Presidential Libraries

#JFK100 Social Media Day


Join us for #JFK100 Social Media Day on Tuesday, May 23!

Archives, museums, and cultural organizations will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. Learn about the life, Presidency, and legacy of JFK through social media activities hosted by the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) community.

Experts will be on hand to talk about the impact of President Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and the Kennedy White House. Whether your interests are in science and innovation, arts and culture, public service, civil rights, or peace and diplomacy, there will be so much for you to explore!

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time: All Day

Where: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and more 

How it works: Follow the hashtag #JFK100 to join in the conversations or use the hashtag to share photos, history, memories about JFK!


Note: All times are ET


Arts and Culture in the Kennedy White House

JFK Presidential Library and Museum
10-10:30 am
President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy made the arts part of their life in the White House. Explore the cultural renaissance of the Kennedy White House through a Q&A with JFK Library archivists!



National Endowment for the Humanities
11 am -12 pm
Explore National Endowment for the Humanities projects and programs that preserve and share the life of JFK and his lasting legacy on the country.


JFK and the Space Program

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
11:15 am
Live Periscope with Air and Space Museum Curator Michael Neufeld on John F. Kennedy’s lasting impact on the U.S. Space Program.


Chat with Curator Claire Jerry on her favorite JFK objects and stories

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
11:30 am - 12:10 pm 
Curator Claire Jerry will answer questions about the museum’s JFK collections, highlight a few of her favorite objects, and tell the JFK stories she finds most compelling. Ask her about JFK’s presidential campaign!


Chat with Smithsonian food history experts about the Kennedy family’s influence on American food 

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
12:10 - 12:40 pm
Curator Paula Johnson and Project Assistant Jessica Carbone of the American Food History Project share favorite facts, stories, and objects about how the Kennedy family influenced the food of the 1960s. The Kennedys brought a love of French culture to the White House in 1961, the same year that Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published. Get your questions ready!


JFK and Public Service

JFK Presidential Library and Museum
2-2:30 pm
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Archivists from the JFK Library will answer questions and share interesting documents related to JFK’s commitment to public service.


President Kennedy on the Arts

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
All day
Throughout the day, the Kennedy Center features quotes from speeches in which President Kennedy spoke of his vision for America's cultural life. We’ll also share a curated selection of articles from, a special microsite dedicated to spotlighting connections between artistic programming and President Kennedy’s enduring ideals.


John F. Kennedy Recordings

Miller Center, University of Virginia
All day
Listen to the voice of John F. Kennedy through recordings from the White House. Among the featured recordings will be JFK’s summary of a meeting on October 18, 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


JFK Collections for the Classroom

National Archives
All day
Explore primary sources sets related to JFK’s life and presidency on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents.


NASA and John F. Kennedy

NASA History Office
All Day
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. Join the NASA History Office to learn about President Kennedy and his legacy in space!


Photos and news from “Creating Camelot”

The Newseum
All day
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, the Newseum is bringing back for a limited time one of its most popular exhibits — “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” On Twitter, the Newseum will share photos, highlights, and quotes from the exhibit.


JFK inspired a generation to serve. What inspired you?

Peace Corps
All day
Join a conversation with the Peace Corps and returned Peace Corps Volunteers revealing their inspiration for pursuing public service.


JFK in the Presidential Libraries

Presidential Libraries of the National Archives
All day
Can you recognize that future President shaking hands with JFK? Which First Lady wrote a letter to JFK after watching his televised debate? The Presidential Libraries will share photos and documents featuring John F. Kennedy with future and former Presidents and First Ladies.


John F. Kennedy and Science

Smithsonian Archives
All day
Learn about  JFK’s Kennedy’s science advisor in the White House and discover photos of President Kennedy at the National Academy of Science and Science Talent Search awards.


Images of John F. Kennedy

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Since its creation by an Act of Congress in 1962, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has collected portraits of American Presidents. It holds the only national collection of Presidential portraits outside the White House. Learn the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of John F. Kennedy portraits.


Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC)

Curious about how people in history are connected to each other? SNAC will share resources and connections that highlight the social networks and archival context of records related to John F. Kennedy!


Instagram Takeover: Photography in Kennedy’s presidency

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
1-3 pm
Curator Shannon Perich will share her favorite photos from Richard Avedon’s pre-inauguration photo session with JFK and his family. Some of Avedon’s photos will be on display in the museum starting May 25, 2017, but you can learn more about the stories behind the photos over on Instagram.


President Kennedy’s Living Memorial

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
All the day
Throughout the month of May, the Kennedy Center is encouraging its followers to post photos of the Kennedy Center illuminated in honor of President Kennedy’s Centennial. Throughout the day, we'll share some highlights paired with our favorites quotes by President Kennedy on the subject of the arts.


Instagram Takeover: Museum Curators at the JFK Library

JFK Presidential Library and Museum
All day
JFK Library curators will bring you behind the scenes as they install the “JFK 100 – Milestones and Mementos” exhibit, which opens on Friday, May 26.


“We Choose the Moon”

National Archives
All day
Don’t miss a day devoted to John F. Kennedy and space! In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.


