JFK Centennial (1917-2017)

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Schedule of Events 


May 19 –John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site opens for the season
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site will be open Wednesday – Sunday from 9:30 PM to 5:00 PM through October for guided tours and open house viewings. This may change to open daily from 9:30 PM to 5:00 PM through October if funding and staffing allow.  Check for updates and the full schedule at www.nps.gov/jofi.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

May 22 – Screening of PT-109
JFK’s heroic actions during WWII brought to the big screen in this 1963 film starring Cliff Robertson. 
7:00 PM, Coolidge Corner Theatre

May 26 – “What JFK Means to Me” Ceremony
The culmination of a collaborative program with third grade students from the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, this ceremony celebrates student-written poetry and the winners of a student essay contest.
10:00 AM, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

May 29 – JFK Centennial Celebration 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site’s celebration will include speeches, music by Brookline Music School, birthday cake, commemorative postal service cancellations and cachets, and more.
1:00-2:00 PM, Special guests read selections of JFK’s speeches
2:00-3:00 PM, Ceremony with guest speakers
9:30-5:00 PM, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

May 29 – Brookline Memorial Day Ceremony
Procession from VFW Post to Town Hall, 10:45 AM; Ceremony at 11:00 AM, War Memorial by Town Hall

May 29 – 1960s Sock Hop
Celebrate JFK’s birthday with an evening dance party to music and party food of the 1960s.
7:00-10:00 PM, Brookline High School, Schluntz Gymnasium, Brookline. Click here for ticket pricing, to purchase tickets, and more information.

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May 29 – Screening of Apollo 13
1995 Oscar-winning film stars Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon as astronauts fighting for survival.
7:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre

More events in May
Debut of new visitor center film at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
“Dine Like a Kennedy: Cuisine of JFK from Childhood to the White House,” featured on the May menu of The Fireplace restaurant in Brookline by owner and JFK 100 in Brookline community partner Jim Solomon.

June 7 – Kennedy and King Book Event
Event for release of Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights, by Steven Levingston.
7:00 PM, Brookline Booksmith

July 22 – Rose Kennedy Birthday Celebration
Backyard talks and cake in honor of Rose Kennedy’s birthday.
9:30 AM-5:00 PM, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

November 22 – JFK Remembered 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site will be open for the day. At 2:00 PM, a wreath-laying ceremony will commemorate the life and legacy of JFK. 
10:00 AM-4:00 PM, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

Links


JFK Library
JFK Library Centennial Website
Brookline's JFK Memorial
Brookline Veterans' Services
Kennedy Birthplace, National Park Service

Media


JFK National Historic Site to Celebrate Centennial Birthday (Brookline TAB)
JFK Library Announces Celebration to Mark Centennial of John F. Kennedy's Birth (JFK Library)

Contact

For questions, additional information and volunteer opportunities please contact:
Evan Lehrer, Brookline Planning and Community Development.

Thank you to the JFK*100 Celebration Committee!

Selectman Nancy Heller 
Hon. Nancy Gertner and John Reinstein
Jim Solomon
Chobee Hoy
Betsy DeWitt