John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who, through the art of politics, seek a new and better world. Our mission is to preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy and his times -- and engages with citizens of all ages and nationalities through JFK's life story and the ideals he championed.

We achieve our mission and live out our values by pursuing the following key priorities:

   •  Maintain the safety and preservation of the collections, our building, and the people who work and visit here.

   •  Provide access to our historical materials and to our museum and programming:
        •  to researchers in the reference room and through the website and digital archives;
        •  to museum visitors through our exhibits, store, and facility rentals;
        •  to students, teachers, and the general public through our educational programs.

   •  Serve as the nation's memorial to President Kennedy -- sharing the story of his life, times, and legacy.

Students and scholars can arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th-century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.

Legacy Stories from the Americans All Heritage Honor Roll

We are pleased to host and share these legacy stories created by honorees’ family, friends and associates. They, like us, appreciate that heritage and culture are an integral part of our nation's social fabric and want to help students participate effectively in our nation's economy, workforce and democracy.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum [Courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum] (c.1939 - ?) Library

The Presidential Library system formally began in 1939 when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the Federal Government. At the same time, President Roosevelt pledged part of his estate at Hyde Park to the United States, and friends of the President formed a private, non-profit corporation to raise funds for the construction of the library and museum building.

Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963) War Hero, Member of Congress, President of the U.S.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named in honor of his mother Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the Boston Mayor popularly known as Honey Fitz. Before long, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby, Jack. He was not a very healthy baby, and Rose recorded on his notecard [which she kept for each child] the childhood diseases from which he suffered, such as: "whooping cough, measles, chicken pox."

Honorable Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum] (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968) U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator

Robert Francis Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, Massachusetts, the seventh child in the closely knit and competitive family of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy. "I was the seventh of nine children," he later recalled, "and when you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive."

Honorable Edward Moore "Teddy" Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009) U.S. Senator

Edward M. Kennedy, born February 22, 1932, to Joseph Patrick and Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy in Boston, MA., was, at his death, the third longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate in American history, having been elected to the Senate nine times. He called health care “the cause of my life,” and succeeded in bringing quality and affordable health care for countless Americans, including children, seniors and Americans with disabilities.

Honorable Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Sr. [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (September 6, 1888 - November 18, 1969) Entrepreneur and U.S. Ambassador

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 6, 1888, Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the son of Mary Hickey and Patrick Joseph Kennedy, an important figure in the Irish community of Boston. Joseph grew up in East Boston and attended Catholic schools until the eighth grade when he was enrolled in Boston Latin School, a college prep academy in the Boston Public School system. Despite an aptitude for mathematics, his academic record was mediocre at best.

Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Presidential Years [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963) War Hero, Member of Congress, President of the U.S.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK was an American War hero, served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House and Senate and then elected as the 35th president of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He was the author of three books, A Nation of Immigrants, Profiles in Courage and Why England Slept.