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JFK exhibit at the Newseum is a huge draw

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As the nation prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Newseum is offering a chance to delve back into his life.

There are two new exhibits there and an original documentary chronicling Kennedy's life and death.

In the exhibit called Creating Camelot, there are iconic, unforgettable images of the nation's 35th president.

The photos of Kennedy and his glamorous family -- taken by his personal photographer Jacques Lowe -- are the centerpiece of the Newseum's new JFK exhibits.

Two prominent newsmen, Nick Clooney and NBC's Tom Brokaw, were invited to share their personal reflections of the Kennedy presidency.

"In reference to that day, the 22nd of November 1963, I was leaning over the UPI machine ready to rip the wires since I was doing the news the next day and the day after," Clooney recalled.

At a station in Omaha, Neb., Brokaw had just finished his broadcasts of the day when the news broke.

"Bells began to sound and I couldn't believe what I was reading about the events today in Dallas," Brokaw remembers.

A life-changing moment for both journalists who just months before had covered the president's ground breaking speech at American University.

Kennedy laid out his strategy for peace and five months later, he was dead.

"I remember vividly thinking this is going to change us,” says Brokaw. “I don't know how, but this is going to make America a different place. This just doesn't happen.”

Brokaw couldn't have been more accurate. The day did change the country forever.

In the Newseum's other JFK exhibit called Three Shots Were Fired, never before seen artifacts are on display, like shooter Lee Harvey Oswald's mugshot and wallet, and the gun the Secret Service agent was using as he climbed into the presidential limo seconds after the shots were fired.

They are memories Brokaw says he will never forget.

"I've often said, my life was changed that day," Brokaw says.

Remembering JFK runs through January 15, 2014.

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