As the end of this contentious, seemingly never-ending, presidential election year nears, one wonders what drives these particular Americans to seek the presidency. Who are they, and why do they run? They are, after all, Everyman.
For insight, look no further than to those who have come before them. Visit a Presidential Historic Site. What you’ll find depends on the era, and the president. All former presidents have at least one, with the exception of Zachary Taylor, who has none. Abraham Lincoln has six, the most by far.
A presidential site can be a birthplace, homestead, residence, museum, or library. Some are thought-provoking in their sheer simplicity; others are Disney-esque complexes designed to dazzle and engage through multimedia presentations, interactive displays, and full-size replicas of Oval Offices. One even has a real Air Force One! Some are cold; others vibrant. Regardless of style, they are a snapshot of the American presidency at a moment in time and provide a sense of the individuals who aspired to, and reached, the pinnacle of power.
The last stop on a tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum leaves a lasting impression. A pass through the historical exhibits excites the mind with the glamor and constant motion of the Kennedy era. Then, as sudden as the gunshots on a November day in Dallas, visitors enter the soaring pavilion area with a startling sense of finality and, at the same time, hope. Gazing out at the vast sky and Atlantic waters enjoyed so much by John Kennedy, the overwhelming feeling is that the dream of American prosperity and personal fulfillment never ends.
Approximately one month before his assassination, John F. Kennedy toured the grounds of Harvard University. The president was considering potential locations for his presidential library and museum. He chose a site near the Charles River and the Winthrop House, which was the dormitory where he lived during his last two years at the university. After his ill-fated trip to Dallas, his family began planning his memorial. President Kennedy’s widow Jacqueline chose I. M. Pei, a relatively unknown architect, to design the museum and library. Due to lengthy delays and opposition to the project, the search committee chose a new location near the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. Dedicated nearly 16 years after the president’s death, the museum overlooks the sea from its ten-acre park complex.
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The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the repository for official documents and correspondence associated with his presidency. The museum hosts numerous rotating exhibits and lectures. Museum galleries feature the 1960 presidential campaign, the Oval Office and NASA’s quest to fulfill
Plymouth is the location where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620 and the site of the first Thanksgiving. When visiting America’s Hometown, consider these top 10 family friendly attractions.
- Native Plymouth Tours is a one-mile excursion through the historic town center. The story of the colony is relayed from the perspective of Native Americans who lived in the area when the Pilgrims first arrived. Guests will learn how these diverse groups interacted. The tour highlights life before and after the Plymouth Colony.
- A Plymouth Twilight Ghost Tour is a journey into a mysterious realm. Explore famous burial sites and haunted locations as guides weave macabre tales. You will see sites that inspired poignant legends and folklore like the town square, which frequently served as a graveyard. The tour includes some of the oldest tombstones in the United States.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the greatest collection of classical art in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors enjoy free guided tours as they experience a greater appreciation for some of the greatest art in the world. Admire work from Monet, Van Gogh, and an abundance of other special exhibitions. Come view the museums collection of over 2 million displays of various art. Immerse yourself in artistic culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For a limited time, save $2 on Metropolitan Museum of Art discount tickets only through TrustedTours.com
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