Recently, the Cushing Scholars traveled to Boston to visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The group began with a session in the museum's classroom where they explored events and issues of the early 1960s using primary source documents and audiovisual materials. Following the classroom session, the museum educator worked with students in the museum, helping them make connections between the museum exhibits and the classroom discussions.
Next, they explored the topic of “Launching into the Sixties”. Acting as members of President Kennedy’s Press Office, the group was given an assignment to prepare a briefing for the President on topics that may come up in a specific press conference. To fulfill this assignment, they explored the museum and used primary source documents.
According to Peter Clarke, one of the Cushing Scholars’ advisors, “this was one of the best trips we’ve taken with the Scholars, and the staff complimented us on how seriously our students took their work.”
Below are some quotes from students:
“I learned more about JFK’s presidency and his achievements. Walking through the exhibits made me realized how much he contributed to the country. I enjoyed the trip!”
“I learned what the press conference is like for a president is to address to contemporary issues. Also, I learned more about JFK, the important acts in his presidency, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and civil rights.”
“JFK’s character traits allowed him to be the perfect man or the job in a very important time for our county in terms of foreign policy.”
“I learned the amount of work that goes into a press conference. I always assumed that the president went into them blind and came up with answers there. It turns out they have an effective system.”
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