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January 20, 2023 - March 18, 2023
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Exhibitions are on view during regular gallery hours Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt Street

Athens, GA 30601
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"Collections from our Community Cathy Padgett’s Jackie O Book Collection" at Lyndon House Arts Center

Friday, January 20, 2023

The Lyndon House Arts Center’s Collections from our Community features unique collections of objects found in the closets, cabinets, shelves of Athens-area citizens. On January 20, 2023, we have the pleasure of hosting Cathy Padgett’s collection of books about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.    

Cathy’s interest with the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis started at an early age having watched a TV movie about President Kennedy.  After a multitude of questions, Cathy’s mother suggested she look Jackie up in the encyclopedia. Cathy fondly reminds us there was no Google search at the time!

“Over the years, I have added dozens of books to my collection.  Some were written by former Kennedy staff members, some by historians, and some by folks who never met Jackie.  Many of the books are really amazing and informative, while others were more like gossip.   As a History major at the University of Georgia, I took every opportunity to make Jackie the subject of my research papers.  I could write pages on her impact on the American fashion industry, her work on restoring the White House, her influence on the arts, her support of historic preservation, and her role in developing the John F. Kennedy Library. “ – Cathy Padgett

Cathy Padgett serves as the Community Outreach Program Specialist for the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department.  A native Athenian, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History.  When not building her book collection you will find her antiquing, watching college football, or deciding the next documentary to watch.

We are pleased to host Cathy Padgett for a collectors talk on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.

All exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public.  Exhibitions are on view during regular gallery hours Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call 706 613 3623, or visit  Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt Street, is a facility of the Leisure Services Department. 

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