High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy

Portrait of JFK taken in Seattle on the first day of Kennedy's presidential campaign.

March 25 – November 12, 2017

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Location:
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s short presidency was marked by great hope and promise but also tension and conflict. How he arrived in his position, the youngest president in history and the only Catholic to hold the office, is a story of both determination and privilege. The secondborn son of a political dynasty, Kennedy’s rise to power may be seen as inevitable but his ascension was hard fought as he battled against severe health problems and overcame his ailments to become a war hero then a U.S. Congressman and Senator and ultimately the leader of the free world.

While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy’s achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting millions of people today. This exhibition explores Kennedy’s early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better and in his legacy he continues to live on.

John F. Kennedy speaking in Portland, OR  11/9/1959. Photographer unknown. CN 012309 bb008209

John F. Kennedy speaking in Portland, OR 11/9/1959. Photographer unknown.
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"Listening Intently" 1959. CN 010930 bb002695

“Listening Intently” 1959.
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Senator John F. Kennedy speaks on disarmament in Eugene, part of 1960 Presidential campaign. 4/24/1960 Oregon Journal photograph. CN 012302 bb015437

Senator John F. Kennedy speaks on disarmament in Eugene, part of 1960 Presidential campaign. 4/24/1960
Oregon Journal photograph. CN 012302 bb015437 

John F. Kennedy, at the podium in Portland. Oregon Journal photo. CN 012310 bb015383

John F. Kennedy, at the podium in Portland.
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Kennedy with nuns at Marycrest High School. May, 1960. Sister Edmund on right, photographer CN 021687 bb008210

Kennedy with nuns at Marycrest High School. May, 1960. Sister Edmund on right, photographer
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Sen. John F. Kennedy shakes hands w/senior students at Marycrest High School during Oregon primary campaign. CN 021686 bb015433

Sen. John F. Kennedy shakes hands w/senior students at Marycrest High School during Oregon primary campaign.
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President Kennedy with LBJ, Edith Green and Marine Neuberger. CN 020534 bb006107

President Kennedy with LBJ, Edith Green and Marine Neuberger.
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Frank Sterrett, Sen. Maurine Neuberger and President John F. Kennedy at Tongue Point enroute to assess the Oregon Dunes.  Photo by Frank Sterrett for the Oregonian. 1961 Neuberger Family. OrHi 102862 ba001542

Frank Sterrett, Sen. Maurine Neuberger and President John F. Kennedy at Tongue Point enroute to assess the Oregon Dunes.
Photo by Frank Sterrett for the Oregonian. 1961 Neuberger Family. OrHi 102862 ba001542 

President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left; RN: LC-USZ62-133121

President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left.
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President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre; RN: LC-USZ62-133120
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre.
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The First Lady stars in TV White House tour; RN: Lc-USZ62-132947

The First Lady stars in TV White House tour.
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Late shoppers gather around TV set displayed in San Francisco store window to view President Kennedy’s nation-wide address, July 25, 1961. RN: LC-USZ62-133061

Late shoppers gather around TV set displayed in San Francisco store window to view President Kennedy’s nation-wide address, July 25, 1961.
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John F. Kennedy, on television, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, addressing the nation; RN: LC-USZ62-133059

John F. Kennedy, on television, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, addressing the nation.
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President John F Kennedy signing bill related to women's rights. OrHi 102853 bb015434

President John F Kennedy signing bill related to women's rights.
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Student and women for peace groups marching Pioneer Post Office. Oct. 25, 1962 no. 1922 OrHi 59873 bb006483

Student and women for peace groups marching Pioneer Post Office. Oct. 25, 1962
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President John F. Kennedy in received at Astoria airport, 9-28-1963. Frank Sterrett, The Oregonian. OrHi 13198 bb000827

President John F. Kennedy in received at Astoria airport, 9/28/1963.
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JFK with Harry Swanson in Astoria. Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 13200 bb015439

JFK with Harry Swanson in Astoria.
Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 13200 bb015439 

John F Kennedy and Edith Green next to airplane. Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 47017 bb015440

John F Kennedy and Edith Green next to airplane.
Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 47017 bb015440 

John F Kennedy and Edith Green next to airplane. Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 47017 bb015441

John F Kennedy and Edith Green next to airplane.
Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 47017 bb015441

Donald E Clark with Robert F Kennedy during 1968 presidential campaign in front of OMSI. CN 020625 bb015444

Donald E Clark with Robert F Kennedy during 1968 presidential campaign in front of OMSI.
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Robert Kernnedy being questioned by Tom McCall. OrHi 101550 bb015435

Robert Kernnedy being questioned by Tom McCall.
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1968 Oregon Primary "Whistle stop train" Robert Kennedy, Edith Green and High School band members. OrHi 37439 bb004173

1968 Oregon Primary “Whistle stop train” Robert Kennedy, Edith Green and High School band members.
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Robert F. Kennedy gives a speech during his Oregon primary campaign for President. (Note the cluster of mics.) 1968. Photo by Tom Geil. Donald E. Clark Collection CN 019484 bb015438

Robert F. Kennedy gives a speech during his Oregon primary campaign for President. (Note the cluster of mics.) 1968.
Photo by Tom Geil. Donald E. Clark Collection CN 019484 bb015438

CBS News camera that filmed the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

CBS News camera that filmed the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, November 24, 1963.
Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection. 

Kennedy’s Smith-Corona Electra typewriter, used 1960-61 and his typewriter carrying case. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Kennedy’s Smith-Corona Electra typewriter, used 1960-61 and his typewriter carrying case.
Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair made by master craftsman Lawrence J. Arata, used 1961-63. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair made by master craftsman Lawrence J. Arata, used 1961-63.
Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Portrait of John F. Kennedy painted by Norman Rockwell. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Portrait of John F. Kennedy painted by Norman Rockwell.
Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Carolina Herrera three-piece suit. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Carolina Herrera three-piece suit.
Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

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