President Kennedy's Visit in 1963
On September 27, 1963 President Kennedy came to the Pacific Northwwest and gave a speech on education and conservation at the joint convocation of the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.
Two months later, on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, President Kennedy was assasinated. The PLU Archives has many photographs and documents relating to the President's visit to Tacoma.
Press Copy of Kennedy's Speech
Photo: President Kennedy and PLU President Mortvedt
"Materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning President Kennedy's remarks at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. In his speech the President explains how an educated citizenry help solve many of the challenges facing the country, specifically that of the conservation and development of natural resources. Materials in this folder include note cards with handwritten notations by the President and a press copy of the speech." -- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Photo: President Kennedy and UPS President Thompson
Photo: UPS President Thompson, President Kennedy, PLU President Mortvedt, Governor Rosellini, Representative Morris Udall.
For More Information
For more information on President Kennedy's visit, contact the Pacific Lutheran University Archivist,
PLU President Krise's 2013 Convocation Address
In his September 9, 2013 convocation address, PLU President Krise referenced President Kennedy's 1963 speech in Tacoma, WA. Watch the streaming video of Dr. Krise's address.
Streaming Audio of Kennedy's Speech
Photo: PLU President Mortvedt, Senator Henry Jackson, President Kennedy
"In his speech President Kennedy explains how an educated citizenry can assist in solving many of the challenges facing the country, specifically that of the conservation and development of natural resources."
-- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
PowerPoint Presentation by PLU Archives
The Archives has articles written about President Kennedy's visit and speech, including:
"President Kennedy Speaks at Joint Convocation: Address at Cheney Stadium Heard by PLU ad UPS." Mooring Mast 27 Sept. 1963.
Bence, Erna. "Mortvedt's Phone Call Brought Kennedy Here." Tacoma News Tribune 29 Sept. 1963.
Tacoma School District No. 10. "The President's Assignment: Educate All Talent." Scope 5.2 (1963): 2-3.