JFK's only surviving child pays a visit to Portland Sept. 19.

COURTESY PHOTO - CAROLINE KENNEDYThe only surviving child of the 35th president, John F. Kennedy, will make her way to Portland on Sept. 19.

Caroline Kennedy will speak from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, to not only celebrate Oregon Historical Society's current exhibit: "High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy," but it's also a kickoff for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum.

The forum is made up of various lectures by some of the nation's top scholars, authors and historians.

"We wanted to kick off the 20th year with an outstanding speaker, and she certainly fits that bill," says Kerry Tymchuk, executive director at the Oregon Historical Society.

Along with many other celebrations across the nation, Oregon Historical Society's exhibit, on display through November, is honoring what would be JFK's centennial birthday on May 29.

"(Caroline Kennedy is) such an important part of the Kennedy story," Tymchuk says. "She continues to play a big role in shaping President Kennedy's legacy. We thought it would be fitting and appropriate to have her out to Oregon during the running of the exhibit."

She'll take a private tour of the exhibit while she's in town.

Caroline Kennedy is an attorney and editor of nine bestselling books on politics, American history, constitutional law and poetry.

At the lecture, she will speak about her experience as an ambassador to Japan, a position she was nominated for by former President Barack Obama in 2013.

She'll discuss why cooperation between Japan and the United States is important for both countries' future security and prosperity.

Tickets for the event range from $30 to $75 and go on sale first to Oregon Historical Society members on June 26, and then to the general public on July 3.

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