visitors will find in the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The Museum’s 25 multimedia exhibits and period settings from the White House offer an exciting “you are there” experience, and create a stirring account of President Kennedy’s thousand days in office. Beginning with a 17-minute film narrated by President Kennedy, visitors step back into the recreated world of the early 1960s and witness the first televised presidential debate; accompany first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on her televised tour of the White House; sit in on press conferences with the President; relive the thrill of Col. John Glenn’s first orbital mission; stroll through White House corridors; witness Cabinet meetings during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and observe the president’s televised address from the Oval Office on the Civil Rights crisis.

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