2. 1960s Main Street, Hyannis

Main Street, Hyannis in the 1960s was filled with shoppers, theatergoers and jazz enthusiasts enjoying a wide array of activity in the "hub of Cape Cod." By 1960, supporters of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lined the streets, and journalists covering the national race rented hotel rooms on Main Street and Ocean Street. The photographs of the Kennedys along Pearl Street pay tribute to the family's legacy in Hyannis Port. 

Main St. Hyannis and JFK’s Campaign for President

Imagine yourself in the year 1960.  If you were to glance across the street, you would have seen nationally known retailers, like Woolworth's, along with locally owned and operated stores like Puritan of Cape Cod. The street was bustling with Boston stores like Filene's and Abercrombie & Fitch, alongside bakeries, restaurants, and jazz clubs. In that year, Hyannis had an active role in John F. Kennedy's campaign for U.S. President against Richard Nixon. Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline, learned she was pregnant early in her husband's campaign, and by summer, doctors had advised her to keep travel to a minimum, so she remained mostly here, in Hyannis Port. To stay connected with voters, Jackie penned a weekly newspaper column called 'Campaign Wife,' in which she discussed issues and shared personal stories and advice. On election day, an astonishing 93.8% of Town of Barnstable voters went to the polls. On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. Kennedy defeated Nixon when votes were finally counted in the Electoral College, by a margin of 303 to 219. But in the popular vote, Kennedy won by just 112,827 votes out of 68 million votes cast, or a margin of just 0.2 percent. Just 17 days after her husband was elected president, Jacqueline, then 31, gave birth to a son, John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Sturgis School - Corner of Main & Pearl

Looking across Pearl Street, you will see the Sturgis Charter Public School. Along the Pearl Street side of the building, you'll see large photographs depicting the Kennedy family enjoying the beauty of Hyannis Port, sailing off the Cape’s sandy shores in one image, and gathered for a family portrait on the beachfront of the compound in the other. This project is in collaboration with the Sturgis School, which opened its doors in September of 1998, and has been consistently ranked as one of the state's top high schools since 2007.