Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy Inauguration

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mass., is offering a variety of special programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration.

The 43-year-old Massachusetts native captured the Democratic nomination in 1960 and went on to win one of the closest elections in U.S. history, making him the youngest elected president, the only Catholic and the first born in the 20th century.

"In marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration and launching three years of programming to highlight the 50th anniversaries of the most important moments in his presidency, the Kennedy Library recognizes that while his time is becoming part of history and no longer living memory, his example, his words, and his spirit, are more relevant than ever," Tom Putnam, Kennedy Library Director tells AOL Travel News.

Among the special programs and exhibits, visitors can see the Fitzgerald Family Bible upon which Kennedy took the oath of office as President of the United States, and a draft of the Inaugural Address handwritten by then President-elect Kennedy just three days before the inaugural ceremony.
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The "You be the President" interactive museum activity lets visitors step up to a podium set before a background featuring the January 20, 1961 inaugural scene of the east front of the U.S. Capitol and deliver some of the most stirring passages of Kennedy's inaugural address.

"We hope our innovative programming at the Library and via the internet will remind citizens of President Kennedy's legacy and challenge new generations to answer his call to service and to solve the problems of our time," says Putnam.

For those who want to share a personal story about their recollections of JFK or how they have been inspired by his life and work, special "memory" books will be on hand at the museum from January 20-23, which will then become a permanent part of the musuem's archives

On January 20 at 5:30 p.m., a live webcast will feature Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation and BOOM!: Voices of the Sixties, and broadcast journalist Jane Pauley, reflecting on how JFK's presidency shaped and influenced the culture of the 1960s.

Above Photo Caption: President and Mrs. Kennedy attend the Inaugural Ball at the Washington, DC Armory, 20 January 1961. Photograph by Abbie Rowe in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

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