Superman Exhibit

Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy

In 1963, DC Comics, the publisher of Superman, collaborated with the Kennedy White House to create a story promoting the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In the story, JFK calls upon Superman to inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger. In December 2013, just one month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics donated the drawings to the Kennedy Library. They are displayed here for the first time until September 1st, 2014.

John  F. Kennedy, Jr., age 3, stands outside St. Matthew’s Cathedral and salutes his father’s casket, November 25, 1963 Photograph by Stan Stearns © Bettmann/CORBIS

A Nation Remembers

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.  President Kennedy’s funeral and procession to Arlington National Cemetery were filled with the solemn pomp and pageantry befitting an epic tragedy.  If the vile act of the assassination shook the nation, the beauty and decorum of the state funeral steadied it.

President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy confer on the White House West Wing Colonnade, 03 October 1962.

To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives are proud to present a special new exhibit marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis - the thirteen days the world teetered on the brink of thermonuclear war.


In Her Voice: Jacqueline Kennedy, The White House Years

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present a new exhibit highlighting Mrs. Kennedy's 1964 oral history interview. Sealed for 47 years and published in September 2011, it is a series of wide-ranging conversations with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in which Mrs. Kennedy reveals her thoughts and impressions on topics spanning John F. Kennedy's early campaigns to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The conversations cover Mrs. Kennedy's impressions of world leaders and events, her role as First Lady, and her life as a wife and mother living inside the White House.

In the exhibit, excerpts from these conversations are presented alongside the objects, documents, and photographs that chronicle the events Mrs. Kennedy describes. This unique presentation, joining iconic treasures from the Kennedy Library with the words of Mrs. Kennedy, sheds new light both on the great events and personalities of the 20th century, as well as on the extraordinary sensibilities of the woman describing them.

Launch of the Mercury MR-3 Space Capsule Freedom 7

Freedom 7 Space Capsule

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present a special new installation featuring Freedom 7, the iconic space capsule that U.S. Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. piloted on the first American manned flight into space.