A visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

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BOSTON, MA (KTVI) - While Americans process what is one of the most contentious elections in years tonight we take a step back in time to Camelot.

Fox 2's Patrick Clark takes us on a tour inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

For a larger than life figure, it figures that to understand the life and times of John F. Kennedy, one has to head to Boston, Massachusetts where the harbor meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, you`ll find the personal history of this president.

Like his report card.

Before he became known as a great orator, JFK got a C- in public speaking.

Kennedy improved his speaking skills thinking of them as an important tool of leadership to motivate and mobilize others.

Like his older brother Joe, he attended Harvard and enlisted in the military.

John or Jack, as he was known, was the commander of a PT boat that on August 2 1943, that was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer.  They clung to wreckage and at daylight swam three miles to an island, with JFK towing an injured crewman.

Days later, after carving a message into a coconut they were rescued.

Here you`ll find his Marine Corp medal and purple heart.

After his brother Joe`s death JFK decided to run for political office becoming a congressman and later a three-term senator.

He met and married a young news writer named Jacqueline Bouvier.

Throughout his short life he suffered from numerous health problems but overcame obstacles and in 1960 made a bid for the oval office.

This is the camera and console from at the studio where Kennedy took part in the first televised presidential debate in 1960.

He won that election and became the 35th president in U.S. history.

He and Jacqueline rocketed to worldwide fame as the youngest couple to ever occupy the white house.

It was called the Camelot era, but he faced real issues like the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, Iraq and Israel.

He created the Peace Corp and challenged the nation and world to a space race.

As you make your way around the presidential library and museum you`ll find the space capsule that Alan Shepard, the first American into space once rode inside.

It was Kennedy’s way with words that set the president’s plan to leave the earth into motion.

He set forth on new frontiers saying we set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.

Tragically, his presidency came to an end November 22, 1963 when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

What`s worth noting is just a month before his death, Kennedy began a plan for his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery and put into motion what would later become his presidential library and museum.

In October of 1979 it was formally dedicated by President Jimmy Carter on the site of a former landfill.

Author, journalist, politician, father and husband Kennedy himself once said, 'a man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

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