Nearly half a century ago, President John F. Kennedy
stretched forth his hand to connect with thousands of people waiting to see and
hear from him in a cold, rainy but ebullient Fort Worth.
UT Arlington Special Collections/Star-Telegram archives
awe-inspiring moment, captured in a black and white photo, is part of a new exhibit
at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections honoring
the memory of President Kennedy 50 years after his assassination in Dallas.
The public is invited to experience the free exhibit, “Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth
Perspective of JFK” Sept. 9 through Feb. 8, 2014 at the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place.
“We are truly honored and excited to offer this important
retrospective of the Kennedys’ visit to Fort Worth,” said Rebecca Bichel, dean
of the UT Arlington Library. “We expect the exhibit will be of great public
interest to those who witnessed that day, Nov. 22, 1963, and to younger
generations who want to know more about history.”
Bichel added: “UT Arlington Special Collections is an
invaluable repository for research students, educators, journalists and others
who want to research the life, legacy and assassination of our nation’s 35th
The photos are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Collection archived at UT Arlington. The collection also contains photos taken
in Dallas following the assassination and photos of the funerals of Dallas
Police Officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Jim Witt, Star-Telegram executive editor, said that he
looks forward to visiting the University and viewing the iconic photographs
“This was a very important time in our nation’s history,
and these images really bring the events to life,” Witt said.
The exhibit includes 80 photos in all. Among them are
rarely seen intimate images of President and Mrs. Kennedy holding hands in
exhibit focuses on a different angle of the Kennedys’ visit to North Texas and
that is their buoyant Fort Worth visit,” said Evelyn Barker, UT Arlington
Library director of marketing. “The photos are so poignant. They look happy and
it is just a really jubilant time.”
would be handed a cowboy hat, which he declined to put on that day. He later
told the crowd, “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth.”
information is available online at the Special Collections website.
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