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2014

“The City of Hate”?
Film Screening and Discussion, featuring Quin Mathews and Bill Minutaglio
April 12, 2014

Did Dallas deserve the moniker, “The City of Hate” following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963? Did the city’s pockets of extremism and paranoia of the time create an atmosphere where assassination of the president was possible? View the documentary, “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination,” by longtime Dallas resident,  journalist and filmmaker Quin Mathews, then stay for a more in-depth discussion between Mathews and Bill Minutaglio, co-author of “Dallas 1963,” named one of the top non-fiction books of 2013.

Living History with Julian Read
Governor Connally Press Aide
April 5, 2014

As press aide to Governor John Connally in 1963, Read was traveling with the presidential party in Dallas. He was with Connally and his wife, Nellie, throughout the ordeal and later wrote about his experience in JFK’s Final Hours in Texas (2013).

Living History with Kari-Mette Pigmans

Pan Am Stewardess
March 29, 2014

Pigmans was a Pan Am stewardess aboard the White House press plane in the early 1960s and had met President Kennedy several times. She was at Dallas Love Field at the time of the assassination. While in Dallas, Ms. Pigmans will also participate in a charity luncheon sponsored by World Wings International, an organization of former Pan Am flight attendants. The event will benefit SafeHaven Tarrant County

CSI Family Day
An Afternoon of Modern-Day Crime Solving
March 9, 2014

The eighth annual CSI Family Day at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, set for Sunday, March 9, 2014, will give aspiring crime scene investigators a chance to learn modern investigative techniques for solving crime. Visitors will investigate a mock crime scene, receive a police report about what happened, and perform forensic analysis at evidence stations. The event is suitable for children eight years and older, their parents and anyone interested in crime scene investigation and analysis.

Living History with Rio Sam Pierce
Dallas Police Officer
March 1, 2014

A Dallas police officer for 27 years, Pierce was in charge of basement security on the day of Lee Harvey Oswald’s scheduled transfer to the Dallas County Jail. Pierce drove his vehicle up the Main Street ramp at the same time that some believe Jack Ruby gained access to the basement.

From Outsider to Insider
Presented by Sixth Floor Museum Curator Gary Mack
February 20, 2014

As part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s 25th anniversary commemoration, longtime curator Gary Mack will provide an inside look at the early days of the Museum. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Assassination and Commemoration
Presented by Sixth Floor Museum Associate Curator Stephen Fagin
February 20, 2014

As part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s 25th anniversary commemoration, associate curator Stephen Fagin will present a history of the Museum based on his recent book, “Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.” The presentation will be held on the Museum’s seventh floor and is included with Museum admission. Fagin will sign copies of his book in the Museum Bookstore following the presentation.

When Life Strikes the White House
Capstone Presentation by Ambassador Karen Hughes
February 19, 2014

Close out the daylong symposium, “When Life Strikes the White House: Death, Scandal, Illness and the Responsibilities of a President," with Ambassador Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Hughes is a trusted counselor to corporate, nonprofit and political leaders providing strategic communications, corporate positioning and messaging advice. The lecture will be presented at the George W. Bush Institute Auditorium.

When Life Strikes the White House
Death, Scandal, Illness and the Responsibilities of a President Symposium
February 19, 2014

Americans demand much from their presidents. They practically require them to be superhuman no matter the circumstance. Yet they are also human, and sometimes, life strikes even the White House. This full-day symposium explores the way that crises have affected presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Bill Clinton. The symposium will be held at the Bob Hope Theatre at The Owen Arts Center at Southern Methodist University.

When Life Strikes the White House
Keynote Lecture by Richard Reeves
February 18, 2014

Join us as we kick off the symposium, "When Life Strikes the White House: Death, Scandal, Illness and the Responsibilities of a President," with a keynote lecture at The Sixth Floor Museum featuring syndicated columnist and lecturer Richard Reeves. Reeves is currently a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and is the author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power.

Living History with Eddie Griffin
Civil Rights Activist
February 8, 2014

A Fort Worth native, Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on November 21, 1963. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Griffin traveled across the country and became active with the Black Panthers.

Living History with Maurice “Mickey” Carroll
New York Herald Tribune Reporter
January 10, 2014

A reporter for the New York Herald Tribune in 1963, Carroll covered the scene at Dallas police headquarters and witnessed the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. He co-wrote attorney Melvin Belli’s Dallas Justice (1964).

