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Kennedy Assassination Remembered
Sometimes you meet a library patron and it's amazing what stories you hear. For the past few weeks, I've been working with Rhode Islander Steve J. Caminis to highlight his memories and collected memorabilia related to the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy. The 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death falls on November 22nd and Mr. Caminis was interested in sharing his experience with our library community. So we created a digital exhibit.
Mr. Caminis was a student in the DC area in 1963 and had happened to stay on campus for Thanksgiving week. Little did he know that he would have the priviledge of witnessing first-hand the Capitol's reaction to Kennedy's sudden death and funeral. You can read his description of the events on the exhibition page.
In addition to his photographs of the processions of Kennedy's casket by caisson on November 24th to the Capitol to for the lying-in state ceremony and from the Capitol on the 25th to his burial at Arlington Cemetery, Mr. Caminis saved newspaper and magazine publications from that week and beyond. The exhibition Kennedy's Assassination Remembered highlights these items from his personal collection.