JFK: The Three Miles Documentary
Now playing throughout the summer in the Scudder Family Center for Civic Engagement at the museum. Show times are Monday through Friday at noon, 2 and 3 PM. Additional showings on First Fridays between 5 and 8 PM. Free with museum admission.
JFK The Three Miles – Directed by Pamela Finn, Galway, Ireland.
In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a visit that would change America and the rest of the world’s perception of Ireland. Kennedy referred to his visit to Ireland as “the best four days of his life.” One of those days, June 29th, was spent in Galway, known for its long winding promenade, beautiful beaches, and traditional Gaeltacht culture of music, dancing, and the Irish language.
Told by residents present during the presidential visit, JFK: The Three Miles recalls the euphoric excitement in Galway. None had ever experienced such privilege or felt such an atmosphere. They certainly never met someone as famous as the President of the United States.
“We are honored to host the American premiere of this beautiful documentary that showcases the joy President Kennedy brought to the country of his ancestry, and hope that visitors to the Cape this summer take the opportunity to view one of our daily screenings,” said Wendy Northcross, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. “The documentary is especially poignant as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of a year that forever altered the course of American history.”
One message rings strong through the documentary: in the one and a half hours JFK was in Galway, he made a strong, lasting impression upon the local people, and built a connection between America and Ireland that would travel through generations.