In researching Jackie Kennedy’s tenure in The White House, factoids cropped up that everyone already knows: her significant style, her intense protection of her family, and her restoration of The White House. Here are the Top 10 Professional Accomplishments of Jacqueline’s life.
1. White House Restoration
Her passion for history led her to curate artwork, furntiture, and more from government storage to create “perfect American house”.
2. Established The White House Historical Association
The Association published the 1st White House Guidebook in 1962; profits from the sale of the book & White House tours funded her restoration project to avoid using public money. Pretty genius, if you ask us.
3. The White House TV Tour
The TV Special raked in over 56 million viewers and she even won an Emmy. oh heyyyy.
4. Built the JFK Library on the Boston Harbor
After her husband’s death, she got right to work to commemorate her late husband’s life and legacy.
5. Saved Lafayette Square from Demolition
The historic homes across from The White House were scheduled to be destroyed until Jackie swooped in and saved them.
6. Pioneered the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
She conceptualized & supported the creation of a national cultural complex which later became the famous institution it is today.
7. Was a Traveling U.S. Ambassador
She accompanied her husband abroad on many political trips, including one to Paris where she was widely welcomed. She spoke fluent French too…because of course she did.
8. Became a Book Editor
After her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, she returned to New York to embark on a career that centered around her love of literature.
9. Saved Grand Central Terminal
Yet again, she saved a national monument from demolition.
10. Left Her Name
Central Park’s main reservoir & The White House East Garden were named after her to honor her life and legacy.