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2013-11-21

Frontier Times Museum remembers President Kennedy

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One thousand days in office and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was worried that the turmoil from the South's Civil Rights problem would undermine his presidency and the next election with southern voters.
A trip to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson's home state of Texas was planned for the President. Kennedy was to meet with wealthy Texas donors, and resolve, if he could, the conservative-liberal split in the state's Democratic Party. The President and First Lady would make visits across the state and end the visit on the night of November 22, 1963 in Austin, at a $100 a plate dinner for the State Democratic Executive Committee. The dinner was never held.
After visits to San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth, the President's itinerary brought him to Dallas. On the afternoon of Nov. 22, at approximately half past noon, as President Kennedy rode in an open limousine through Dealey Plaza, he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the Frontier Times Museum will display a collection of newspapers announcing the president's death, Life Magazines that chronicled the Kennedy family and his administration in what was to become known as Camelot and the program from what would have been Kennedy's last scheduled stop of his Texas visit.
Donated to the museum's collection by local resident Florida Barnes, the program was for a dinner to be held in honor of the president, vice president and their wives for the night of Nov. 22, 1963 at Austin's Municipal Auditorium.
The display will open at the Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, Thursday, Nov. 21 and continue through Monday, Dec. 16. The museum is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday and will be closed Sundays and on Thanksgiving Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages six to 17 years.