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Creating Camelot exhibit comes to Omaha's Durham Museum

Feb 19, 2016

A new exhibit at Omaha’s Durham Museum takes you in to the personal life and presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy.

It’s called Creating Camelot. The Washington, D.C., based Newseum is home to the exhibit. The 200 photos were taken by the Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, of the former President, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children.

Indira Williams Babic, director of photography for the Newseum, says the photos show how the Kennedys carefully crafted their image, from the early days of the Presidential campaign to life in the White House.

"Right around the time when John Kennedy decided that he would explore the idea of becoming a presidential candidate, he started gathering this number of photographs to craft his political image, photographs of himself and of his family, which is something that really wasn’t done before that."

The 200 photos were restored from 40,000 images Lowe took of the Kennedy family. Newseum curators had to restore the photos from contact sheets after the original negatives were lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Creating Camelot is on display at the Durham through May 8. More information is available at www.durhammuseum.org.