Apollo 11 – Presidential Libraries

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. is not the only museum that will commemorate the landmark Apollo 11 mission. Presidential Libraries across the nation will join in honoring the occasion with programs, films and more.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s celebration of the Apollo 11 mission includes programming that will challenge Americans to learn from the past, draw inspiration from President Kennedy’s vision, and recommit ourselves to taking on the challenges of our own time. Celebration highlights include:

Space Fest 2019 – Saturday, July 20

The JFK Library will offer a series of on-site commemorative events, speakers, and activities for all ages including presentations on spacesuit engineering, the science of rocketry, and a behind-the-scenes look at space artifacts.

Featured speakers include Franklin R. Chang Díaz, former NASA astronaut for 25 years and a
veteran of seven space shuttle flights; Su Curly, NASA electrical engineer and Orion Crew
Survival Systems GFE Project Systems Lead at the Johnson Space Center; and Lonnie Johnson,
former Air Force and NASA engineer is president and founder of Johnson Research and
Development Co., Inc.

Space Fest 2019 will also allow guests to build and launch their own rocket, test their space trivia knowledge, explore space artifacts and enjoy other interactive activities.

Augmented RealityJFK Moonshot

Created by Digitas, The Connected Marketing Agency, the app employs the latest augmented reality technology to immerse users in the Apollo 11 mission from 1969. The JFK Moonshotapp is available for download to Apple and Android devices.

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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30pm First Man (2018; 141 minutes)

Join the Carter Library as they celebrate the Georgia film industry and our nation’s independence with a free, public screening of “First Man”. This riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon focuses on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. The movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind

The exhibit’s originally-created, 360-degree virtual reality experience will transport visitors to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, to see and hear Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.” Visitors will also get a chance to see Buzz Aldrin’s penlight used in the Lunar Module, Moon rocks collected from subsequent Apollo missions, a 3-D printed, life-sized statue of Neil Armstrong and much more. The exhibit is open through January 12, 2020.

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The National Archives’ celebration of the Apollo 11 is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of