“Creating Camelot” -- The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

All day
Images from the “Creating Camelot” exhibit featuring the intimate photography of Jacques Lowe, which had been traveling around the country, but will be returning to the Newseum in July.


JFK inspired a generation to serve. What inspired you?

Peace Corps
All day
Join a conversation with the Peace Corps and returned Peace Corps Volunteers revealing their inspiration for pursuing public service.


JFK in the Smithsonian Archives

Smithsonian Archives
All day
Discover images of JFK in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives.


Portraits of JFK

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Images of John F. Kennedy from the collections.


Facebook Live -- The impact of Rose Kennedy

Miller Center
Interview program with Dr. Barbara Perry, our Kennedy scholar, on the impact of JFK’s mother, Rose Kennedy, on his political life.


Facebook Live -- The Making of an Emmy® Award-Winning JFK Documentary

American Experience, PBS
6 pm
How does a journalist get a clear-eyed view of a president who has been so celebrated? Join American Experience for a Facebook Live discussion with Susan Bellows, director and producer of the Emmy® Award-winning documentary JFK. Bellows will discuss her filmmaking process and how she worked to go beyond the myth to tell the story of the real man, and she’ll take your questions!


Facebook Live from Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
6 pm
Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present a concert of select classical works in celebration of the Center's Centennial Week.


Celebrating the Centennial of John F. Kennedy

Catch highlights from the “Celebrating the Centennial of John F. Kennedy” program featuring leading historians on the life of JFK.


John F. Kennedy in History

National Archives
Discover JFK history from the holdings of the National Archives.


Do You Know Jack?

Brush up on your JFK trivia skills and learn fun facts and cool history with these short and informative videos!


Restoring the Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

The Newseum's "Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe" features intimate, behind-the-scenes images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John. Lowe was 28 when he met the Kennedys in 1958 and was hired as the family's personal photographer. Lowe's photos span from Kennedy's 1958 U.S. Senate re-election campaign through his early years in the White House. The iconic images helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as Camelot. Watch Restoring the Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.


Historic footage of JFK discussing the Peace Corps

Discover videos from the Peace Corps archives:

Elsewhere on the Web

Interactive Map: Where in the World is JFK?

JFK Library
President Kennedy’s name lives on in hundreds of schools, streets, parks, and centers that memorialize him across the globe. We need your help filling in this map to illustrate President Kennedy’s influence around world. Add new locations or upload a photograph of yourself at an existing location!

JFK Transcription Mission

National Archives
Calling all Citizen Archivists! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy by transcribing records relating to the 35th president.

Face to Face: A blog from the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Looking back at the life and legacy of JFK after 100 years.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Blog

Smithsonian Archives
Learn about the 1963 Smithsonian exhibition featuring an Anacostia artist who created sculptures from the doodles President Kennedy drew in his notes.

In-Person Activities

JFK Library -- Boston, MA

Exhibit: JFK 100: Milestones and Mementos

Featuring a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections, the exhibition will chronicle historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life. Highlights of the exhibition include family items from his childhood and adolescence; a flag from PT 109 (the boat commanded by JFK during World War II); items relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and notes jotted down by the President in preparation of his landmark address to the nation on civil rights. Several items have never before been displayed, including some of JFK’s personal belongings, such as his sunglasses, several of his neckties, and gifts from his young children. The stories revealed in these materials complement the stories presented in the permanent galleries of the museum. Cumulatively, this special exhibition reflects the arc of President Kennedy’s life—the challenges, burdens, and opportunities of his life and times—as well as the sweep of history over the last century. The exhibition is slated to run through May 2018.


National Archives -- Washington, DC

Exhibit: “Advancing Peace and Understanding: President Kennedy Creates the Peace Corps” will be on display in the Public Vaults gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.


Screening: “American Experience: JFK, Part One” (2013)

May 24, 12pm, William G. McGowan Theater

First aired in November of 2013, JFK weaves archival film and photographs with contemporary interviews to present a portrait of an enigmatic man who remains one of the nation’s most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. Part one chronicles JFK’s childhood, the World War II years, and his rise up the political ranks. (120 minutes)

Screening: “American Experience: JFK, Part Two” (2013)

May 24, 12pm, William G. McGowan Theater

Part two of JFK follows Kennedy into the White House, where his administration immediately faces challenges--the spread of communism abroad and continuing Cold War fears, and on the domestic front, the struggle to protect and ensure Civil Rights. (120 minutes)

Celebrate #JFK100 Throughout 2017

#JFK100 on @USNatArchives Instagram

Through December, 2017
Join us for a weekly series all about John F. Kennedy on @USNatArchives Instagram. Each month will feature a different theme including: Ask What You Can Do; Innovation; JFK and the World; Arts, Culture, and Jacqueline Kennedy; and Children in the White House. Share your favorite photos and tag #JFK100.


Do You Know Jack?

JFK Library on YouTube
Weekly videos on Fridays!


#JFK100 Snapchat Filters

May 26: JFK @ Fenway
May 27: Peace Corps event
May 28: Space
May 29: Birthday