Allison-Antrim Museum exhibit: Where were you Nov. 22, 1963?

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago.  Kennedy’s assassination and presidency will be remembered and commemorated in a special exhibit in the South Exhibit Bay in the German bank barn at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The photograph is from the collections of The Library of Congress.  There are no known restrictions on publication.

Where were you on Pearl Harbor Day?  Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?  Where were you Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated?  This Nov. 22 will mark 50 years since President Kennedy was shot and killed. Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, will remember and commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination and his presidency through newspaper articles, books, magazines, posters and photographs. There will be a chance for visitors to share where they were on Nov. 22, 1963. The November rotating exhibit will open in the South Exhibit Bay in the German bank barn Nov. 1 and will close Nov. 22.

It was the early 60s. The 1960 election was Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon. It was the first time presidential debates were televised. The majority of Americans watched black and white televisions. John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic to run for president of the United States. In his inaugural speech, he said, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”  In 1960, Kennedy was the youngest man elected to the United States’ highest office. It was a time and an era that changed a generation for the rest of their lives. The U.S. space program really took off and the Peace Corp was begun. America fell in love with the First Lady, Jacqueline “Jackie”.  The President was referred to as “The man who accompanied Jackie Kennedy to France.” The Kennedy administration and years were dubbed “Camelot.”  Regardless of  political preference in the early 60s, everyone fell in love with Caroline and John John, the Kennedy children.

Headlines during the Kennedy administration included: The Cuban missile crisis; The Bay of Pigs; Vietnam; Khrushchev, Castro and Diem.  Memories from those five days in November are: Dallas, Texas and the Old Book Depository; an open convertible; pink suit; the Secret Service; Lee Harvey Oswald; Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963; Vice President Johnson and Lady Bird; and President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The museum is open weekdays, Monday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9325.