Poetry Reading Honors JFK’s Support for the Arts

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s celebration of the JFK Centennial included a Poetry Reading at the Bronxville Public Library on April 23, 2017. In his introductory remarks, Charles O’Neill pointed to Kennedy’s support for the arts as evidenced by his invitation to Robert Frost to read at his inauguration. Members from the Conservancy and Friends of the Library boards read poems from Of Poetry and Power: Poems Occasioned by the Presidency and by the Death of John F. Kennedy, as well as Kennedy family favorites. Selections included poems by Frost, Byron, Tennyson, Brooks, among others. The program was organized by Chris Goff and Ellen de Saint Phalle and readers included Charles O’Neill, Marilynn Hill, Scott McGuirk, Mary Marvin, Nick Stephens, Judy Unis, Justin O’Neill, Alice Campbell-Romano, Viji George, and John Barr.

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The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was established in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville, New York. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures, and special events that foster an awareness of the Village’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies.