When former first daughter Caroline Kennedy came to the National Archives on Thursday morning to help unveil her father’s online digital presidential archive, she also paid tribute to her late uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Caroline Kennedy joined Archivist of the United States David Ferriero at a press conference to show off the new archive, which is available on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s website. She noted that it was Ted Kennedy who led the launch of the historic effort more than four years ago, explaining that “like my father, [he] was always ahead of his time.”
Joined by husband Ed Schlossberg, Caroline Kennedy sat in the front row as the archive was introduced to the public. She said putting her father’s documents online is one way the library can work to introduce Kennedy’s legacy to a tech-savvy new generation of Americans who were born decades after JFK’s time in the White House. “His time is becoming history, and not living memory,” Caroline Kennedy said.
The archive will challenge a new generation “to answer my father’s call to service and find solutions to the problems in our own time,” she said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.