Press Releases

Foundation Executive Director Steven Rothstein to Step Down, Deputy Director Rachel Flor Named New Executive Director

October 24, 2019

Boston, Mass – The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that after a three-year tenure marked by record fundraising, successful high-profile events including President Kennedy’s Centennial and the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Steven M. Rothstein has decided to step down from his position as executive director of the Foundation at the end of the year. Deputy Director Rachel Flor was chosen by the Foundation’s Board to be the new executive director. She will begin transitioning into the role in November to assume full responsibilities in January 2020.  

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JFK Library Launches AR Recreation of Apollo 11 Mission in Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

June 17, 2019

Boston MA – The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library today announced the release of JFK Moonshot, an immersive, augmented reality experience that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and President Kennedy’s vision that launched the effort. Created by Digitas, The Connected Marketing Agency, and sponsored by Raytheon, JFK Moonshot features the first-ever full-scale augmented reality simulation of the Saturn V Rocket launch and will take users on the five-day journey from the Earth to the Moon.

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Jeff Bezos and Michael Collins to Join Caroline Kennedy for Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing at JFK Library

May 23, 2019

Boston MA – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and President Kennedy’s vision that launched the effort, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, today announced that Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module pilot Michael Collins and Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos will take part in a daylong symposium on June 19at the JFK Library. The JFK Space Summit will highlight the history that led to the first Moon landing, current scientific and technological space initiatives, and the future of space exploration. 

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Receive the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

April 7, 2019

Boston MA – The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will receive the 2019 Profile in Courage Award. She will be recognized for putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history.

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Breakout Novelist Tommy Orange Wins $25,000 PEN/Hemingway Award for "There There"

March 19, 2019

NEW YORK, NY—Critically-acclaimed debut author Tommy Orangeis the winner of the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award for his novelThere There (Knopf), PEN America announced today. Honoring a distinguished first novel, Tommy Orange will receive $25,000 underwritten by the Hemingway Family and the Hemingway Foundation, as well as a month-long Residency Fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers, valued at $10,000.

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Raytheon to partner with JFK Library Foundation in celebration of technological vision and leadership and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

February 6, 2019

BOSTON, Mass., (Feb. 6, 2019) -- President John F. Kennedy established a vision of technical achievement and jump started decades of scientific advancement unprecedented in our nation’s history with these words. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has provided $1.5 million for educational initiatives.

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March for Our Lives Activists and Stockton, California Mayor to Receive John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards

February 5, 2019

Boston, MA – March For Our Lives organizers Edna Chavez, Ryan Deitsch, David Hogg, and Tyah Robertswill receive the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for their work to galvanize support and drive public advocacy for substantive changes to gun safety laws following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor ever to lead a city of more than 100,000 residents, will also be honored with the New Frontier Award for his innovative efforts to increase college enrollment and graduation rates, alleviate poverty, and reduce violence in the city. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, during a ceremony on February 8 at 6:00pm at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

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