Jackie Kennedy's Never-Before-Seen Packing List for That Tragic Trip to Texas
Jacqueline Kennedy was well-prepared for her trip to Dallas in 1963, save for the fact that nothing could have prepared her for the events that unfolded during that fateful visit.
As the First Lady of the United States—and a noted fashion icon—Jackie had carefully planned the outfits and accessories she would wear as she escorted her husband, John F. Kennedy, on his trip to Dallas. She made careful note of the clothing, jewelry, shoes, and gloves that she would need for the events that had been planned for the president’s visit, including the pink and nay Chanel suit she wore for the motorcade through Dallas. She wrote it all down on a White House notepad for her personal assistant, Providencia Paredes, to pack for her. The four-page list was discovered in the home of a Virginia resident, the New York Times reports
The note was discovered by Gil Wells after he helped his 79-year-old godmother, who had dementia, move into his home in 2015. “I saw ‘Nov. 22’ and ‘pink and navy Chanel suit,’” he told the Times. “I just got the sickest feeling in my stomach.”
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Mr. Wells gave the hand-written notes to the United States government in March 2016 and they have been housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston ever since. The packing list was mistakenly kept off limits to the public until Wells asked the Times to look into them.
Now the public can see Jackie’s planned attire, including outfits that she planned to wear to events that never took place as they were scheduled for the days and nights that followed the assassination. Interested parties can see the packing list at the Times’ website.
As for that infamous Chanel suit, it has never been cleaned and, according to CNN, is currently being held by the National Archives who have agreed not to display in until 2103