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JFK Library to undergo $2.5 million makeover to enhance visual, interactive offerings

“John F. Kennedy has been called the first television president, with a visual presence like none before him and few since. A half-century after his death, however, an estimated 80 percent of Americans have no direct memory of him. But the 35th president remains enormously popular, and the Kennedy Library and Museum in Dorchester hopes to bolster and expand that connection through the most ambitious technological makeover since the complex opened in 1979.

Helped by a gift from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the museum will expand exhibit space that chronicles Kennedy’s life and legacy with dramatic, new visual offerings and will give visitors more interactive access to documents, speeches, and other papers from his administration.” (via The Boston Globe)

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JFK Library makes new batch of Ernest Hemingway Cuba documents available

“The material has never been seen outside of Cuba. It includes letters, passports, telegrams, household accounts, recipes, a notebook of hurricane observations, and, yes, even bar bills. The materials were digitized through the efforts of the US Finca Vigia Foundation under an agreement with the Cuban Council of National Heritage, JFK Library officials said.

It’s the second release of materials conserved by the Hemingway Museum in Cuba with technical support from the foundation, library officials said.” (via Boston.com)

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JFK museum releases condolence mail 50 years later

“A series of condolence messages sent after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago was released Tuesday from the personal papers of his widow, including a letter from the mother of one of four girls killed in the bombing of a Baptist church in Alabama during the civil rights movement.The mail released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston comes from the personal papers of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The series contains approximately 22,000 letters, telegrams and cards from people around the world.” (via AP)

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Items from Hemingway’s Cuba home go to JFK Library

“A partnership between Cuba and a private U.S. foundation is working to preserve more of writer Ernest Hemingway’s papers and belongings that he left at his home near Havana when he died. U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Massachusetts and the Finca Vigia Foundation are scheduled to announce the digitization of 2,000 Hemingway papers and materials Monday. The digital copies will be transferred to Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library.” (via AP)

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JFK library opens 1st online presidential archive

AP – “Caroline Kennedy unveiled the nation’s first online presidential archive Thursday, a $10 million project to digitize the most important papers, photographs and recordings of President John F. Kennedy’s days in office.

Users can sort through the drafts of Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you,” speech and see how he tinkered with the words of that most famous line from his inauguration. Or they can listen to his personal phone calls and read his letters.”

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JFK Presidential Library Launches New Site That Invites the World On Board Apollo 11 — 40 Years Later

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum – “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced an interactive new website to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing and President Kennedy’s grand vision that made that achievement possible.  WeChooseTheMoon.org, will go live at 9:32 a.m. on July 16th, 2009 – exactly 40 years to the minute after the historic launch.  The site, powered by AOL, will recreate Apollo 11’s lunar mission, minute by minute, with an interactive experience that lets visitors experience the mission as it happened, using archival audio, video, photos and “real time” transmissions.”

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