Without a doubt Cape Cod has always been a special place, but it was the Kennedy family that brought international attention to the area when John F. Kennedy made his acceptance speech for the Presidency on the steps of the Hyannis National Guard Armory.
The Kennedy clan has been spending summers and holidays on Cape Cod for decades, and the general public is able to see into their lives on the Cape at The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, which opened on Main Street in Hyannis preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod. The Museum provides a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; being with family and sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn.
On October 19, during this 50th year anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, the JFK Hyannis Museum and the Woods Hole Film Festival are providing Cape Codders with an opportunity to view the documentary Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy . The film by Bill Couturie, is based on the book by Ellen Fitzpatrick, and captures the grief the nation was facing after one of the most tragic events in history.
Within 7 weeks of her husband’s death, Jacqueline Kennedy had received more than 800,000 letters from around the world expressing condolences and sadness. Letters to Jackie features 20 of those letters read by an all-star cast of actors including Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, Betty White and Chris Cooper. The film also features using archival footage and never-before-seen Kennedy home movies to bring to life the vivid feelings and emotions of a nation in late 1963 through the words of ordinary citizens.
The screening and reception will take place at the Mashpee High School Performing Arts Centerbeginning at 6pm. It will be followed by a questions and answer session and panel discussion.