|Postcard from the 1950's looking east down Main Street with Panama Club on the right. |
Courtesy of Sturgis Library
|Looking down Main Street from a similar vantage point as the above postcard.|
|Where Panama Club once stood on Main Street.|
The Panama Club would gain perhaps its most famous regular in the form of summer resident and future President of the United States John F. Kennedy. The course of history was changed inside the walls of the club in September of 1944. It was shortly after the Great Atlantic Hurricane had hit the Cape that Kennedy and two female friends paid a visit to the Panama Club as they enjoyed it and also it was one of the first places to reopen after the storm. It was during a break between dancing where Kennedy first mentioned his desire to become a politician, specifically a potential run for Governor despite only being twenty-seven years old at the time.
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In My Footsteps: Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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