For those Washingtonians suffering from Kennedy withdrawal since former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) retired from the House, have no fear. Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to be in town today, paying tribute to her father at the National Archives.
She will join Archivist of the United States David Ferriero to unveil an online digitized presidential archive of materials from President John F. Kennedy’s time in the White House.
The digital collection, called “Access to a Legacy,” is tied to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. Until Jan. 31, the National Archives will also display in its East Rotunda Gallery the president’s first executive order, which increased surplus food allotments for poor Americans.
Created out of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the online collection is the largest digitized presidential archive, featuring 200,000 pages of materials, 300 reels of audio tape, 300 museum artifacts and 1,500 photos. It can be accessed at jfklibrary.org.
There’s been no shortage of Kennedy news lately. The History Channel recently announced it won’t air a Kennedy-themed miniseries starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, saying in a statement that it is “not a fit for the History brand.” Rumors are swirling that Caroline Kennedy and her cousin Maria Shriver lobbied to have the series shelved, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.