April 12, 2013
JFK Contact Sheet

This contact sheet features images of John, Jacqueline, and Caroline Kennedy at their home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Credit: Estate of Jacques Lowe)

"JFK" Opens at Newseum

WASHINGTON — The Newseum kicked off the launch of its highly anticipated exhibits on the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on April 11 with an exclusive music-filled reception and exhibit preview.

"An Evening in Camelot" evoked the elegance and glamour the young president and his family brought to the White House in the early 1960s, and included a VIP guest list of Kennedy family, friends and former aides, and journalists who covered Kennedy's presidency and his assassination.

Guests — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; CBS president Les Moonves; veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer; former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee; former U.S. ambassador Marc Ginsberg; Victoria Allen, daughter of Kennedy photographer Jacques Lowe; Dr. William Kennedy Smith, a nephew of President Kennedy; and Clint Hill, who was first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's secret service agent during her time in the White House — were the first to view the "JFK" exhibits on the eve of its official opening.

Newseum founding partner Clarice Smith attended the reception with her daughter, Michelle. Smith and her late husband Robert E. Smith were early Newseum donors. The original "JFK" documentary "A Thousand Days" is currently showing in the 120-seat Big Screen Theater that is named after them.

"Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe" and "Three Shots Were Fired are the two remaining parts of the three-segment "JFK" exhibit. "Creating Camelot" showcases the unforgettable images of public and private moments by Kennedy's personal photographer. Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of "Creating Camelot." "Three Shots Were Fired" chronicles the events that began in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when a United Press International bulletin broke the news that President Kennedy had been shot. Premier sponsorship support for "Three Shots Were Fired" has been provided by Altria Group and CBS. 

The JFK exhibits have attracted considerable local, national and international media coverage.

Read about the exhibits and media coverage of the launch in a selection of links below.

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