A Day in Dallas: A look at the largest JFK memorabilia collection in the state

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Roscoe Illinois is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago and home to the Historic Auto Museum, which is home to one of the largest Kennedy artifact collection in the world.

Wayne Lensing opened his museum in 2001 and focused on cars.  It is a car that started his Kennedy collection. Known as the Queen Mary 2, it is the ‘56 Cadillac the Secret Service rode behind President Kennedy in Dallas Texas on November 22nd 1963.

It is the center piece of Lensing’s exhibit entitled Kennedy: Day in Dallas, a diorama he painstakingly put together following a trip to that fateful spot.

“I stood on the x, the historical marking is on the road right on the street there where Kennedy got assassinated,” Lensing said.  “I stood there and shot right under the underpass so I could get the perfect view.”

The car and the scene was just the beginning .  More than 400 pieces of memorabilia revolving around President Kennedy are on display.

Iconic photos, clothes worn by the First Family on display, including more than a dozen gowns worn by Jackie Kennedy , and the top from the cake that marked President Kennedy’s 45th birthday, are all part of the exhibit.

Also included, pieces of bloody upholstery from the president’s car following his assassination and a section of the wooden fence from the grassy knoll.  They were sent to Lensing from the Conspiracy Museum in Dallas.

While lensing has acquired most of his Kennedy memorabilia through auction houses, his collection continues to grow as more collectors recognize him as a true Kennedy aficionado.


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