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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

JFK Library & Museum Announces Plans to Celebrate Centenary of President Kennedy's Birth in May 2017

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has announced a year-long celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy. Born in BrooklineMassachusetts on May 29, 1917, President Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected to office. 

To commemorate his centennial year, the JFK Library is spearheading JFK 100, a series of events and initiatives aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning and inspiration in the enduring American values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency.

“President Kennedy inspired a generation that transformed America – and they in turn passed that inspiration on to their children and grandchildren,” said Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson. “Now, as we mark the Centennial of my grandfather’s birth, we renew his call for service, courage, innovation, and inclusion, and help a new generation use his example to embrace the challenges of our time.”

"As a teenager, I remember hearing JFK's clarion call to service -- a call that inspired me to enlist in the Navy, serve in Vietnam, and continue a career in public service,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “I am honored that the National Archives is a lead partner in this centennial celebration, with a featured original document display and special programming year long. Working together, we can share JFK's riveting vision with a new generation."

Find out more about the Kennedy family and their Irish connections here. 

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