23 February 2011

silent color film of jfk at rice hotel houston 21 november 1963

roy botello film

The Rice Hotel in Houston was the second stop of a planned five-city Texas visit that was to have finished at a fund-raiser dinner in Austin. The Kennedy assassination happened in Dallas the next day.

Shortly before 9 p.m. in the hotel's grand ballroom, President Kennedy spoke to a group of several hundred from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He then introduced First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy who spoke, without notes, in Spanish. The room erupted in cheers of "olé."

The film was recently donated to the Museum by Roy Botello who, at the time, served as the first Scholarship Corporation Chairman of LULAC in San Antonio. He brought along his home movie camera that evening and captured silent color film of the Kennedy arrival, welcoming dignitaries, a mariachi band and both Kennedys addressing the crowd. ~ read more and watch a higher quality version