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This photo of John Kennedy is one of 80 images by Kennedy family photographer Jacques Lowe to be exhibited in San Marcos starting Oct. 1 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.

This photo of John Kennedy is one of 80 images by Kennedy family photographer Jacques Lowe to be exhibited in San Marcos starting Oct. 1 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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As a teenager who worked on the Kennedy campaign in 1960, Houston resident Frank Harvey became a lover of all things related to JFK. In the 1990s, he began what is now a very serious collection of JFK artifacts and memorabilia that naturally led him to reach out to Jacques Lowe, JFK’s personal photographer.

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» For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call 512-665-3393 or visit rememberingcamelot.com.

“By 1995, we had become close friends, and I began advising him in the content of his rare portfolio collections,” Harvey said. “Jacques traveled to see me in Houston and met members of my family and company as we continued to make selections for his books.”

Lowe’s portraiture was instrumental in establishing the Kennedy family’s Camelot image that is cherished as a nostalgic American era. His images of the Kennedy family first emerged during JFK’s campaign for Senator and continued through his early years as the United States’ 35th President.

Negatives to Lowe’s photographs were stored in a bank vault at the World Trade Center and destroyed in the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, Harvey holds the most extensive collection of Kennedy artifacts, including several of Lowe’s rare prints.

“Over the years the relationship [with Frank Harvey] grew into a friendship – a trusting relationship,” Lowe said in an interview prior to his 2001 death. “Today, Frank has the most important collection of my work. Not just photographs but books, posters and other things I’ve done. This is the most important collection of my work.”

Harvey will soon bring a portion of his collection to San Marcos. Remembering Camelot through the Lens of Jacques Lowe – the Private Collection of Frank Harvey is a once-in-a-lifetime display, and proceeds from two of the events will benefit True Vineyard Ministries, a non-profit organization that empowers Rwandan widows that were left behind in the 100-day genocide of the 1990s. Harvey’s cousin, Diana Wiley, founded the ministry after hearing a heart-felt testimony at her church that moved her to take action.

The following opportunities will provide a chance to catch a glimpse into this important part of American history:

Oct. 1 – Nov. 9 | Free

Texas State University’s Alkek Library

  • Preview showing of a limited portion of the collection on display

Saturday, Nov. 16 | $250

Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in San Marcos

  • Full exhibit, featuring approximately 80 images, as well as more than 30 unique artifacts from the private collection of Harvey (including the lead car from JFK’s inaugural parade)
  • Many never-before-seen images
  • Kennedy-era inspired hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails
  • Keynote speakers
  • Unique silent auction, including a trip to Rwanda personally guided by Diana Wiley

Sunday, Nov. 17 | $25

Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in San Marcos

  • A public viewing of the photography portion from the collection

For more information about Remembering Camelot through the lens of Jacques Lowe – the Private Collection of Frank Harvey, visit www.RememberingCamelot.com.

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