Portland, OR. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy details the life and legacy of our nation’s 35th president through rare artifacts and documents. Many of the items are on loan from the local Mark Family Collection. Antoinette Hatfield & Pete Mark, Chairman of the Board, Melvin Mark Companies were on hand for the exhibit celebration on March 22nd. Exhibition highlights include one of JFK’s custom made rocking chairs, his White House Oval Office coffee table, and a Carolina Herrera suit dress worn by Jackie Kennedy. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Gerry Frank and Kerry Tymchuk Oregon Historical Society Executive Director

DJ Wilson, President/General Manager at KGW Television & Anne Bernard, Owner/Principal of RENATE, exhibit designer.

While much of Kennedy’s life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy’s achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting millions of people today. This exhibition explores Kennedy’s early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office.


In the years leading up to his presidential nomination in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy was a frequent visitor to Oregon, serving as grand marshal of the Medford Pear Blossom Parade and throwing out the first ball at a Little League game in The Dalles. The many photos in the collection offer a glimpse into his time in the state.

High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, reflecting on the legacy of President Kennedy is on view now through November 12th at the Oregon Historical Society.
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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