New JFK Tribute combines public art and local memories

JFK Tribute in downtown Fort Worth

JFK Tribute in downtown Fort Worth (Photo by Stephanie Stegman)

JFK now stands in downtown Fort Worth. Or, at least, his statue does.

Recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about the new JFK Tribute, an open air, permanent exhibit and website that pays tribute to President John F. Kennedy and the final two speeches he gave on the morning of November 22, 1963. My latest article on The Ultimate History Project talks about that day and the development of the project, done in part by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

I was surprised to learn about all the North Texas connections to this national story. It’s a timely topic with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination later this year. One of the upcoming events will be the bringing back together of a special art collection, Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, to be shown at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

Watch the video interviews on the JFK Tribute’s website, and then you’ll understand why I enjoyed finding this copy of Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign song, based on Frank Sinatra’s hit “High Hopes.”

Want to find more of Kennedy’s or other presidential speeches and public statements? Check out the JFK Presidential Library and Museum and The American Presidency Project.

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Cowtown to host the Texas State Historical Association

Will Rogers Coliseum

Will Rogers Memorial Center is located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The Art Deco building is home of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

As the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo winds down at the end of this week, the Texas State Historical Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting will be here before we know it. The meeting is always held the week of the anniversary of Texas’ independence from Mexico — March 2, 1836. And this year, it will be here in Fort Worth!

Known as “Where the West Begins,” Fort Worth is home to great art and its share of history, including the Historic Stockyards. Whether in town or not, check out Fort Worth’s new JFK Tribute to President Kennedy and the final speeches that he gave the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.

Early registration for the 2013 TSHA meeting ends February 8th. The full program (with some great images from the Tarrant County Archives) is available on the TSHA website.

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