Congratulations to the Biden Administration, several major social media services, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations for joining forces to combat the spread of extremist verbal and political violence in American society. The stakes for our democracy could not be higher, and all of us as citizens will have a critical role to play in this effort in the coming months. Sadly, our recent track record begs critical examination. The erosion of society’s respected norms, left unchecked, has taken on gravity’s accelerating downward force. We’ve witnessed the fall from civility to hate speech; from bipartisan compromise READ MORE
Nicole Machiavelli, the Italian political strategist, is perhaps best remembered for his discussion of the most effective way to lead – by fear or by love. Machiavelli chose fear as the best way to lead. Fortunately for Great Britain Queen Elizabeth chose love rather than fear. There are countless pictures and stories of the Queen smiling, laughing, greeting people warmly and being a wonderful mother and grandmother. Now granted as Queen, Elizabeth held a largely ceremonial position in the hierarchy of national power but her national role was critically important as a unifier, living symbol of past and present greatness, and READ MORE
July 4th is one of the most popular holidays for Americans. Coming in the middle of the summer our country celebrates the decision by the founding fathers in 1776 to declare independence from England with picnics, barbecues and fireworks. But July 4th was not always the unanimous date to celebrate independence. John Adams, who would become the second president, refused to recognize July 4th and instead adamantly favored July 2nd when the Continental Congress took the vote declaring independence. According to Adams, July 4th was only the day when all the final edits to the document were completed and approved by a READ MORE
(HYANNIS, MA) –May 20, 2022 - The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation announced this year’s essay winners, who each received $2,500 scholarships. Sadie LaBonte of Sandwich, a Barnstable High School student and Etzer Lindor, of South Dennis, a Cape Cod Technical High School student were selected from over a dozen submissions. The Museum Foundation presents the scholarships to students based on essays that illuminate President Kennedy’s famous inaugural quote: “And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” High school seniors shared their personal interpretation of READ MORE
By Laura Beach WINTERTHUR, DEL. – In a fragmented media landscape riven by political rancor, it is hard to imagine an event as unifying as Jacqueline Kennedy’s televised White House tour, broadcast by three major networks in February 1962 and ultimately viewed by 80 million people. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed it as “a splendid patriotic hour,” writing that America had “reason to be proud…of a new First Lady who has revitalized an old house.” According to Elaine Rice Bachmann, Maryland State Archivist and guest curator of “Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House,” the fashionable First READ MORE
In 1926 Joseph P. Kennedy, at age 38 already a millionaire, although not as wealthy as he would become, was living in Brookline and renting a summer home on the south shore in Cohasset. He and his wife Rose both loved to play golf and he was put up for membership in the exclusive Cohasset Country Club. He was blackballed, apparently for being an Irish Catholic. A lot of history was changed by that decision. Instead of settling into the wealthy seaside community much closer to Boston than Cape Cod, Kennedy began looking around. He found the Hyannisport Club, a golf club READ MORE
On February 16th, 2022, Keith Young, Author of Expect Turbulence & Public Relations Director for the Massachusetts Air & Space Museum, spoke about his book - Expect Turbulence - a story of setting a goal and overcoming obstacles to achieve the goal, in this case, becoming a pilot against heavy odds. Young also gave an update on the new Air & Space Museum in Hyannis. Watch the presentation below, which was broadcast live on Facebook.
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Let’s face it. The United States of America has never quite lived up to the promise and high minded ideals of its founding documents. Our 45 Presidents after swearing to uphold the Constitution have a very checkered record. (Joe Biden has the 46th Presidency. Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th President.)The vision is clearly articulated: We hold these truths to be self-evident….. And what are these self evident truths that we so boldly proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and celebrate every 4th of July? …..that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain READ MORE