On June 12, 1977, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Columbia Point for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. President Kennedy originally picked a site in Cambridge next to Harvard for the institution, but that plan was abandoned because of complications and opposition in construction.
The oceanfront site next to the University of Massachusetts Boston campus was chosen and architect I. M. Pei was selected by Jacqueline Onassis to design the building. It was opened to the public in October 1979. The memorial to our 35th president holds many exhibits and archives teaching about his beliefs, career, and the times that he lived in.
In the photo above, three generations of Kennedys dug small scoops of muddy soil during the groundbreaking ceremonies: from left, Caroline Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
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