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November 20, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Kennedy Middle School
1309 Fort St.
Hays, KS 67601
$50 General Admission/$100 VIP
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JFK 60th Anniversary Banquet

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy visited Hays, Kansas, on November 20, 1959 during his campaign. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this event, the Ellis County Democratic Party will recreate the community activities that took place that day, including a banquet at the former Kennedy Middle School, known as Jefferson West in 1959.

Please join us for a dinner of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, & apple pie a la Democrat, as well as a presentation from Pulitzer-prize winning journalist & historian Thomas Oliphant, co-author of "The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-year Campaign."

In 1959, tickets were $10, which today would cost $88.
In addition to the banquet honoring the 60th anniversary of Kennedy's visit, Mr. Oliphant will hold a news conference that afternoon in the Memorial Union.

The evening before the banquet, at 7 PM, on November 19, there will be a panel discussion at the Fort Hays Ballroom on the FHSU campus focusing on Kennedy's trip to Kansas in 1959 & Norbert Dreiling's role. Panel members will include Dr. Burdett A. Loomis, political sicience professor emeritus at university of Kansas & noted historian of Kansas politics, John T. Bird, senior partner in the law firm of Glassman Bird Powell L.L.P. & a protege of Norbert Dreiling who has been involved with Kansas politics for several decades, & Randy Gonzales, who graduated from FHSU in May 2019 with a master's degree in History, & who wrote his thesis on Kennedy's trip to Kansas.

The panel discussion is FREE & open to the public.