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The John F. Kennedy Library

June 12, 1977: Three generations of Kennedys dug small scoops of muddy soil during groundbreaking ceremonies for the John F. Kennedy Library construction at the University of Massachusetts Harbor Campus. From left, Caroline Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis did the ceremonial honors. Senator Kennedy marked the day by saying, “Here on this auspicious day, the voyage Jack began sails on in the library that will bear his name. In breaking ground today, we remember Jack. And in remembering Jack, we remember the best in our country and ourselves.”

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June 12, 1977: Three generations of Kennedys dug small scoops of muddy soil during groundbreaking ceremonies for the John F. Kennedy Library construction at the University of Massachusetts Harbor Campus. From left, Caroline Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis did the ceremonial honors. Senator Kennedy marked the day by saying, “Here on this auspicious day, the voyage Jack began sails on in the library that will bear his name. In breaking ground today, we remember Jack. And in remembering Jack, we remember the best in our country and ourselves.”

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 due to 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. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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