Inside the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts ©Author Adventures

President John F. Kennedy is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles In Courage, which we recommend for grades 8 and up. Each chapter features the story of a different congressman and the courage applied to extreme situations, self-sacrificially and for the greater good of the nation. Kennedy remains the only president to win a Pulitzer Prize. (Visit our X-ultations page for information about the Pulitzer and other types of literary prizes.)

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, in the large metropolis of Boston, is a stylish step back in time with its modern architecture and ocean view. Visitors sit and watch films about JFK’s career, see family photos and learn about important people during his administration.

This presidential library was built in 1979. According to its website, “Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.”

Read at least his first State of the Union Address before you visit, just to have a little background on what was happening in the country then. We found it at www.archives.gov.

Also read the poem Kennedy read at its opening here: https://www.jfklibrary.org/about-us/kennedy-library-fast-facts/poem-read-at-dedication.

Mementos of his First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, are on display too. We enjoyed reading essays she wrote as a young girl, the opportunity to peek in her closet, view her famous hats and purse up close and admire her elegant taste.

Due to Kennedy’s emphasis on space exploration, the Library also exhibits moon rocks thought to be billions of years old, according to its website.

The Presidential Seal is ready for your own photo opportunity.

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The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the second stop Massachusetts Trail Part 1!

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