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.: JFK's last public appearance with his family (as Black Watch Highland Regiment performs at White House)—tomorrow 1963:

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"Public service is the main trait of the character of this nation." - Khizr Khan, in his opening remarks at this evening's "A Nation of Immigrants event – at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

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JFK and son John at Arlington National Cemetery, Veterans Day 1963, eleven days before assassination:

Congrats Dr. Khan for his award tonight at the 60th anniversary of JFK’s “Nation of Immigrants” book

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On this , we were honored to welcome 187 new US citizens in a naturalization ceremony held here at the . Congratulations!

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President John F. Kennedy gestures to a reporter during a State Department press conference in Washington, DC, 56 years ago this month.

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Conférence à la JFK Presidential Library sur un documentaire réalisé par Rory Kennedy, nièce de JFK, sur la Nasa.

La Nasa, son histoire, ses ambitions futures sont des thèmes auxquels les Américains s’intéressent beaucoup, la grande salle était remplie.

De larges extraits du documentaire « Above and Beyond » ont été diffusés (la version intégrale va bientôt passer à la télévision sur la chaîne Discovery). Il faut admettre que le sujet est captivant.

Fait notable, une partie du documentaire aborde les travaux de la NASA sur les effets du changement climatique/« climate change ». Un thème cher à la réalisatrice.


During a short brake during our gig 🎻 I found the best resonant place/room ever!!! Thank you @parksleyy for supporting my vandalism. ♥️
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Questions with Colleagues: Jennifer Marciello, Archivist & Oral History Coordinator

This past month, the Archives division at the JFK Library welcomed six volunteer library science graduate students as part of Preservation Week. We sat down with Archivist & Oral History Coordinator Jennifer Marciello to talk about their work and what they discovered.

How did Preservation Week come about?

In the Archives Division here at the Library, we have a Preservation Subcommittee whose focus is to identify and document any preservation concerns in our historic collections and come up with plans to address them. In doing this, we noticed that there were some very sizable collections with issues that needed to be addressed, but were too large for any one staff member to take on.

This is where the idea for Preservation Week came from. Instead of one staff member devoting weeks, months or, in some cases, years to one project, we devised a program that would get archival staff and interns involved in working on a specified project for one week out of each semester – three times a year – with the goal of completing the preservation tasks. This program has a dual benefit of allowing interns the opportunity to work and collaborate on a larger shared project, while at the same time completing necessary preservation tasks that do not normally fit into current workflows.

This time, along with some of our archival staff and paid interns, we had the help of Alternative Spring Break volunteers, which is a program that NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) coordinates to provide students with an opportunity to work at a NARA facility. This year, our volunteers were from the Library and Information Science Graduate Programs at Simmons College in Boston, and at Wayne State University in Detroit.

What was the collection you worked on for this Preservation Week?

For this Preservation Week, we worked on the John F. Kennedy Condolence Mail Collection. This is the mail received by the White House and Mrs. Kennedy after President Kennedy’s assassination, and reflects the world-wide reaction to the death of President Kennedy. Previously, it had been minimally processed, which meant that many boxes were still inaccessible to researchers, and there were some significant preservation issues that needed to be addressed.

How large is the collection?

When we started, the collection was roughly 200 cubic feet. This past Preservation Week, we were able to reorganize 120 boxes of mail (60 cubic feet) – specifically the letters D through P. Since we began the program as a whole, we’ve reorganized and made accessible over 160 boxes (80 cubic feet of material) – the letters A through P. We have about two more rounds of Preservation Week to finish out the alphabet. By the Fall, we’re hoping to have all of the domestic letters in the collection – letters sent from the US – sorted, alphabetized, preserved and accessible to researchers.

When you were sorting the letters, did you come across anything surprising or especially notable?

I think the takeaway from the project for many of the volunteers who worked with it was the overall outpouring of grief as well as the personal nature of many of the letters, people relating personal stories, offering prayers, aid or asking for help. The majority of the writers discussed their love of the President, and the sadness and grief that they as American citizens felt. Many of the volunteers who worked on this project mentioned that they wouldn’t think of writing to the President or First Lady in this capacity, or feel as personally connected to a politician or political family in this day and age.

What’s the importance of processing this collection?

Over the years, we’ve found that most of the requests we get to access this collection are from individuals looking for the letters that either they sent or that their family members sent to Mrs. Kennedy. The collection was originally sorted by type – for example, letters with Mass cards, or poems, or drawings, or written by children. We found that with the reference requests we were getting, most people remembered they wrote a letter, but they didn’t remember specifically if they sent a mass card, or wrote a poem, etc. So by reorganizing the collection alphabetically by last name of the individual, Library staff can easily search through a few boxes instead of 200 cubic feet of material. It’s a huge accomplishment and will be of immense help in helping the public find their letters!


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has never made a point to commemorate or discuss President Kennedy’s death. However, near the end of the permanent exhibit is a small area about November 22, 1963. It is austere and solemn; the date is the only exhibit or caption text. 

The short, dark corridor has a lowered ceiling. There are five small television screens showing news coverage of the weekend (with no footage of the assassination). Visitors exit through a small, well-lit rotunda commemorating President Kennedy’s lasting legacy, showcasing places around the world dedicated to him. Past the rotunda is a warm, wood-paneled corridor that invites visitors to explore, in detail, the Kennedy Legacy. 

Leaving this corridor visitors enter the breathtaking glass pavilion, which, earlier - upon entering the building - appears to be a dark box, but is in fact a beautiful space full of light and hope, with a commanding view of the sky, the harbor and Boston. The effect is quite dramatic, and very effective.

All photographs copyright 2008, 2013 Anthony J. Clark. All rights reserved.

I am speechless as to what happened to my city today. I am both sad and angry that someone would ever do such a thing. I am so thankful that myself, family, and friends are safe and my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. Just yesterday I was working and serving many people that ran today and can’t imagine what being in the city would have been like today. So thankful for the amazing police and fire departments we have, as well as the EMTs and hospitals, for the quick response today. Boston is my home, I love this city and that will never change.