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Jackie Kennedy's love for the Cape shown in exhibit

Posted by Paul Kandarian  August 16, 2012 08:01 AM

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One of the special places for Jackie Kennedy, wife of President John F. Kennedy, was the Cape, and a special summer exhibit, "Jackie Kennedy - Life on Cape Cod," is running through Sept. 30 at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. The exhibit includes rare photos, handwritten letters and other artifacts from the First Lady's time spent in Hyannis Port, and a special display chronicling her visit to India in March 1962. The exhibit opens with a LIFE Magazine cover article from 1953, entitled "Senator Kennedy Goes A-Courting," featuring a four-page spread of images that shows JFK and his fiancée, then Jacqueline Bouvier, frolicking on the Cape. yrightEstateofStanleyTretickLLC-IMG-38A-21-10135modified (Medium).jpg

Other images show her life on the Cape during her husband's presidency, photos taken by photographers such as Cecil Stoughton, Robert Knudsen, Jacques Lowe and Stanley Tretick. Other artifacts include hand-written notes from the First Lady, a painting she did, called "The White House Long Ago," and a leather-bound copy of "Profiles in Courage," written by her husband with an inscription by her.

Museum curator Rebecca Pierce-Merrick said while Jackie Kennedy was famous the world over, "it was here on the Cape she was able to simply enjoy carefree days with her family. This exhibit allows our visitors to see a glimpse of that Jackie."

The museum is located at 397 Main St., Hyannis, and admission is $8 for adults. For information, visit www.jfkhyannismuseum.org or call 508-790-3077. 


Photo from the estate of Stanley Tretick, taken summer 1964

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