New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Foundation Holds Public Lecture on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a Public Lecture – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation, Grace, and American Legacy. This program is free and funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

During this lecture, attendees will learn about the great American icon who wore many hats, not just her pillbox. As a young mother she was catapulted onto the world stage when her husband John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. She quickly observed that America’s rich cultural and architectural past was being destroyed in the name of progress. Realizing that future generations would need the insights of the past for guidance, Jacqueline embarked upon a series of preservation efforts: first the White House, then Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C, and eventually Grand Central Station in NYC. Such preservation efforts galvanized the rest of the country to protect its historic monuments. Aided by her public profile, her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

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Jill Lawrence brings the woman we now know as Jackie O' to life by interpreting her tireless efforts for the public good. By conveying Jacqueline's personal and professional struggles and victories, a poignant portrait of the First Lady, wife, mother, and activist vividly comes alive. By bringing historic preservation center stage, Jacqueline's gift for the future was to preserve the past.

Lawrence has performed with the Ziggaraut Theater in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, American Family Theaters and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, just to name a few. For many years she welcomed visitors from all over the world as Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross house. Jill has been an adjunct professor at Camden County College, a writer and tour guide for Once Upon A Nation and a guest storyteller at the National Archives in Washington.

Tours led by volunteer guide and Vietnam Veteran Jim McGinnis will be available immediately afterwards.

WHERE: The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation, 1 Memorial Lane Holmdel, NJ, 07733

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:00 am – noon

CONTACT INFO: RVSPs are not required, but much appreciated. Please email the NJVVMF Educator, Keri A. Giannotti, at

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

The Foundation operates and manages the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and the adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center located at 1 Memorial Lane off Exit 116 (PNC Bank Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ. The Memorial honors all those who served our country and state during the Vietnam War, especially the 1,563 New Jerseyans who did not return home. It is a powerful and fitting tribute to their sacrifice. The Memorial is open 24 hours, seven days a week. 

The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the first and only educational center and museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America.

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