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Posted at 2:11 PM ET, 01/24/2011

MLK Library exhibits JKF inaugural mementos

By Erin Williams

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in its Washingtoniana Special Collection will exhibit mementos and rare photos from the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy's inauguration on Jan. 20 1961.

Items include the official 1961 official bronze inaugural medal commissioned to commemorate the inauguration, Kennedy buttons, inaugural covers (envelopes with an imprinted design on the envelope) an original inauguration invitation and photos of the Kennedy family leaving their home on 3307 N St. in Georgetown on the way to the Capitol.

Exhibit creator Jerry McCoy wanted to recreate the feeling of hope and wonder that the inauguration brought. "I just thought it was very important to look back on a moment in America's history that was going to be a new game plan. People were excited about the future; you had this new youthful president," he said.

The exhibit will be open until Feb. 9. Hours are Monday - Tuesday, noon - 9 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 PM

By Erin Williams  | January 24, 2011; 2:11 PM ET
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