Join the Museums December 7-14, 2017 for the 2nd annual Smithsonian Week in Springfield, celebrating the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, one of Massachusetts’s most notable native sons. Through lectures, exhibitions, and performances, the Springfield Museums and the Smithsonian highlight the legacy of JFK and the impact of his presidency on American history and culture. Smithsonian Week in Springfield is made possible by the generous support of MassMutual Foundation.
Lecture: Thursday, December 7 at 12:15 p.m.
The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family lecture by Shannon Perich, Curator, National Museum of American History. This talk is part of the Museums á la Carte series.
Exhibition Opens: Friday, December 8
Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House exhibition opens at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Twenty-seven iconic photographs by illustrious photographer Richard Avedon, on loan from the National Museum of American History, provide a glimpse into the Kennedys’ personal life while also documenting their public image. Sponsored by American International College. Media sponsor, The Advocate.
A companion exhibit in the Wood Museum of Springfield History features campaign memorabilia from the collection of Frank Andruss Sr., photographs of the Kennedys from The Republican Archives, and collectibles that highlight the cultural impact of the Kennedys on America.
Educator Open House: Monday, December 11, 4-6:30 p.m.
Educator Open House with Briana Zavadil White, Student and Teacher Program Manager at the National Portrait Gallery. Looking to the permanent collection and Avedon photographs in the Museums’ galleries, White will share with educators ideas on how use portraiture as an interdisciplinary tool for learning.
Lecture: Thursday, December 14 at 12:15 p.m.
The Smithsonian’s Jazz Orchestra lecture by Kennith R. Kimery, Supervisory Producer, American Music History Initiatives at the National Museum of American History. This talk is part of the Museums á la Carte series.
Culture & Cocktails
December 14, 5-8:00 p.m.
Culture & Cocktails: A Holiday in Camelot features two concerts by a septet of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. The performances will explore the musical journey of saxophonist Paul Winter during his 1962 U. S. State Department tour of South America, which culminated with the first jazz concert for young people at the White House, hosted by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Holiday Gala: A Night in Camelot
December 7 @ 6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Smithsonian Week and the opening of the Jack & Jackie exhibit will be marked with the Springfield Museums yearly holiday gala. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth, this year’s gala is themed “A Night in Camelot.” Honorary co-chairs Representative Richard E. Neal and Roger Crandall, CEO, MassMutual will join honored guests from the Smithsonian Institution to celebrate. Cost: $225. Sponsors include Health New England, MGM Springfield and United Personnel.