JFK 100—Milestones & Mementos

Centennial Exhibition to Open May 26, 2017

JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos is the title of a new exhibition commemorating President Kennedy’s centenary. Featuring a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections, the exhibition will chronicle historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life. Highlights of the exhibition include family items from his childhood and adolescence; a flag from PT 109 (the boat commanded by JFK during World War II); items relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and notes jotted down by the President in preparation of his landmark address to the nation on civil rights. Several items have never before been displayed, including some of JFK’s personal belongings, such as his sunglasses, several of his neckties, and gifts from his young children. The stories revealed in these materials complement the stories presented in the permanent galleries of the museum. Cumulatively, this special exhibition reflects the arc of President Kennedy’s life—the challenges, burdens, and opportunities of his life and times—as well as the sweep of history over the last century. The exhibition is slated to run through May 2018.

Items featured in the exhibition include the following:

  • Rose Kennedy’s card file, recording the medical events in the early lives of JFK and his 8 siblings;
  • Scrapbook compiled by JFK as a high school student while attending Choate, 1934-35;
  • Logbooks from PT 109 and PT 59, patrol torpedo boats commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy during World War II;
  • 1951 Travel Journal from Congressman John F. Kennedy’s trip to the Middle and Far East;
  • Suitcase used by JFK while on the road campaigning in 1960;
  • President Kennedy’s Cabinet Room chair;
  • President Kennedy’s Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, 1961;
  • Selection of JFK’s neckties;
  • President Kennedy’s handwritten notes in preparation for his 1963 address to the nation on civil rights;
  • President Kennedy’s undelivered remarks prepared for the Dallas Trade Mart, November 22, 1963.
Health records of the Kennedy children President Kennedy's Cabinet Room chair FK’s sunglasses, cuff links, tie clip and necktie


JFK100: Milestones and Mementos is generously supported by the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.