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 daily in July and August from 9:30-5:00. From Sep. 1 through Oct. 29 the site will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Ranger speaking to tour group in church

Explore the Origins of the Kennedys

Explore the origins of the Kennedy and Fitzgerald families in Boston's North End on our special ranger-guided walking tour.

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.

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.

Celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service with us!

The National Park Service turns 101

Join us on Friday, August 25 as we celebrate Founders Day with special NPS themed exhibits.

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 20, 2017

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83 Beals street
Brookline, MA 02446


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