The Kennedy years saw our nation attain great heights and face unbearable tragedy; the young energetic president and his glamorous clan stirred passions across America in unprecedented ways. “The Fading Light of Camelot” is an exhibition at The Oregon Historical Society’s “Windows on America”. It includes original letters, artwork, photographs, and documents, on display to the public for the first time.
In the private sphere, JFK reveals himself in his original watercolor of the Kennedy home, words of appreciation for the comfort offered him on the death of an infant son, and his heartfelt expressions of condolence to a widow after the lynching of her activist husband.
The more public Kennedy can be seen in his musings on the night of his nomination, and letters regarding the deteriorating situation in Vietnam, and his historic trips to Ireland and Berlin. The terrible end is bracketed by a newspaper he signed on the morning of November 22, 1963 – likely the last thing signed by the 35th president before he was shot and killed; an iconic photo of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One; and the next morning’s headline: “Kennedy Slain on Dallas Street.”
If the glamour of Camelot or the legacy of JFK captivate your interest, this exhibition is not to be missed.