To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

ITINERARY:

Print and bring to the Meetup your Confirmation Email from National Archives (sent from [masked]). This is your ticket for entry.

1:45 PM - Meet at the Special Events door at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. If you are waiting in a line with tourists near 9th Street, NW, then you are at the wrong entrance!

2 PM - Enter National Archives.

3:15-3:30 PM - Reconvene at Special Events door (also the Exit). Walk across Constitution Avenue to National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion Cafe.

Singles Soirees 40 & Up! members old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis may want to recount what they were doing when...

For two weeks in October 1962, the world teetered on the edge of thermonuclear war and the end of civilization as we know it. Earlier that fall, the Soviet Union, under orders from Premier Nikita Khrushchev, began secretly to deploy a nuclear strike force in Cuba, just 90 miles from the United States, with missiles that could reach most major U.S. cities in less than 5 minutes. President John F. Kennedy said the missiles would not be tolerated, and insisted on their removal. Khrushchev refused. The stand-off nearly caused a nuclear exchange and is remembered in this country as the Cuban missile crisis.

“To the Brink” is a look back at the most dangerous episode in human history. Featuring clandestine real-time White House recordings from Kennedy’s meetings in October 1962, the exhibit allows visitors to listen in on the government’s highest level meetings as the President and his advisers worked intensely to avert a nuclear confrontation. Original documents, artifacts, and photographs help bring this milestone event to life.

 

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  • Tal

    Found it interesting, particularly the "secret" tapes made by JFK... I wonder if anyone else knew they were being recorded... perhaps "Bobby." And maybe not.

    January 14, 2013

    • Jeryl

      I am not sure, but I think RFK was responsible for the secret agreement to withdraw from Turkey.

      January 15, 2013

  • kathy h

    Thanks for setting this up Jeryl!

    1 · January 13, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Hi Kathy, I am so glad to finally meet you! Thank you for helping me coordinate the attendees.

      January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great exhibit! It was a very scary time for the world. Thanks for putting together a very interest meet up.

    January 13, 2013

  • Harry S

    Well organized though to be candid I'm new to these meet-up things and didn't have a clear sense of what to expect.

    January 13, 2013

  • Tom F.

    Great history.

    January 13, 2013

  • Jeryl

    We are downstairs at the Cascades Cafe in the National Gallery of Art.

    January 13, 2013

  • Vicki

    I too will not be able to attend, and have ticket. Does anyone need it? Will be glad to send.

    January 13, 2013

  • Stacie

    I am not going to be able to make this because of work..if anyone needs a ticket I can send them mine just send me a message

    January 13, 2013

  • Glenn

    Jeryl----Came down with a cold this Sunday morning and won't be able to attend. Hope to be at next event.

    January 13, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Ann I have two extra tickets if you still need one

    January 13, 2013

  • Ann o

    Hi Richard I need an extra ticket!

    January 13, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I have two extra tickets if anyone know of anyone else that want to go

    January 12, 2013

  • Ann o

    anyone interest in carpool? from Northern VA west 66

    January 7, 2013

    • Vicki

      That's where I am -- do you have room?

      January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those who can take a long lunch - on Tuesday Jan 8 at noon in conjunction with the exhibit "To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis," The National Archives is presenting two films from its holdings: One Week in October (1964) and Conversation With the President(1962) (90 minutes) in the William G. McGowan Theater. The event is free; reservations are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For McGowan Theater programs, the doors to the building will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue. See the National Archives Eevent Calender: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metr...­

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As of late Moday night there are 10 tickets available for the 2 p.m. tour at the link: http://www.recreation.gov/tourD...­
    I already bought mine.

    January 8, 2013

  • Glenn

    Jeryl---After I fill in the information for the "Timed Visit Entry" section it asks if I am an already registered or new user. I am a new user. The next screen asks me for the name, tax ID, and address of the organization [which would be Single Soiree]. I have no idea what that information is. It looks like I have to login as a registered user or create a new account to make the reservation complete. Some direction here would be appreciated.

    January 7, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Hi Glenn, Please try leaving the name of the organization blank.

      January 7, 2013

    • Glenn

      Thanks Jeryl. It worked.

      January 7, 2013

  • Jeryl

    Several of you have signed up without reserving your Special Entry Ticket with National Archives. Your spot at this Meetup is not guaranteed until you do. Please see instructions in bold above. Thank you.

    December 31, 2012

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