AT&T Foundation Donates $150,000 to Acclaimed JFK Library Foundation

Grant Will Support Major Exhibit, 'Campaign!' at the Democratic National

Convention; 'Campaign!' Pin Already a Collectible

Jul 26, 2004, 01:00 ET from AT&T

 As the gavel hit the podium marking the opening of the Democratic National
 Convention here, the AT&T Foundation announced that it awarded a $150,000
 grant to the nearby JFK Library Foundation to help fund the JFK Library's
 timely exhibit, "Campaign."  The exhibit depicts the historic 1960
 presidential campaign of America's 35th president.
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     Established in 1984, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides
 private support to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, a presidential
 library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
     "The JFK Library Foundation enables the acclaimed presidential library to
 demonstrate American democracy in action through interactive exhibits,
 innovative displays and dynamic public forums," said William Leahy, president
 of AT&T New England.  "By its grant, AT&T embraces the spirit of democracy
 characterized by President Kennedy's pivotal 1960 campaign.  We're pleased to
 support the educational and scholarly mission of the JFK Library Foundation
 and its good works to continue President Kennedy's ideal of public service."
     Also in association, AT&T's campaign buttons (see link) that portray the
 visage of Kennedy and announce the exhibit, are already perceived by some as
 the most sought-after collectible item of the convention.  The pins,
 distributed to all delegates, provide a reduced admission price to the JFK
     The AT&T-supported exhibit, Campaign! features photos, memorabilia, and
 archival footage and documents from John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign.
 Spanning the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, the 2004
 Presidential election, and Inauguration Day 2005, the exhibit opened late last
 month and will run through January 20, 2005.  Among the pieces on display are
 historic papers from the Kennedy Library archives, including handwritten notes
 by candidate Kennedy and his brother and campaign manager, Robert Kennedy,
 that provide a glimpse into the day-to-day inner workings of a presidential
     In addition, the Kennedy Library will host a rare showing of an original
 copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed on the night of July 4, 1776,
 by Philadelphian John Dunlap.  The Declaration of Independence will be on
 display July 30-31 and August 1, 2004, capping Boston's weeklong celebration
 of American politics, traditions and history as it hosts the 2004 Democratic
 National Convention.
     Other documents include Kennedy's handwritten note announcing his
 selection of Lyndon B. Johnson as his running mate, Richard Nixon's teletype
 conceding the election to Kennedy, memos outlining campaign tactics and
 strategy, correspondence, and telegrams.
     The library also houses a documentary and audio-visual archive for
 preserving and understanding the Kennedy era and an education center that
 promotes the ideals of public service and political participation among
 students of all ages.
     Of special note, the Museum has secured the rare public display of Man
 From Boston, an original oil painting by acclaimed American artist Jamie Wyeth
 depicting candidate Kennedy as he heads to the podium at the Los Angeles
 Coliseum to deliver his acceptance speech after receiving the nomination of
 the Democratic Party.
     "The JFK Library Foundation is proud to partner with AT&T to offer this
 historic exhibit," said John Shattuck, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library
 Foundation.  "AT&T's generous gift is helping the Kennedy Library reach
 visitors of all ages, and especially school children, with an exciting
 presentation of the democratic process in action."
     The Museum at the John F. Kennedy Library is also displaying a collection
 of Burton Berinsky photographs of John F. Kennedy campaigning for the
 presidency in 1960. The black and white images capture the enthusiasm of the
 young candidate and the crowds of Americans who cheered him on.  The
 photographs will be on display through Inauguration Day, January 20, 2005.
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 Public service and social responsibility are traditions deeply embedded at
 AT&T.  The AT&T Foundation ( invests in projects
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 programs in which AT&T employees are actively involved as contributors or
     The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
 organization established in 1984 to support and advance the mission of the
 Kennedy Library. Through its Board of Directors, its committees and staff, the
 Foundation provides the Library with financial and creative resources and
 personnel to enrich its educational programs, to expand its research and
 archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to
 offer intern and research fellowship programs, and to enhance its museum and
 exhibits. Caroline Kennedy serves as the President of the Kennedy Library
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