To honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy 50 years after his assassination in Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections presents "Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK."
The free exhibit, which draws from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram photographic collection at UTA, documents the enthusiastic welcome the Kennedys received in Fort Worth prior to their Dallas visit. It opens September 9 and runs through February 8, 2014, at the UT Arlington Central Library.
Here, John F. Kennedy waves to the crowd outside Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963. Gov. John Connally is just behind JFK; State Sen. Don Kennard and his wife are at far left of photo.
Mrs. J. Lee (Ruth Carter) Johnson III and Mrs. Ted (Lucille) Weiner strap bronze owl sculpture by Pablo Picasso into car for trip to Hotel Texas for President John F. Kennedy's visit. The owl is owned by the Weiners.
President and Mrs. Kennedy shake hands in crowd just before leaving Carswell AFB on November 22, 1963.
Fort Worth schoolchildren wait beside route that President Kennedy's motorcade will take on its way to Carswell AFB as it leaves Fort Worth to fly to Dallas on November 22, 1963.
This photo captures a rare public moment of intimacy between President and Mrs. Kennedy, who are holding hands as they make their way across the tarmac at Carswell AFB, followed by Secret Service agents and U.S. Rep. Jim Wright.
Spectators line the streets as John F. Kennedy's motorcade leaves Fort Worth on November 22, 1963.
President Kennedy and wife Jackie, seated in their limousine and surrounded by reporters and photographers, Secret Service agents, and airport personnel, as their motorcade prepares to leave Love Field and make its way through downtown Dallas.
President Kennedy gets up close and personal with the parking lot crowd outside the Hotel Texas before delivering his brief speech.
“There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth!” – opening remarks by President Kennedy to the rain-soaked crowd in the Hotel Texas parking lot.
Lyndon B. Johnson's limousine parked outside Parkland Hospital in Dallas following John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.