Public Programs

Free Fun Friday 2019

July 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.




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Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Free Fun Friday on Friday, July 26. The Institute will be open for free all day with special programs, activities, and exhibits. Free Fun Friday is supported through the Highland Street Foundation. See what you’ll experience here.

Highlights include:

  • Act as a Senator-for-a-day and learn about how our government works.
  • Debate and vote in interactive programs: Today’s Vote and Future Senator.
  • See history come to life in historical programs Great Senate Debate: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a new program marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
  • Learn the stories of twenty historic and contemporary trailblazers through artistic representations in the A Seat at the Table exhibit.
  • Enjoy hands-on activities like Campaign Button Creations and contribute to a community-made art project.
  • Explore with the new “Senator-in-training” activity guide books.
  • Visit the Senate Staff Office exhibit and see a replica of Senator Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Pose for fun photos with your family and friends with the Institute’s special photo booth.

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See images from last year’s Free Fun Friday (2018).

The Institute is located on Columbia Point in Boston, next door to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. The Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum are located directly across from the Institute.

Additional Resources

  • Getting to the Point on Voting Rights

    Join the Kennedy Institute for a conversation on voting rights and hear from grassroots organizations that garnered national support for the Voting Rights Act, former Congressional staff who helped ensure passage of the landmark legislation, and how the United States is currently facing similar crises around disenfranchisement.

  • Getting to the Point on Elections in Massachusetts

    Join the Kennedy Institute for a conversation with Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold (D-Second Essex and Middlesex) and Massachusetts State Representative John Lawn (D-10th Middlesex), Chairs of the Committee on Election Laws, about the preservation and expansion of voting in the upcoming primary and general elections.

  • The ADA at 30: “Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down”

    The Kennedy Institute joins the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, National Organization on Disability, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, The Harkin Institute, and Higher Ground Productions, in convening key activists, advocates, and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a virtual, bipartisan celebration of the landmark civil rights legislation.