BOSTON (AP) — The Kennedy family has transferred ownership of the main house on its storied Hyannisport compound to an institute named for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
The Boston institute released a statement Monday announcing the transaction. The announcement said it said fulfilled the wishes of the late senator, who promised his mother the home would be preserved for charitable use. Kennedy died in 2009.
The institute said the house would host educational programs and eventually be open to the public.
The 9,000-square-foot house was the family’s gathering place in good times and bad, including after President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.
Some Kennedys had earlier expressed concern about the donation. The institute said Monday that Kennedys who live on neighboring properties will still access the beach through the grounds and have limited recreational access.
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