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JFK Library Spotlights Family's Summers on Cape

Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy walks with a group of unidentified men and children across a lawn in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in this August 26, 1963 picture provided by White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The photo is part of a new display called "Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod" at the museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Picture taken August 26, 1963. REUTERS/Cecil Stoughton/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES
Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy walks with a group of unidentified men and children across a lawn in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in this August 26, 1963 picture.Cecil Stoughton/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/Handout via Reuters

BOSTON (AP) — Never-before-displayed artifacts from the Kennedy family’s summers on Cape Cod are now on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The library, located next to the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, opened a special exhibit Friday featuring the golf cart Kennedy used to get around the family’s Hyannis Port compound, among other items the museum has not previously showcased.

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The white cart, which has been restored but no longer is drivable, was featured on a cover shoot Kennedy did for Look magazine in 1962.

Former U.S. President Kennedy drives his nieces and nephews in a golf cart during a weekend at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in this September 3, 1962 picture provided by the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston. The photo is part of a new display called "Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod" at the The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Picture taken September 3, 1962. REUTERS/Robert Knudsen, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES
Former U.S. President Kennedy drives his nieces and nephews in a golf cart during a weekend at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in this September 3, 1962 picture.Robert Knudsen, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston/Handout via Reuters

Curator Stacey Bredhoff says the museum has not really focused on the Kennedys at their iconic summertime retreat.

‘‘It’s showing a side of him that we don’t really get to see in the museum,’’ she said. ‘‘He'd been coming here since a boy. It was here he really learned to love the sea, sailing, swimming and all the things that were so much a part of him.’’

Bredhoff said the exhibit takes the place of one that focused on the 50th anniversary of the president’s assassination in Dallas in November 1963.

The golf cart, she said, has always been a part of the museum collection, but it had been in storage.

‘‘It really wasn’t used for golf. It was really just for him zipping around the compound,’’ Bredhoff said. ‘‘You'd see him giving these really rollicking rides with 20 kids and they’re just hanging off of it, going up and down the hills, just for the fun of it.’’

There is also a toy sailboat presented to Kennedy during his state visit to Italy in 1963 by Italian President Antonio Segni as a gift for Kennedy’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard in 1999.

Some of the president’s golf equipment — including a club and a set of personalized ‘‘Mr. President’’ golf balls — are also on display.

One of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's personalized golf balls is pictured in this undated handout picture obtained by Reuters June 27, 2014. The ball is part of a new display called "Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod" at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. REUTERS/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY SPORT GOLF) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES
One of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's personalized golf balls. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/Handout via Reuters

And video footage from White House photographer Cecil Stoughton shows the Kennedy family relaxing on the Cape, from lunchtime cruises on their yacht to the president and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, playing with their children.

Outside the museum, in the grass overlooking Boston Harbor, is Kennedy’s favorite sailboat, Victura.

The exhibit, ‘‘Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod,’’ runs through Oct. 31.

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