• Dining Room

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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Discover the experiences of the Kennedy family in Brookline in the Historic Resource Study. In 2007, the park completed a Historic Resource Study. The study places the Kennedy family's experiences and attitudes while living in Brookline in the historical context of the 1900s. This context offers insight into the social identities of the Kennedy family, life at home and the character of Brookline. The study concludes with an overview of how the home at 83 Beals Street transformed from a private residence to a National Historic Site and thoughtfully considers the process of memorialization. Click here to access a pdf of this exciting study!

Did You Know?

The Kennedy kitchen.

Like many middle-class families in Brookline, the Kennedy’s relied upon the many contributions of live-in domestic help. Mary O’Donaghue and Alice Michelan, two first-generation Americans, cooked, cleaned and cared for the children, enabling the family to live their version of the American dream.