The JFK Hyannis Museum held a press conference on June 6, 2014 to officially open a new Special Exhibit – “Cape Cod: The Heart and Home of the Kennedy Family.”
Executive Director John Allen began the conference by acknowledging the museum’s sponsors and thanking all those involved in bringing the new exhibit to Hyannis. Allen went on to highlight the museum’s continued mission of preserving the legacy of President Kennedy, his family and their deep connection to Cape Cod. Furthermore, Allen spoke on the museum’s educational opportunities, cultural programs and special events.
Allen then introduced the audience to the President of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, Dick Neitz.
Neitz took the time to highlight the important work the museum has accomplished in the Foundation’s first year of owning and operating the Museum. He noted the national media attention, which included features on CSPAN and CBS Morning News.
In addition, Neitz shared the preliminary details of a capital campaign that is expected to be launched in a year. The campaign will be aimed at raising funds for a complete renovation of the JFK Hyannis Museum.
The final remarks were given by the museum’s Co-Founder and Curator, Rebecca Pierce Merrick. Merrick explained the key details of the museum’s 2014 Special Exhibit, highlighting the unique photos that reflected both intimate gatherings and official meetings of President Kennedy.
Merrick thoroughly outlined the components of the Special Exhibit, explaining how it provides a truly exclusive look inside the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port.
Merrick also took time to recognize and thank Rose Kennedy’s personal interior designer, Robert Luddington. Luddington provided photos and artifacts from his private collection that were used in the exhibit.
Merrick concluded the event by acknowledging the historical relevance of the exhibit, “It is a very special honor for the museum to be able to share this unique insight into the Kennedy Family.”