American Women!
A Celebration of Our History
April 22 -- October 29, 2000

First Lady and Historic Preservationist


"If you bungle raising your children, nothing else matters in life."


She was First Lady for only a thousand days, but Jackie Kennedy will always hold a special place in our hearts. It all began with her 1953 marriage to the dashing senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy. As a couple they epitomized the arrival of a new generation of American leadership; their years in the White House have been immortalized as "Camelot."

As First Lady, Jackie organized receptions and dinners notable for their elegance. Her streamlined gowns and suits sent fashion spinning. She created a Fine Arts Committee to assist her in documenting and renovating the décor of the White House. Her television tour introduced 80 million Americans to the White House and won her an Emmy Award.

Her courage and dignity in the wake of her husband's assassination touched the soul of the nation. The public may have resented her second marriage to Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1968, but again she was widowed. In later years, Kennedy devoted herself to raising her two children and to a wide variety of social causes.



Historic Artifacts:

GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD to CBS for the televised White House tour hosted by Jackie Kennedy. Charles Collinwood send the award to Kennedy.
AWARD to Kennedy for her support of the Ebony Fashion Fair, 1963
SILVER SCULPTURE of a man on a horse, given to Kennedy from the Director of the National Horse Show in Pakistan, 1962
WOOD INLAYS of Magi on a Camel, based on Kennedy's 1963 Christmas card design
PAINTING (photo of) by Edward Lehman's Red Room, with signatures. Used by the Kennedys for their 1962 Christmas card design
COLOR PHOTO of Kennedy hunting on horseback in Virginia, 1961
PHOTO of Jack and Jackie Kennedy in Paris
PHOTO of the Kennedy family leaving the Capitol after the funeral ceremony for John F. Kennedy
-- On loan from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library-Museum, Boston MA

LETTER from Jackie Kennedy to Herbert Hoover regarding their meeting in New York, 2-16-64
-- From the collections of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch IA

COLOR PHOTO of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Jacque Lowe
-- Purchased from

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