Living History: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, March 25

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm

Portrayed by Jill Lawrence, American Historical Theatre, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.

Catapulted onto the world stage when her husband, John F. Kennedy was elected president, she quickly observed that America’s rich cultural and architectural past was being destroyed in the name of progress. Jacqueline embarked upon a series of preservation efforts: first the White House and eventually Grand Central Station in NYC. Her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States. Actress Jill Lawrence brings Jackie O to life by interpreting her personal and professional struggles and victories in a poignant portrait of the First Lady, wife, mother and activist. Jacqueline’s gift to the future was to preserve the past. Meet Jacqueline – a great American Legacy who wore many hats, not just her pillbox.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.