Friday, August 26, 2011

John F. Kennedy



John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

JFK sites that I have visited:

 JFK birthplace, boyhood home, church and parents gravesite Brookline, Mass.
                                          
 JFK Library / Museum Boston, Mass.
                                           
JFK assassination site Dallas, TX
                                           
JFK gravesite. Arlinton National Cemetery Arlington, VA



John F. Kennedy was born here in Brookline, Mass. in 1917. Brookline was a suburb of Boston. His father Joe Kennedy was just starting to earn his wealth and his small family lived here the first few years where his first 4 of 9 children would be born.



This is the house in which President John F. Kennedy was born. After his assassination his mother, Rose Kennedy bought the house and fixed it up to her recollection of how it looked when her young family lived there 50 years earlier. She then presented it as a museum to the National Park Service. Making it the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site


A picture of the birthplace painted green, as it looked when JFK was born. Rose Kennedy had the house painted gray before she handed it to the National Park Service. In 2012 they painted it gray to respect the wishes of the Presidents mother.


This historic marker was placed in front of the house after JFK's Inaguration in 1961.





Living area inside the house



Nursery


Next to the room in which President Kennedy was born, He was born in the bed closest to the window


The Kennedy family didn't spend much time in the kitchen since they had hired help do all the cooking and cleaning. However as a kid, the future President was allowed to spend time in here talking with the "help". Since he was such a sick kid, and usually wasn't healthy enough to play with the other kids.


JFK's second home. Just a few blocks away from his birthplace in Brookline, Mass., a suburb of Boston. A few more of the Kennedy kids were born here, including future Senator and Attorney General Bobby Kennedy.


Another view of JFK's second home.


An older photo of JFKs 2nd house, without overgrown trees blocking it


The former St. Aidan's Catholic Church in Brookline, Mass. Also just afew blocks from the JFK birthplace. This is the place that the young Kennedy family attended services and the future President was Baptised. The building has been converted into condo's.


Elsewhere in Brookline, Mass. is the Kennedy family gravesite. Whereas the more well known Kennedy's (John, Jackie, Bobby and Teddy) are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Some of the other Kennedy's are buried here at Holyhood Cemetery, including JFK's parents Joe and Rose, sister Rosemary, 2 of Bobby's sons and 2 of Teddy's kids.


 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Mass.











This is one of the cooler things that they had here. They actual equipment used during the Kennedy - Nixon debate of 1960.


I had to get a picture with it.





JFK Oval Office





I think that every Presidential Library that I've been to has a piece of the Berline Wall there.


Chairs used by Kennedy and Khrushchev during peace talks





One of the boats that the Kennedy's use near their Hyannisport home.



Dallas, TX. Site of the Kennedy assassination

School book depository in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy here from the building as Kennedy was riding past in the car.



 The white marble pedestal in the center of the picture was where the Zubruder film was filmed from.


This picture is taken from the pedestal in which the famous Zubruder film was filmed. From there I am looking over to the fence in which it is speculated that the fatal shot came from behind the grassy knoll.


Taken from the same spot as the Zubruder film. I am zooming in on the X that marks the spot of the first shot that hit the President through the throat.



The X on the road marks the spot of the fatal shot. I had to be quick about this since traffic is continuous.


It is kind of a surreal feeling to visit Dealey Plaza in Dallas. We've all seen the Zubruder film of the assassination. So even though you may have never been there before. It is a framiliar atmosphere.



Eternal flame and headstone at JFK gravesite






Me at Kennedy's gravesite in June 2010



Khloe and I at Kennedy's grave in July 2016, in the rain.




The JFK gravesite is probably the most visited of any President. I have now visisted all 38 Presidential gravesites. And I have only had to wait my turn when visiting 5 of them. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan.

The actual accomplishments of the Kennedy Administration aren't much. You could say that he led us through the Cuban Missile Crisis. But you could also say that his weakness got us into the crisis to begin with.

He was our youngest elected President, and first President born in the 20th century. One thing is for sure, his assassination changed the course of history, and it is interesting to speculate how things may of been different if he hadn't been killed.

5 comments:

  1. What year did you visit the JFK birthplace? I've never seen the exterior painted any color but green.

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  2. Just a few months ago, September , 2013. I was surprised to since most of the pictures that I had seen, the house was painted green. They said that the house was painted green when the Kennedy's lived there. But for whatever reason, Rose Kennedy had it painted gray before she handed it over to the National Park Service.

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  3. That's confusing. That's a recent paint job then. I went there in 2010 and 2011 on JFK's birthday both times, and the house was green. Look at my pictures, about halfway down under J, and the house is green.

    http://kurtshistoricsites.com/Presidential_Places.html

    So it was green, then grey, then back to the historically accurate green, and back to grey just recently? Odd. Why on Earth would they paint it back to the color it was not back in 1917?

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  4. I thought the same thing. After skimming over some other sites I follow, it seems that the house was painted somewhere between July and October 2012. They said that they painted it gray again to honor the wishes of Rose Kennedy, since she had it painted gray. Personally I think it's more important to stick with the more authentic green.

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