Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House

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"In 1961, an unusual partnership was formed when the youngest First Lady in American history, Jacqueline Kennedy, appointed a reserved octogenarian collector from Delaware, Henry Francis du Pont, to lead her project to restore the White House interiors. Together, they transformed the White House from a mere public residence into a museum...For the first time, the story of this historic partnership will be told at Winterthur, the inspiration for Mrs. Kennedy’s project. Through artifacts, archives, and images, this exhibition will invite visitors to experience the behind-the-scenes collaboration between the two during this captivating period in American history." --- Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library

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About the Presenter

Kim Collison is Curator of Exhibitions at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. In her time at Winterthur, she has worked in both collections planning and exhibitions and has led the organization of exhibitions and gallery rotations for the past six years. Most recently, she has overseen the development and installation of Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House. In 2021, she led a team of Winterthur staff in the creation of its 70th anniversary installation, Outside In: Nature-inspired Design at Winterthur, which will serve as an introductory gallery for the next several years.

Prior to coming to Winterthur, she worked in member engagement at the Decorative Arts Trust. She began her career as a high school English teacher and while teaching earned her master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College.


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