Plans for Kennedy Senate institute unveiled

This computer generated photograph provided by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate shows the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, front building, flanking the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, rear building, on Boston's Columbia Point. Nearly one year after the senator's death, architectural plans were unveiled on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, including an exact replica of the chamber where Kennedy spent 47 years. The approximately 44,000-square foot facility, to be built with a combination of private and federal money. (AP Photo/Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Rafael Viñoly)

This computer generated photograph provided by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate shows the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, front building, flanking the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, rear building, on Columbia Point. (AP Photo/Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Rafael Viñoly)

 

Architectural plans have been unveiled for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which will sit adjacent to his brother’s presidential library in Boston. 

kennedy2 Plans for Kennedy Senate institute unveiledThe 44,000-square foot facility, designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, will be built with a combination of private and federal money. A centerpiece of the institute will be a replica of the Senate chamber where Kennedy served for 47 years until his death from brain cancer last August. 

The institute’s president and CEO, Peter Meade, says Kennedy envisioned a facility where visitors, especially students, could learn the history of the U.S. Senate and participate in mock debates on historical and modern-day issues. 

Meade says the institute has so far raised about $50 million in private donations and $38.6 million in federal funds. 

Groundbreaking is set for September.

 (AP Photo/Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Rafael Viñoly)

(AP Photo/Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Rafael Viñoly)

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  1. Virginia Burke says:

    Absolutely no federal money (which is public money) should be used to build another Kennedy Memorial.

    That 38 + million should be spent on getting people back to work and this economy going again.

    And I am not one of the unemployed but have a very good income and feel that this countries priorities are poorly placed with things that are not good for Americans and the US as a whole.

  2. bob says:

    Is this the place for which John Kerry added $22million to the armed forces’ salary legislation ? Why is it that politicians now feel entitled to have a shrine bult in their memory ?
    “where could learn the history of the U.S. Senate”.
    Are you kidding ? How about they learn that in school ? or at http://www.senate.gov ? For each reader here, think of it this way: all the money you will ever pay to the fed and state govt will be wasted on a small part of this “tribute” – all other causes you THINK your money should go toward is immaterial. John Kerry knows how to spend your money better.

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