John F. Kennedy Exhibits at the Newseum

The Newseum opened Friday two new exhibits and an original documentary as part of a year-long exploration of President John F. Kennedy in the 50th anniversary year of his assassination.

The JFK exhibits chronicle the presidency, family life and death of America’s 35th president through rarely seen artifacts, photos and video, and explore how journalists covered one of the darkest days in American history.

“JFK” features two exhibits and a film:

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” features intimate images of Kennedy and his family taken by Jacques Lowe, Kennedy’s personal photographer.

“Three Shots Were Fired” tells the dramatic story of the news media’s reporting of Kennedy’s assassination through powerful images and artifacts, including some items on loan from the National Archives, which have never been publicly displayed, that were with Lee Harvey Oswald at the time of his arrest on Nov. 22, 1963.

“A Thousand Days,” a Newseum-produced film shown on a 100-foot-wide video screen, uses original footage and interviews to examine Kennedy’s presidency and family life in the White House.

In conjunction with the exhibits, the Newseum has launched “JFK Online: From the Newseum Archives,” a web-based interactive exhibit featuring images and video interviews with journalists who covered the assassination, including Walter Cronkite and Ike Pappas.

In partnership with American University School of Communication, the Newseum will host “JFK Remembered,” a special program with Tom Brokaw of NBC News and veteran journalist Nick Clooney.

The evening program on May 1 commemorates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech “A Strategy of Peace,” which was delivered at American University.

Clooney and Brokaw will share their memories of the Kennedy presidency in the program, which will also feature archival footage of the 1963 speech. For more information, visit newseum.org.

Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the “Creating Camelot” exhibit. Premier sponsorship support for “Three Shots Were Fired” has been provided by Altria Group and CBS.

One of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

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