REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON , MASSACHUSETTS – THE JOHN F KENNEDY LIBRARY AND MUSEUM .

FB_IMG_1491050249611The  New England  Aquarium  can wait  until  another  day .

Instead ,  you’re  going  to  another  neighborhood  of  Boston ,  one  some  of  you  know  very  well  because  that’s  where  two  of  you  lived  after  you  left  Boston  University .

It’s  the  neighborhood  of  Dorchester ,  and  you  all  are    visiting  the  section  known  as Columbia   Point .

This  area  just  isn’t  known  for  being  the  home  of  University  of  Massachusetts  –  Boston  ,  but for  a  couple  of  other  things .

First ,  the  style  of  houses ,  which  looked  as  though some   architect  got  together  with  their  colleagues  and said ,  ”  Let’s  save  some  space  and  put   two  more  houses  on top of  one  another . ”

Their  colleagues  replied ,  ”  Cool ! Wicked  brilliant  idea .  This  will  only  work  in  the  neighborhoods  of Dorchester  and  South  Boston ,  though . ”

Don’t  be  surprised  if you  happen  to  be visiting  the  Dorchester  neighborhood  and you see what  looks  like  three  houses  on top  of  another .

In Boston ,  they’re  known  as  ”  triple  Deckers . ”

This  area  also  has

the  Edward  M  Kennedy  Institute .

Visitors  can  pretend  they’re  members  of  the  United  States  Senate  if they  visit  here .

One  of  the  exhibits  is  a  replica  of  Senator  Kennedy’  s   office  in  Washington  DC .

There’s  also  a  replica  of  the  Senate  chambers  wherever  you  can  pretend  to  be  a  senator  for  a  day .

You  all  aren’t  going  to  visit  this  museum  today ,  though .

Instead ,  you’re  going  to  visit  the  museum  that’s  a  few  feet  away .

It’s  the  President  John  F  Kennedy  Library  and  Museum .

As none  of  you  were  born  when  he  was  president ,  this  wasn’t  a hard  decision  to  make  this  a  stop  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Boston .

You  all  get  off  the  Red  Line  station  at  the  JFK  /  UMASS   station  and  wait  for  the  number  2  Shuttle  Bus ,  which  not  only  goes  to  museum  but to the Institute  as well .

You  all  are  going  to  spend  the  day  here .

You  didn’t  get  to  see  the  JFK  exhibit  in Washington  DC ,  but  this  is  the  next  best  thing ,  seeing  the  president’s  museum  and  library  in  his  home  town .

One  of  your  girlfriends  notices  a  picture  of  the  Kennedy  Family  with  their  dogs .

The  strange  thing  about  this  is that  even  though   they  had  a  lot  of  dogs ,  President  Kennedy  was  allergic  to  them .

You  all  move   onto  the  next  exhibit  on   the  presidential  election  between  Kennedy  and  Richard  Nixon .

All  of  you  find  the  coverage  interesting .

Very  different  from  today’s  coverage  of  a  presidential  election  and  debate .

You  take  the  coverage  we  have  now  for  granted .

There  was  no  social  media  back  then  covering  everybody’s  move .

Before  1960, there  weren’t  any  televised  debates .

This  was  the  first  one .

We’ve  come  a  long  way .

Or  so  we  like  to  think .

An  hour  or  so  later ,  your  tour  of  the  JFK  Library  and  Museum  is  over  and  you  all  head  over  to  the  gift shop  for  some  Kennedy  memorabilia  to  bring  back  home .

Once  you  get  outside  to  get  the  shuttle  bus   back  to  the  train  station ,  you  can  see  the  skyline  of  Boston  from  Columbia  Point .

Even  on  a  cloudy  day ,  what  a  beautiful  sight  the  skyline  is .

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