First Steps to the White House

As a boy, JFK’s parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet in his birthplace home he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors. In 2017, the centennial of JFK’s birth, we commemorate not only his early life, but the ideas and principles he left behind.

83 Beals Street house facade

John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS

The site is open Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 29. From November through mid-May the site is open by appointment only Monday-Friday.

Neighborhood Walk

Daily Neighborhood Walking Tour

Join us as we explore the neighborhood where JFK grew up for the first ten years of his life.

JFK baby photo by the bed where he was born

Celebrating JFK's Centennial (1917-2017)

We're celebrating the centennial of JFK's birth in 2017. Join us for special events throughout the year.

jack o lanterns

Halloween on Beals Street

Trick-or-treat at the site on the evening of Halloween

memorial wreath

Commemoration of JFK's Legacy

Join us on November 22 for a day of remembrance for President Kennedy.

Last updated: August 30, 2017

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83 Beals street
Brookline, MA 02446


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