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August 28, 2019

Adirondack chairs on the lawn

Colorful summertime feature

By Communications Office

On summer Fridays, the team at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute displayed one hundred lawn chairs outside of the front entrance that represented the political affiliations of the current members of the United States Senate.

Fifty-three red chairs depicted the number of Republicans serving in office while the 45 blue chairs and 2 green chairs portrayed the number of Democrats – including the two Independents caucusing with them.

This was one of the more colorful ways to bring aspects of the U.S. Senate to life on Columbia Point. Keep an eye out the next time you are in the neighborhood – if the good weather continues into September, they’ll be out once again.


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Through a range of exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the essential role each person plays in our democracy and in our society.