Friday, January 21, 2011

JFK Library Event

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and I was honored to be a part of the festivities.

I presented with Doreen Rappaport at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, and it was a wonderful event. We had an audience of 200 enthusiastic 5th graders from Boston Public Schools. The JFK library generously bought a copy of Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy for every single student, which really helped make it a special day for everyone. We started off the day by signing all the books (close to 300 in total, including the ones we signed for the museum shop).
Doreen with a group of students, just before we started signing. Look at all those books!

brand new camera = lots of blurry pictures.

Doreen and me signing.

Then we did our presentation. Doreen went first, and spoke about her memories of the 1960 election, and about her inspiration for making this book about John F. Kennedy, then I showed a powerpoint presentation about how I made the pictures for this book. Then we answered questions. After that, the students did a choral recitation of excerpts from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address. They did a great job.

Our host at the JFK Library, Sam Rubin, kindly treated me and Doreen (and Doreen's husband Bob, and my wife and kids, and my parents...) to a delicious lunch. The chef at the museum cafe recreated the menu from the 1961 Inaugural Luncheon, so we got to eat just what JFK himself enjoyed for his first meal as president. As you might imagine, it was very good. Yum...

Then Sam gave me and my family a personal guided tour of the exhibits. This was definitely worth taking my first grader out of school for the day!
My 6-year-old daughter giving her inaugural address
Of all the information my daughters learned about JFK yesterday, their favorite part was hearing about how he carved a message into a coconut when he and his men were stranded on an island during World War II. So the highlight of their day came when they actually get to see "The Coconut".

The Coconut.

And after all that, I drove to Candlewick to deliver all the artwork for my book, There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. I always love visiting Candlewick, and delivering all the finished artwork for a book is one of the most exciting parts of the whole process.

Then dinner at my parents house, then back to Maine. Then to bed.

1 comment:

  1. Sure sounds like a day to remember! ... and very well deserved.