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Rare and New Photos: President Kennedy Touring the U.S. in the Autumn of 1963


As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it is worth remembering that we are not just mourning a death but also celebrating a remarkable life.

Our friends at LIFE recently discovered in their archives a series of rare and never-published photographs of President Kennedy in the autumn of 1963, some taken the day of Kennedy’s assassination and others snapped in the weeks and months that preceded the murder.

They are portraits of a leader at the peak of his powers, and a lasting tribute to a presidency that was flourishing prior to Dealey Plaza.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 1963:

President Kennedy and Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman attend the dedication of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies, in Milford, PA.

SEPTEMBER 25, 1963:

John F. Kennedy speaks at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1963:

President Kennedy attends the dedication of California’s Whiskeytown Dam.


President Kennedy signs autographs. Location and date unknown.

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SEPTEMBER 28, 1963:

John F. Kennedy delivers remarks at the dedication of the Whiskeytown Dam in Shasta County, CA.

NOVEMBER 22, 1963:

John F. Kennedy speaks in Fort Worth, Texas, mere hours before his assassination. For more images from November 22, <a href="">both before and after Kennedy’s assassination, visit</a>