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. 

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Kate Wells

As the Rhode Island Collection librarian at Providence Public Library, Kate Wells helps bring Rhode Island history to light by increasing access to the collection and providing research assistance to patrons. In the “Rhode Island Red” blog, Kate showcases interesting materials from the collection, provides research tip & techniques, and highlights local history. Feel free to contact her if you have any Rhode Island related questions; she is always happy to help. Email:


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