Today, The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum announced the opening of a special exhibit called Cape Cod Remembers: November 22, 1963. Curated by co-founder Rebecca Pierce-Merrick, the exhibit commemorates the 60th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy. Using the local newspapers from November, 1963, visitors have the opportunity to read for themselves how President Kennedy’s death profoundly affected Cape Cod.
“His death shook the world, forever changed the country and devastated Cape Cod,” said Pierce-Merrick. “Cape Cod was the place President Kennedy truly called home,'' she said.
Museum guests will have access to the complete front-page stories from the Cape Cod Standard Times published from November 22 to November 29, 1963. The Cape Cod Times from November, 2013, reporting on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, is also featured. A memory book will be available for guests to share their thoughts and experiences.
“This special exhibit will remind us of the palpable fog of grief that settled over Cape Cod in 1963, and how truly special those Camelot days were,” said museum executive director Wendy Northcross. “We are grateful to the Town of Barnstable for a grant to help digitize these newspapers and to preserve these stories,” she said.
The exhibit is planned to run through December, 2023. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 PM until June 1st when the hours are extended to 5 PM for the summer. For tickets and a calendar of events, visit www.jfkhyannismuseum.org.
The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod.