As part of the “JFK 100 Centennial Celebration,” the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is spearheading a series of events and initiatives across the nation aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning in the enduring values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency—courage, freedom, justice, service and gratitude. In Washington, DC, the Smithsonian is part of a citywide celebration with other cultural organizations including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the White House Historical Association and the Newseum.
Join the conversation about the centennial celebrations at #JFK100. Information about centennial activities across the country is available online at jfkcentennial.org/events/.
This evening event celebrates JFK and the power of portraiture with activities and live music performances. ("John F. Kennedy" by Shirley Seltzer Cooper, 1961. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ted Cooper.)
Continue the Celebration of JFK’s legacy with an After Hours Birthday Party. Enjoy lighting talks, 1960s themed food and drink, objects out of storage and live music exploring the impact of the Kennedy era on today. Photo: Jackie and John F. Kennedy by Richard Avedon, mounted gelatin silver print, January 1961.
SAAM presents performances by The Washington Ballet and Liner Notes inspired by Kennedy’s legacy in the arts. Image credit: Senator Kennedy’s return home, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 1960. © Paul Schutzer (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)