For our new exhibit A Time For Greatness, The 1960 Kennedy Campaign, we’re getting talkative! Join members of our curatorial staff every other Friday at noon throughout the summer and fall for 30-minute informal Gallery Talks related to our exhibit. Talks are free with Museum admission or $5 if you just want to come for the talk and to see the exhibit. We kick off the series this Friday with Highlights from A Time For Greatness. Here are all the topics we’ll cover in our series:
Highlights from A Time for Greatness
June 10, June 23, July 22, September 30
Photographs and artifacts tell unique and sometimes surprising stories. Join our collections staff inside our new temporary exhibit as we highlight our favorite—and most interesting—objects and images from the 1960 campaign, including materials from Senator Kennedy’s visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September 1960.
When LBJ and Lady Bird Came to Dallas in 1960
July 8, September 16
In the final days of the 1960 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird were accosted by demonstrators while visiting Dallas. This incident gained national media attention at the time, and it would return immediately after the assassination in 1963 as a powerful example of the city’s volatile political atmosphere. Through photographs, newspaper accounts, and Museum oral histories, we will explore this extraordinary encounter at the Adolphus Hotel on November 4, 1960—the myth and the reality—and the long-term impact that this incident had on the public perception of Dallas, Texas.
1960 Campaign Wives
August 5, October 14
Mrs. Nixon and Mrs. Kennedy both supported their husbands as they campaigned for president but did so in very different ways. Mrs. Nixon accompanied her husband everywhere and he referred to her in almost every speech. Mrs. Kennedy hated campaigning and avoided it when possible – aided in part by her pregnancy. We will explore these two unique women and their personalities through film clips from the campaign trail as well as 1960 magazines and photographs from the Museum’s collections.
Coffee with the Curators
August 19, November 11
There is much more to the story of the 1960 campaign than we were able to tell in our A Time for Greatness exhibit. Join our curatorial staff for an informal question-and-answer session as we explore many of the topics touched on in the exhibit as well as new areas that our audience would like to discuss.
PT-109 and the 1960 Campaign
September 2, October 28
On August 2, 1943, Lt. John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one injured crewmember, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. This dramatic tale of World War II heroism framed Senator Kennedy’s political narrative as he ran for president in 1960. We will discuss the impact that the PT-109 story had on Kennedy’s life and career, including a special screening of a five-minute 1960 campaign commercial hosted by actor Henry Fonda.