With the first televised presidential debates, the 1960 presidential campaign between Kennedy and Richard Nixon was one of the most tightly contested elections in American history. This exhibit displays campaign promotional items, including postcards, pins and posters.
With a wide variety of materials related to the civil rights struggle both nationally and locally, this exhibit explores JFK's impact on equality and the men who continued the fight in the years after his assassination.
The tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union almost resulted in nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. From the threat of Communism to the creation of fallout shelters, see the impact of the Cold War on Kennedy and America.
One of the most infamous men in American history, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, he was murdered by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby just two days after JFK's death. Learn more about the man who allegedly assassinated the 35th American president.
After President Kennedy was shot, he was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital. See the original administrative reports, doctor summaries and correspondence files related to the unsuccessful attempt to save him.
Just three days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the world united in sorrow as the fallen president was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral and mourning rites left impressions on those who attended or watched on television which still exist today.