“We have some great history [at the B.F. Jones Memorial Library] from President Kennedy’s visit to Aliquippa. He did a campaign whistle-stop in 1962 all through the Ohio Valley. [We have a photo] taken down on Franklin Avenue, down by what’s now Franklin Towers. This is the podium that he spoke at.
They tell us that [his speech] was on the back of a flat-bed truck. We have a button you can push and hear the speech that he gave that day. We also have a home movie that somebody took and had it made into a DVD.
Somebody called one day to ask if we take donations, and I thought we’d get a box of books — but they gave us this podium! It was donated about 3 years ago from the family of the president of the Steelworkers Union [at the time] who had it in their house.”
(Linda Helms, director of the B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa talks about the incredible history contained within its walls.)