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John F. Kennedy Photo Exhibit on Display at City Hall from October 12 through November 17

John F. Kennedy Photo Exhibit on Display at City Hall from October 12 through November 17

A new photo exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory will be on display at Quincy City Hall October 12 – November 17, 2018. The exhibition, one of the most extensively research collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture public and private moments from the Kennedy’s life. Some of the photos on display are iconic; others have never before been published.

“It is an honor for our City of Presidents to welcome such a remarkable collection of images of such an iconic president and family deeply rooted in our local area history,” shared Mayor Thomas P. Koch.

Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy – from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Lisl Steiner, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Ted Spiegel Jacques Lowe, Lawrence Schiller, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960’s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. The exhibition was recently on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and will travel extensively across the U.S. in the coming years.

“John F. Kennedy is still seen as a symbol around the world, representing and espousing the best and most universal elements of the American character,” said Stephen Kennedy Smith, Kennedy’s nephew. “It is our hope that the compelling images of President Kennedy’s life and work on view in this exhibit will remind visitors not only of the values that defined his presidency, but also will introduce him to new audiences and future leaders.”

The self-guided exhibition of 77 images is free of charge and can be enjoyed Mondays – Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursdays & Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. & Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parking will be available at Presidents Place located at 1250 Hancock St. & the Ross Parking Lot located at 86 Parkingway.

To view the flyer for the exhibit, please click here