Three cities loom large in the life and death of John F. Kennedy: Washington, D.C., where he was president and senator; Dallas, where he died; and Boston, where he was born.
With the 50th anniversary of his Nov. 22, 1963 assassination at hand, all three offer places where you can learn more about him or honor his legacy. Here's a list of museums, monuments, historic sites and events in those cities and a few others around the country. (Note several sites are affected by the federal government shutdown.)
-Tour: A walking tour of downtown Boston looks at JFK as an emerging politician in the context of his Irish immigrant ancestors and family political connections, with stops at the JFK statue on the Boston State House lawn; the Union Oyster House, where he often dined in an upstairs booth; the Parker House hotel, where he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier, and Faneuil Hall, where he gave his last speech in the 1960 campaign. The $12 tour meets Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Boston Common Visitor Center, 139 Tremont St., http://www.kennedytour.com .
-Presidential Library and Museum: The I.M. Pei-designed museum houses permanent displays on the campaign trail, Kennedy's family and the first lady, along with special exhibits on the Cuban missile crisis and Jackie's White House years, http://www.jfklibrary.org/ (temporarily closed by shutdown).
-Birthplace: Kennedy, one of nine children, was born at 83 Beals St., in Brookline, a Boston suburb, in 1917. The house is a National Park site, http://www.nps.gov/jofi (temporarily closed by shutdown).
-Hyannis: In the 1920s, JFK's father Joseph bought a waterfront vacation home for his family in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Boston. Other family members including JFK bought property nearby. A seasonal cruise operates through Oct. 27 offering views of the Kennedy Compound from the water, http://www.hylineharborcruise.com . The privately operated JFK Hyannis Museum, open through November, has an exhibit on his last visits to the Cape, http://jfkhyannismuseum.org .
-Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired at the president's motorcade from a window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The site is now the Sixth Floor Museum. The privately operated museum has exhibits about the assassination and is hosting a series of talks by individuals connected to the events of that day, including authors of several new books; 411 Elm St., http://www.jfk.org .
-Memorial ceremony: On Nov. 22, church bells