Join us at the Oregon Historical Society for our latest exhibit, which explores John F. 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, President Kennedy made a commitment to the changing world for the better and in his legacy. he continues to live 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 second born 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, and 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.