As the nation remembers John F. Kennedy today on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, the Penn Museum Archives looks back to an exhibition of the late president’s library. From June 9 to 12, 1964, the Penn Museum hosted a collection of JFK’s doodles, writings, papers, furniture (including his famous rocking chair), photographs, and other mementos as part of a twenty three city exhibition. Attendance for the stop in Philadelphia was extraordinary: lines wrapped along outside of the museum with throngs of visitors waiting to glimpse a peak into the life of a beloved president. Many of the objects inside the exhibition were eventually accessioned as part of the collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
Archives Photo of the Week: Remembering John F. Kennedy
By: Eric Schnittke
November 22, 2013