About the Exhibit

President and Mrs. Kennedy celebrated American history, culture, and achievement on social and diplomatic occasions. They brought an innovative spirit to ceremonial and state events, enhancing the role of the arts in national life. Artifacts and documents on display in this gallery feature the seating charts, place settings, invitations, programs and the outfit worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to the White House dinner or state visit events.

From the earliest moments of his Presidency, with more that 150 artists, writers, and poets invited to his inauguration, JFK signaled that the arts would hold a central place in the public life of his administration. Over the next three years, White House events and receptions hosted by President and Mrs. Kennedy celebrated and showcased the highest in American cultural achievement. The President and Mrs. Kennedy hosted visits from foreign dignitaries and heads of state from countries all over the world.


Exhibit Highlights

 Grey Suit

View Ceremonial and State Events Slideshow