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John F Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy’s Country Estate in Middleburg

The old Kennedy estate, Wexford, is for sale and you can have it for a cool $11 million. We came across this cool story on one of our favorite blogs, Curbed. Naturally, in Ghosts of DC fashion, we wanted a...
John Kerry's Georgetown residence

Three Georgetown Homes of Notable Senators

As Mrs. Ghost went Christmas shopping this past weekend, I decided to go for a walk to explore the streets of Georgetown. The part of town most tourists think of when Washington history is mentioned, Georgetown is home to innumerable...
Letter from John F. Kennedy nominating his Cabinet - January 20th, 1961

Letter From Kennedy Nominating His Cabinet

Wow. This one is cool. We found this digging through the National Archives. Amazing. This is the letter John F. Kennedy sent on Inauguration Day 1961 (watch his amazing inauguration address), nominating his Cabinet.
JFK in the Oval Office

Archival Footage of Kennedy in Oval Office

This is great old film footage of John F Kennedy in the Oval Office. The narration is in German (I believe – correct me if I’m wrong).
Kennedy and Shermarke in 1962

Official Somali State Visit to the Kennedy White House (1962)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkMvXlvrsuY On November 27th, 1962, 361 days before Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, the Prime Minister of the Somali Republic, Dr. Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, had an official state visit to the White House. We were able to dig up this obscure...
President and Mrs. Kennedy arrive in San Antonio - November 21st, 1963 (Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

November 20th, 1963: JFK to Make Fives Speeches and Attend Two Receptions in Texas

If you read this piece in the Washington Post on Wednesday morning, November 20th, 1963, you probably didn’t think much of it. President Kennedy was making a trip to Texas, the Vice President’s home state. The White House explicitly stated...
Spring Valley Baist real estate map in 1913

From a GoDCer: Miller-Built Homes in Spring Valley

I received the following email the other day from a GoDCers up near AU Park and Spring Valley. Hello, I love your website. Thank you for researching DC history! I grew up in AU Park — my parents moved into...
Air Force One lands in Dallas, November 22nd, 1963

President’s Jet Breaks 15 Records to Moscow

The new Air Force One, and the first jet in service for the president, set a new record in 1963. The Soviets claimed that the United States did not have any aircraft that could fly non-stop from Washington to Moscow....
JFK at Bowling Green State University

Senator John F. Kennedy Outtakes

Here’s an interesting video I came across on YouTube. I’m not quite sure what year this is from, but I’m guessing it’s somewhere in the mid-1950s. It’s fascinating to watch the former Senator and President messing up on camera.

JFK: Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You (1961 Video)

One of the most powerful and important inaugural addresses of all time, this is something worth watching in its entirety. The whole speech is below if you’d like to read it. This is a truly amazing and powerful speech. If...