Death of a President: the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Assassination
This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Kennedy’s assassination stunned the world and brought the nation’s political and social life to a halt. For those who experienced it first-hand, the event produced an enduring sense of tragedy; for subsequent generations, the Kennedy Assassination continues to be a source of study and fascination.
This exhibit features items from the collection of the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University. Objects on view include original photographs of the President’s ill-fated visit to Dallas, condolence responses from the First Lady and Senator Robert Kennedy, and books, manuscripts, and memorabilia that reflect national and local responses to his death. Also on view is memorabilia from John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign including buttons, an original campaign poster, and invitations to inaugural festivities.