Photograph of Kennedy Family with Dogs During a Weekend at Hyannisport, 08/14/1963, shared by US National Archives.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, fifty years ago this week. It was a defining moment for America, and almost anyone who is old enough to have memories at that age can tell you exactly where they were when they heard the news.
Many families have stories, memories, and memorabilia of the Kennedy family, and we invite you to pin yours on Historypin, where they can be explored together with some of the amazing archival photos you’ll find on the map. There are some great photos that have been mapped by members from the JFK Library, and from the National Archives (photo above). Of course there are many commemoration events and stories this week, and you might also want to view and share touching stories from the JFK Library on their site, An Idea Lives On.
Click the map to find content tagged with "kennedy." Please add "John F. Kennedy" or "Kennedy" as a tag to any photos or memorabilia you add and it will be added to this map view. Some of these photos are located on John F. Kennedy streets, which is interesting as well!
For me, growing up in a Catholic family in the midwest, very active in the social justice activism of the time, Kennedy was a very big deal. My dad was a priest then and his colleague at the Catholic diocesan newspaper took this photo of him with JFK during a 1959 campaign fundraiser in Lafayette, Indiana. You can imagine my surprise in finding that one in the family photo album when I was studying American history in middle school! I also remember discovering the Vaughn Meader First Family parody album. Does your family have any photos or memorabilia to share?
Fr. Joe Voss, Fr. Ted Zimmer, an unidentified nun, and John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in 1959.
Today is the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The 7.9 quake struck the city at 5.12am on Wednesday 18th April, causing immense destruction and loss of life.
San Francisco Municipal Transport Archives have uploaded some incredible images from their collection, many of which are on Street View enabling you to compare the damaged Edwardian streetscape to today’s modern city. This photo of Washington & Mason Carhouse was taken on 18th April, the day the quake struck:
The fires triggered by the quake were even more devastating than the earthquake itself. Here you can see the Powerhouse on Polk and Sutter after the earthquake, and then after the fire:
Many people fled to higher ground, like Alamo Square, watching the fires rage below:
The army was called in to help manage the crisis, and quickly makeshift housing for the displaced sprang up around the city as people tried to rebuild in the aftermath.
You can see more photos on San Francisco MTA’s Channel and in the Collection they have put together. Also have a browse on the Historypin map of San Francisco in 1906 to see photos from other archives, including the US Geological Survey.
"The Little Giant," the famed fire hydrant at 20th and Church Streets, credited with stopping the fires following the 1906 earthquake. Every year it is repainted and commemorated. Seen here the morning of April 18, 2012.
100 years ago tonight, over 1,500 people lost their lives as the RMS Titanic perished in the icy waters of the Atlantic. The following collections and tours on Historypin memorialize the tragic fate of the great ship.
A Tour of the RMS Titanic’s Journey
Follow this Tour to see the construction, journey and fateful end of the Titanic.
Created by Rupert Matthews
Impact of the Titanic sinking on Halifax, Nova Scotia
Flick through this collection to see the impact on the community of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada who helped with the rescue.
Created by Nova Scotia Archives
A Collection of Titanic Images
A collection of photos showing the building, voyage and sinking of the Titanic.
Created by the Historypin Team