The Pike County Historical Society's Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad Street in Milford, has announced it will host a special exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's visit to Pike County.
A replica of the gifted goblet to the President and thank you letter from the First Lady will be on display at the museum starting Sept. 18 through Oct. 20.
Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and admission to The Columns museum is $5 per person.
“Having former President Kennedy in Pike County was such an honor at that time,” said Lori Strelecki, Director of the Pike County Historical Society. “The people of both Pike and Wayne counties were very excited that he was coming to the area. Presenting him with this goblet was a way of commemorating him and welcoming him to our area. We hope that museum-goers far and wide take advantage of this prime artifact being on display at The Columns.”
The famed Kennedy Goblet was a gift presented to the First Family on behalf of Pike and Wayne counties. It was intended to be given to President Kennedy the day he came to Pike County to dedicate the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 50 years ago this month
However, the Secret Service would not allow any gifts to be given the day of the visit for security reasons, but Pike County Historical Society advocate Norman Lehde was informed that at a later date, the White House would receive the gift.
On Monday, Nov.8th at 10 a.m., Lehde was welcomed to the White House and presented the Waterford Crystal piece, a part of a sample set available for purchase, made by Dorflinger Glassworks.
The goblet was hand selected by Mr. Dorflinger himself and given to Mrs. Whitehead, White House Curator. The sailing motif on the lovely goblet was the inspiration in the selection.
While the original goblet is rumored to have been broken, it was part of a set and there are still a few of the matching vessels out there. Some of them are part of personal glassware collections, and Dorflinger Glassworks of White Mills has agreed to loan the intricately etched, matching goblet to the Pike County Historical Society (P.C.H.S) in honor of the anniversary.
The P.C.H.S received a thank you letter from the First Lady just a few days after the visit, and it was received the day before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The letter is likely one of the last written by the First Lady while in the White House.
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