Reporting of the historical JFK visit through Twitter, bringing you the news as it happened 50 Years ago in real-time.19th June 2013; Combining the wealth of material available in the National Library and in the RTÉ Archive’s exhibition around JFK’s historic visit to his ancestral homeland, a “real-time” Twitter feed will follow the visit from his arrival in Dublin Airport on June 26th 1963, the visit to his homeland in Co. Wexford, receiving the freedom of the City in Cork, laying a wreath in Arbour Hill, where he met the cadets that were to serve at his funeral, through to his departure on the 29th June 1963 after a visit to Galway and Limerick. “The idea behind this “real-time” Twitter campaign is to create an immersive experience for those who lived through these events, or for those experiencing them for the first time through the vast collections in both the National Library and in RTÉ’s Archives ”, said Liam Wylie, Curator of the JFK Exhibition at RTÉ Archives, “Encouraging audiences to discover more, a link will bring the user from Twitter into an on-line exhibition where they can view or listen to the visual, audio, video or documentation as it relates to that event on the day 50 years ago”. “Bringing the past into the present is key for us in creating a sense of what happened through the lens of the internet”, said Katherine McSharry, Head of Services , National Library of Ireland. “We have extensive material online and at our exhibition at the National Library, where audiences can engross themselves in the Kennedy era, and re-imagine the excitement and nostalgia that surrounded this historic visit”. Tweeting will commence under the hashtag #jfkhomecoming from the 26th June 2013, and will follow a “real-time” format . Online exhibitions are available on www.rte.ie/archives and www.jfkhomecoming.com and in person at the National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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