Prior to his death, John F. Kennedy explored potential sites for his presidential library in Boston around the campus of his alma mater, Harvard University. He had wanted a library to be built near an academic institution to increase scholarly use of the facility. However, following his death resident of Cambridge objected to the construction of the library because of the perceived negative impact on the community. Eventually, a location on Columbia Point in the Dorchester neighborhood was chosen. Construction of the facility began in August 1977 and was completed two years later. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum was dedicated on Oct. 20, 1979. In 1993, a…
Following his assassination in Dallas, the body of John F. Kennedy was flown back to Washington, D.C. He laid in repose in the White House’s East Room for twenty-four hours. Kennedy later laid in state in the Capitol rotunda before a horse-drawn caisson took his casket to Arlington National Cemetery where he was interred just below Arlington House on Nov. 25, 1963. Kennedy’s friend and architect John Carl Warnecke designed the grave site, which Jacqueline Kennedy stipulated must include an eternal flame. After several years of design work and construction, the grave site was dedicated and opened to the public on March 15, 1967.