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Ashe local collects JFK memorabilia

Wil Petty Staff Writer jpetty@civitasmedia.com

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It was Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated along a parade route in Dallas.


To remember the event, local auctioneer and antiques dealer Pete Eller has set up a display in the Museum of Ashe County History that displays Kennedy memorabilia.


“I have been collecting Kennedy (items) for about 35 years,” Eller said.


Inside the display are newspapers announcing the president’s assassination, campaign items and a lock of the President’s hair.


“People will call me that know I’m interested in (the Kennedy items) and know that I generally collect things,” Eller said.


Eller also has a booth at Antiques on Main in West Jefferson where he sells political and presidential items. He decided to make the display since this year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination.


“I hope people come out to look at the display and reflect on what it means to them,” he said. “They can recall what they were doing when he was assassinated, if they were alive at that time.”


Eller himself does not have a memory of the president, as he was too young to remember the event.


“When Kennedy was assassinated, I was a month and two days old,” he said. “I grew up learning about him and enjoying doing research on him. He was my favorite president.”


The display will remain at the museum through the first weekend in December. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.


“So far, the people that have been in have really enjoy the exhibit,” Eller said. “The exhibit turned out really nice.”

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