Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning President Kennedy's remarks to the Business and Special Gifts Committee of the National Cultural Center (later known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) in the State Dining Room of the White House. In his speech the President explains the necessity to promote American arts and culture, noting that the proposed Center will unite the nation's citizens, encourage artistic growth, and serve as a symbol of American culture to international visitors. Materials in this folder include a press copy of the speech, in addition to a list of dinner guests and a memorandum of suggested remarks from Kirk LeMoyne "Lem" Billings, a close friend and associate of President Kennedy.