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Speaker Series- Designing Camelot: Refining History for the Presidency of John F. Kennedy

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October 11, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM

Join the Lewes Historical Society's new Executive Director, James Arthur Abbott, at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center on Friday October 11th, at 7 pm for Designing Camelot: Refining History for the Presidency of John F. Kennedy.

In this illustrated talk, Mr. Abbott will introduce the important role history played in validating the administration and ambitions of America’s youngest elected president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Mr. Abbott will concentrate on the well-publicized, as well as strategic efforts of the president’s wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, in redefining the presidential residence as a quasi-museum of American culture and achievement. Mr. Abbott will knit an engaging narrative of the antics of many behind-the-scene players, including Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont, and interior designers Sister Parish of New York, and Frenchman Stèphane Boudin. The talk will also touch upon how restoration and preservation became synonymous with the American Presidency following President Kennedy’s November 1963 assassination - affording encouragement of independent efforts around the country, including the Lewes Historical Society.

This topic was the subject of a 1998 book, Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, co-authored by Mr. Abbott with Elaine Rice Bachmann, and is schedule to be republished in 2021 by Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library and the White House Historical Association.

This event begins at 7:00 pm at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at the Lewes History Museum and will be followed by a "Meet and Greet" with James Abbott.

Each month, a different speaker presents and topics vary. These events are FREE and do not require a reservation.

For more information on Speaker Series, click here.