Library marks 50th anniversary of JFK inauguration

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Posted: Jan 9, 2011 11:16 AM
Updated: Jan 9, 2011 11:16 AM
Source: Associated Press

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It's been a half-century since the proverbial torch was passed to a new generation.

The John F. Kennedy presidential library in Boston has added a special exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration on Jan. 20, 1961.

Retired Boston attorney and library trustee Richard Donahue was there on that bitter cold day in Washington and easily recalls theenthusiasm of the crowd as they listened to Kennedy's still-famous inaugural address.

Donahue says the new president gave the sense that the "future is now."

The exhibit includes a number of rare and never-before displayed artifacts from the inauguration, including the top hat and gloves Kennedy wore on Inauguration Day, and an invitation to the inaugural luncheon, signed by all the dignitaries at the head table.

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