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Forum News Service, Published November 21 2013

State exhibit features JFK visits to North Dakota

BISMARCK – An interactive touch table exhibit commemorating John F. Kennedy’s visits to North Dakota is featured in the lobby of the North Dakota Heritage Center on the state Capitol grounds here.

The exhibit, “JFK & North Dakota: 50 Years Later,” opened Tuesday and showcases the State Archives collection of photographs, documents, news clippings and video footage of Kennedy’s time in the state.

Kennedy visited North Dakota five times from 1958 to 1963, both as a senator and president of the United States. His final visit as president was Sept. 25, 1963, when he spoke at the University of North Dakota.

Video footage of Kennedy’s UND speech, as well as other rare videos and images from his visits to Dickinson, Bismarck, Jamestown, Fargo and Grand Forks, are on display for the first time.

“JFK & North Dakota” is the first exhibit of the State Historical Society of North Dakota produced on an interactive multitouch table. The computerized touch table allows users to easily search through documents, view photos and watch video images. With a light tap or simple sweeping hand motion, visitors can view photos and documents, and turn the pages of a large digital scrapbook of JFK news clips.