JFK remembered: Museum, theater partner for events to mark life of Kennedy

In 1959, more than 135,000 people gathered in the small town of Crowley to hear from the young senator from Massachusetts.

It was the International Rice Festival and it’s where John F. Kennedy would informally kick off his presidential campaign.

Author Leo Honeycutt will tell how it all unfolded at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

Honeycutt’s free lecture is part of a partnership between the museum and the Manship Theatre to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

“Leo is working on a book about Kennedy’s campaign in Louisiana,” says Julie Rose, the museum’s director. “He’ll discuss his research for his book in the lecture, ‘Remembering President John F. Kennedy: Campaign Journey.”

Afterward, visitors can tour “Capturing Camelot: The Kennedy Years” an exhibit of Stanley Tetrick’s photos that document the Kennedy family from the beginning of the campaign through 1963.

The museum will give out coupons for free popcorn, which can be used for admission to either the 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. screenings of the film “Parkland” at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

“Parkland” recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The movie is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book, “Four Days In November.”

Without the coupon, admission to the film is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for students and seniors.

Theater ticket can be used for free admission to see ‘Capturing Camelot’ at the museum, Rose says.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 29. For more information, call (225) 336-2422 or visit westbatonrougemuseum.org.

For movie tickets, call (225) 334-0334 or visit manshiptheatre.org.