Heard on the Hill: A Touch of Camelot

Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:00pm

For those Washingtonians suffering from Kennedy withdrawal since former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) retired from the House, have no fear. Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to be in town today, paying tribute to her father at the National Archives.

She will join Archivist of the United States David Ferriero to unveil an online digitized presidential archive of materials from President John F. Kennedy’s time in the White House.

The digital collection, called “Access to a Legacy,” is tied to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. Until Jan. 31, the National Archives will also display in its East Rotunda Gallery the president’s first executive order, which increased surplus food allotments for poor Americans.

Created out of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the online collection is the largest digitized presidential archive, featuring 200,000 pages of materials, 300 reels of audio tape, 300 museum artifacts and 1,500 photos. It can be accessed at jfklibrary.org.

There’s been no shortage of Kennedy news lately. The History Channel recently announced it won’t air a Kennedy-themed miniseries starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, saying in a statement that it is “not a fit for the History brand.” Rumors are swirling that Caroline Kennedy and her cousin Maria Shriver lobbied to have the series shelved, according to the Hollywood Reporter.