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    Space Program

    On April 9, 1959, during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration, seven men were selected to become Project Mercury astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald “Deke” Slayton. The goals of the Project Mercury program were specific: to orbit a man...

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    Kennedy Center for the Arts

    President John F. Kennedy was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts and frequently steered the public discourse toward what he called "our contribution to the human spirit." Kennedy placed his administration firmly behind the endeavor, taking the lead in raising funds for the new “National Cultural Center” and holding special White House lu...

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    Presidential Tapes Conference to be Held at Kennedy Library (August 19, 2002)

    On February 16 and 17, 2003, Presidents’ Day weekend, top presidential historians, former advisors to Presidents Nixon, Kennedy, and Johnson, first-family members, archivists, and journalists will convene at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston to discuss the historical importance of secretly recorded White House tapes of Presidents Roosevel...

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    Spying: From Eisenhower to Obama

    Andrew Bacevich, author and professor at Boston University; Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War; and Evan Thomas, author and professor of Journalism at Princeton University, discuss American intelligence gathering and international surveillance policies over the last half century throu...

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