The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum has been part of the Cape Cod community for a quarter century. Soon, thanks to a donation from a local family, it will be an even bigger part.

At a press conference marking the museum’s 25th anniversary, museum officials announced a $100,000 donation from the Scudder family that will be used to renovate the museum’s lower level and create a community room that can be used year-round by local organizations and groups.

Philip Scudder, vice president at Hy-Line Cruises, the longtime Hyannis-based company owned by the Scudder family, was among those in attendance at Tuesday’s event, along with other members of the Scudder family, local and state officials and Kiki Kennedy, wife of Connecticut Sen. Ted Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Sen. Kennedy “was with us from Day One,” said Rebecca Pierce Merrick, co-founder of the museum along with Wendy Northcross. The museum, she said, has had a “continuous, wonderful relationship with the Kennedy family.”

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