Inquiring minds: When was the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts built?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.    When was the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts built?

A.     The idea for the Kennedy Center dates back to 1958, when President Eisenhower signed legislation creating a National Cultural Center. By the time ground was broken on the future site of the Washington-based theatre complex in 1965, it had been officially renamed in honor of the assassinated President Kennedy. The Center finally opened to the public on Sept. 8, 1971, with the world premiere of American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Requiem Mass, dedicated to the memory of Kennedy.

(Web site of the Kennedy Center www.kennedy-center.org)

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