I attended the forum celebrating the relationship between the Kennedy White House and American composer Leonard Bernstein. It was very interesting! I had forgotten that plans for the National Cultural Center (which became the Kennedy Center) started under Eisenhower. Also, did you know that Yo-Yo Ma performed for President Kennedy when he was just 7 years old? This performance took place at a fundraiser for the National Cultural Center in '62. In fact, Yo-Yo Ma, age 7, had already met Pablo Casals who introduced him to Kennedy. Also present at the arts fundraising event were: Harry Belafonte, Robert Frost, Marian Anderson, and Leonard Bernstein as emcee. This could be a way to work in Pablo Casals' photograph into the larger arts initiative. For those of you who are interested, I'm posting a few links here about Bernstein. The forum consisted of a talk given by a music professor and a concert. The talk will be posted on our forums page soon.
Leonard Bernstein : Oral History for the Kennedy Library
You'll notice in Bernstein's introduction for Yo-yo Ma, he talks about "foreign artists coming to join "us," a comment that would not sit well with us today. It's definitely a speech of the times, but heartfelt just the same.
Ivory Coast Exhibit (things I learned this week from Stacey the Curator)
Obviously you have no time to say all these things on the tour. This is context for you.
When newly sworn-in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took the oath of office this week, eagle-eyed regulars of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston may have recognized something familiar.
Specifically, a 168-year-old book.
Murphy, who cites Robert and John F. Kennedy as his heroes, used the same leather-bound Bible Tuesday that the then-43-year-old president used during his inauguration in 1961. The Fitzgerald family Bible, which dates back to 1850, was brought from Ireland to the United States by Kennedy’s ancestors and contains more than a century of the family’s handwritten notes.
It was later gifted by the family to the JFK Library, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). See link to full story above.
I hope you're having a good 2018 so far and are looking forward to returning to the Library in February. If you haven't already, please review the February schedule. The names you probably don't recognize are the new docents!
Exciting Exhibit Updates!
Restrooms on the lobby level across from the Store are currently closed. Visitors and you can use the restrooms near the classroom, Convention and RFK's office. Restrooms will re-open in approximately March 30.
Docent Picture Directory for Internal Use Only
I am creating a pictorial directory of our docents for the front desk staff. Please send me, if you would, a photograph of yourself. If you have a facebook or linked-in profile picture that would be good. Alternatively I can take your picture next time I see you. This will be tough for weekenders. Directory will include your name and your regular shift. No personal contact info.
March 13 OR 15 -- still TBD. Volunteer Appreciation Night
Forum TBD -- brochure is in the works
Tomorrow, Jan. 26, 1:00-3:00 Presidents' Day crafts prep. Classroom.
Feb. 2 1:00-3:00, Crafts prep part dieux, Classroom.
Feb.19 Presidents' Day -- email to sign up if you haven't already and are interested. Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Grant, Madison and their complementary crafts -- quite the presidential party it will be!
These VIP/groups are open:
Sun., March 4, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. -- FILLED.
German Marshall Fund
Really interesting nonprofit group. They come here every year. This group includes a person who is deaf and thus will have an ASL interpreter or two. I can give you tips for working with an interpreter. It's pretty easy.
Count: 7 people
Wed., March 7, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leadership for the 60s
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. - 11:30/12:00 -- FILLED
Clinton Library docents
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Words and Deeds program requested
Grace Valley Christian Academy in Davis, CA
Only 16 students
More school group dates coming in separate email.
I am also hoping to schedule a field trip/enrichment opportunity/ies for the spring. Stay tuned.
Docent Website: jfkdocents.weebly com, Password:Kennedy
I am only using Volgistics for myself starting now. If you don't know what I'm talking about don't worry about it. It has too many bugs to be useful for you all.
I will send out shift openings, school groups, etc. via email roughly on a monthly basis. You can sign up via good old email to me. Technology: can't live with it, can't live without it, right?
Taken from your Oct. 23 Newsletter (sent via email)
No doubt your neighbors and friends are asking you about the big "documents drop" happening this week, or you've seen it in the news. There's a lot of hype around it but here are the facts: The JFK Library doesn't have much to do with these documents because they are all in DC and managed by NARA. Following the passage of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, records related to President Kennedy's assassination were transferred to the National Archives in College Park, MD. Researchers interested in the October 26, 2017 release of documents from the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection should contact the National Archives at College Park. If you're interested in the overall processing project you can see this helpful site:
https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/processing-project. These documents are said not to contain anything earth-shattering despite the build-up. Included in the topics is a trip Lee Harvey Oswald took to Mexico, prior to Nov. 22, 1963.
Listen to historian Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life, on the release of the papers:
I watched this forum and skimmed through the book as I'm dusting off docent training materials for September. One of the takeaways is that The Making of a President by Theodore White is one interpretation of what happened during the Campaign. There's still more archival material to dig through and still unanswered questions. White views the campaign as a narrative with a clear trajectory. Oliphant and Wilkie (authors of the Five-Year Campaign) see it as a series of milestones with highs and lows that maybe weren't as pre-planned as we thought. I'm curious what you all think.
I found this on youtube while researching a visitor's question. Thought I'd share.