Events ~ John F. Kennedy in Newport ~ June 23

John F. Kennedy in Newport

June 23, 2016 Talk with Tom Putnam

Newport, RI – The Kennedys have had a long association with Newport, RI. Jacqueline Bouvier spent much of her childhood in the City by the Sea, the couple was married at St. Marcy’s Church and they often returned during family vacations. To offer insight on this popular era in 20th century American history, the Newport Historical Society is pleased to host the talk John F. Kennedy in Newport on Thursday June 23, 2016.

Using archival materials from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Tom Putnam, the Library’s former director, will lead a conversation about John F. Kennedy and the time he spent in Newport especially during his one thousand days in our nation’s highest office. The talk will include photos and home movies, including his 1953 wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church, and his days spent in Newport at “Hammersmith Farm” relaxing with family. Vintage news footage will highlight the 1962 America’s Cup viewed by the President and Mrs. Kennedy from aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. along with the November 1961 state visit of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and his daughter Indira Gandhi, when they hosted them in Newport.

Tom Putnam worked at the Kennedy Library for the past 16 years first as the Director of Education and then as Library Director. He currently works for the National Archives and Records Administration as a Special Assistant in the Office of Presidential Libraries.

This 5:30pm program takes place at the Colony House on Washington Square. General admission costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members, active duty and retired military. Reservations strongly encouraged as seating is limited; please RSVP to or call 401-846-0813 x110.

About the Newport Historical Society
Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit



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