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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

North End Walking Tour

A ranger stands in downtown Boston, reading aloud a quotation. Behind her is Rose Kennedy's birthplace, a brick apartment building, in the North End.

The Enduring Qualities: An Exploration of the Origins of the Fitzgerald and Kennedy Families in Boston

Join us in an exploration of the Kennedy and Fitzgerald families' Boston roots. During this 90 minute tour, we'll visit sites of identity, faith, and community in downtown Boston and the North End and consider questions of transition, permanence, and belonging: How did the Irish and Irish American experience inform their sense of selves? What role did religion and the power of American democracy have in shaping their character? How did the Kennedys and the Fitzgeralds view the communities that made up the city of Boston? How were they shaped by the communities they lived in and in turn, how was the city transformed by them?

This tour is offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 24, 2014. Tour departs from the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall at 10:15. Reservations are recommended; email us or call 617-566-7937. Click here for a maps showing Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.

**Due to staffing limitations, there will be no tour August 16, 2014. Last tour of the season will be August 24, 2014.**

Did You Know?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy as a young boy.

According to his mother, Jack Kennedy was the “problem child”, forgetful and “invariably late” for meals. Sloppy at home & lazy at school, Jack overcame his problems with spelling & grammar to win the 1957 Pulitzer Prize with his “Profiles in Courage” and the presidential election 3 years later.