Auction Benefits Planned JFK Hyannis Museum Renovation

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Executive Director John Allen.

HARWICH – An auction of unique John F. Kennedy items was held Monday night to raise money for the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation.

The auction, which was held at Wequassett Resort in Harwich and online, featured more than 30 pieces of art and furniture made from artifacts from the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port.

Museum Executive Director John Allen said the event was another milestone for the facility.

“The benefit of all of the proceeds will go to completing the lower level that is an educationally focused area with an Auditorium and meeting room coupled with a community room,” Allen said.

The planned renovation of the lower level at the museum was announced last month by Allen during a celebration event marking the 25th anniversary of the museum.

The funds raised during the auction will be added to a $100,000 donation from the Scudder family, the owners of Hy-Line Cruises.

“It brings a whole new institutional impact with the museum on the community and on the Cape,” Allen said. “And frankly, just gives us the ability to have a broader array of what a museum can bring to a community.”

The facilities will be used for education and cultural programs to expand the museum’s outreach to local students and the Cape Cod community.

Artist Steve Kemp, who made a table out of balusters from the home for the auction, said he was amazed that he was able to work with materials from the Kennedy Compound.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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