by Rakks | November 22nd, 2013
50 years ago today, the Kennedy’s motorcade made its way through the crowded streets of Dallas. The president and first lady flashed their signature smiles from the backseat of a Lincoln Continental convertible. The camaraderie turned to tragedy when the unthinkable happened and one of the most popular presidents in history, known for his vision and boyish charm, was no more.
For 23 years, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, has kept conversation alive about the Kennedy assassination, with resources and historical materials that foster understanding about Kennedy and the conspiracy surrounding that fateful day in November. Rakks supports the Sixth Floor Museum and preserves Kennedy’s legacy with shelving installations in the museum that house the treasures and artifacts that keep Kennedy’s legacy and vision alive.
Constructed in 1901, the red brick building on the corner of Houston and Elm Street, known as the Texas School Book Depository became the focal point of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Evidence found showed the shots that killed the President were fired from the sixth floor. On President’s Day 1989, The Sixth Floor Museum opened on its namesake floor as a response to the many visitors who flock to Dealey Square to learn more about the assassination. Visitors travel back in time in two key evidentiary areas which have been carefully restored to their 1963 appearance. The Museum contains thought provoking exhibits and photographs, a reading/research room and a store and café. Rakks anodized aluminum shelving is configured to display merchandise in the Museum store and is also used in the Reading Room to house the museum’s iconic book collection.
The café and store designed by Manask & Associates are the most recent additions to the museum, opening in early summer 2010, and feature an array of books and collectibles. Joining a long list of notable museums that have turned to Rakks including MoMA and The Senator John Heinz History Center, The Sixth Floor Museum Store takes full advantage of Rakks architecturally savvy product line. Rakks shelving systems are used for the display of apparel, accessories and memorabilia in the store and Rakks glass and aluminum shelving compliment the open, loft-style space created by Corgan Associates. In the Reading Room, countless JFK books, magazines, newspapers, and videos fill Rakks aluminum shelving, the elegant lines of the shelves allowing natural light to fill the room.
In a tribute to the nation’s 35th president, a project presented by the JFK Library recently launched on Twitter, twitter.com/kennedy1960,will chronicle Kennedy’s historic campaign to office. Creativity-Online explains tweets will include links to classic photos and advertisements from the campaign as well as memorable quotes. Between the JFK Library and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Kennedy’s legacy has been carried forward for future generations to be able to experience a true symbol of Americana. Be sure to follow the Kennedy campaign as well as Rakks on Twitter for more information.