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This photo of Lyndon B. Johnson and John Kennedy is one of 80 images by Kennedy family photographer Jacques Lowe that will be exhibited in San Marcos starting in October as part of a series of events benefiting True Vineyard Ministries. In addition to the photographs — many of which have never been viewed publicly — the exhibition will include 30 unique artifacts including the lead car from JFK’s inaugural parade and his private sailboat.

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With the 50th anniversary of president John F. Kennedy’s assassination on the horizon, True Vineyard Ministries and prolific Kennedy collector Frank Harvey are teaming up to bring a rare collection to San Marcos that will give viewers a taste of mythical Camelot.

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“Remembering Camelot Through the Lens of Jacques Lowe: The Private Collection of Frank Harvey” will provide three separate opportunities to catch a glimpse into the years that are treasured as a pivotal time in American history, the most comprehensive of which will take place on Sat., Nov. 16 at Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in San Marcos. A preview showing of a limited portion of the collection will take place at Texas State University’s Alkek Library from Oct. 1 – Nov. 9 and a public viewing of the photography portion from the collection will take place on Sun., Nov. 17.

The Camelot Reception and Full Exhibit on Nov. 16 will feature nearly 80 images, as well as more than 30 unique artifacts and memorabilia and from the private collection of Frank Harvey of Houston. Many of the images, captured by JFK’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, have never been viewed by the public.

In addition, The Camelot Reception will offer an evening of Kennedy-era- inspired hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, keynote speakers and an opportunity to view the rarest items of Harvey’s extensive collection, including the lead car from JFK’s inaugural parade. A unique silent auction will include a variety of truly one-of-a-kind Kennedy-centric items, as well as a trip for two to Rwanda personally guided by True Vineyard Founder and Executive Director Diana Wiley.

The Oct. 1 – Nov. 9 preview limited showing at Texas State University’s Alkek Library prior to the event will prominently feature Lyndon Baines Johnson, JFK’s vice president, and Texas State’s most famous alumnus.

The final opportunity to view the collection will take place on Sun., Nov. 17 via a public viewing of the photography portion of the exhibit from the Camelot Reception. Admission to the viewing is $25 per person.

Tickets to the Camelot Reception and Full Exhibit cost $250 per person and are now on sale. All funds raised from this distinctive series of events will support True Vineyard Ministries and its inspirational work with Rwanda’s recovery.

One of the enduring legacies of the Kennedy presidency is the effort to find mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations and cultures. True Vineyard Ministries’ work in Rwanda is the embodiment of the Kennedy philosophy living on half-a-century after his death.

“As honorary chair of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, I champion our host, True Vineyard Ministries, in furthering its tireless work in Rwanda,” said Eleanor Crook, whose late husband was the U.S. Ambassador to Australia during the Johnson administration. “It is with great pride that I quote the words of JFK, ‘One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.’”

San Marcos-based True Vineyard Ministries helps the widows of the 1994 Rwandan genocide through programs like Handspun Hope, which gives women merino sheep form which they produce organically dyed yarn. The nonprofit also sells handmade jewelry and textiles at The Vineyard Marketplace, a fair trade African boutique at 317 W. San Antonio Street in San Marcos.

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