2013

Encore Performance of "Soundings: One Red Rose" by Steven Mackey
Featuring the Brentano String Quartet
November 24, 2013

The Nasher Sculpture Center will present an encore performance of its commemorative Soundings concert, One Red Rose, on the seventh floor of The Sixth Floor Museum. One Red Rose was written by internationally renowned composer Steven Mackey for the Brentano String Quartet in honor of the anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. It was commissioned by the Nasher with Carnegie Hall (New York, NY) and Yellow Barn (Putney, VT). A discussion with the audience will follow. The title of the piece comes from a blood-soaked red rose that had fallen from the bouquet that former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had been carrying.

Author Series with Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
Book Signing
November 23, 2013

Meet author and former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill and co-author Lisa McCubbin as they sign their new book, Five Days in November. They will be appearing on the Museum’s seventh floor.

Preview Screening of "Letters to Jackie"
Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center
November 14, 2013

Letters to Jackie by Academy Award-winning director Bill Couturie shares the legacy of a fallen president and captures the grief of a nation through letters sent to Jackie Kennedy in the days and months following the assassination. The letters are voiced by award-winning actors including Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, Channing Tatum and others. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will give a special welcome and introduction. The screening will be followed by a brief panel discussion with the film’s director. Presenting partners are the Dallas Film Society, The Sixth Floor Museum and The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The event is free and will be held at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas.

World Premiere Screening of "CAPTURING OSWALD"

Texas Theatre
November 11, 2013
CAPTURING OSWALD explores the assassination of President John F. Kennedy through the eyes of the men who caught Oswald – the officers of the Dallas Police Department. In less than 90 minutes, DPD officers arrested JFK’s suspected killer, but many accuse the DPD of botching the investigation. Now we hear from the men who were on the frontlines and executed the greatest manhunt in American history.  Directed by Alan Martin and produced by Kate Griendling, granddaughter of Jim Leavelle, the homicide detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot him.  A panel discussion featuring Leavelle, Griendling and Gary Mack will follow. Presented by Military Channel, Discovery Studios, Dish and The Sixth Floor Museum.

Author Series with Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Program and Book Signing
November 10, 2013

Writers Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Dallas 1963, an in-depth exploration of the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. Moderator will be KERA’s Jerome Weeks. The program will be held on the Museum’s seventh floor.

Preview Screening of "JFK: One PM Central Standard Time"

In partnership with KERA
November 10, 2013

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time tells the riveting story of the reporting of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York, from the moment President Kennedy was shot until anchorman Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at One PM Central Standard Time. The program features rarely seen archives of President Kennedy and Cronkite and moving memories from the producers, writers and reporters who were there that day, including Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Marvin Kalb and Marianne Means. It is narrated by George Clooney. A preview will be presented on The Sixth Floor Museum’s seventh floor; a Q&A will follow, presented by The Sixth Floor Museum’s curator, Gary Mack.

2013 Living History Series – Bill and Gayle Newman (with sons Clayton and Bill)
November 9, 2013
The Newmans were the closest civilian eyewitnesses to President Kennedy at the time of the fatal shot and were interviewed on TV immediately after the assassination. This will be the first time all four family members have appeared together.

Author Series with Julian Read

Program and Book Signing
November 8, 2013
In 1963, Julian Read was the media representative for Governor John Connally, host of President Kennedy’s November visit to Texas. Read will discuss his new book, JFK’s Final Hours in Texas, in which he documents not only the immediate agony endured by the people in the epicenter of the tragedy, but also the continuing experience of a wounded community recovering from its aftermath.  

Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas

Presented by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
November 2, 2013
After a half century, is Dallas’ catharsis complete or is it still in process? This daylong symposium for all of Dallas citizens will contemplate and attempt to measure the impact of John F. Kennedy’s assassination from four perspectives: Journalism, Politics, Art and the Humanities, and Religion. Presented at the South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas. Program partners include The Dallas Morning News, KERA TV and KERA 90.1 FM, the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT, the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

 

Why Storytelling Matters
Presented by The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism
November 1, 2013
Journalists share the stage with eyewitnesses who gave oral histories after the tragedy to discuss how original accounts have changed over the years. Some of the Sixth Floor Museum’s extensive archive of oral histories will be featured. Panelists will include The Dallas Morning News' David Tarrant interviewing eyewitness Bob Miller, who was the paper's city editor at the time, and remembers the "City of Hate" stigma; and the paper’s Dianne Solis talking to Albert Valtierra, a member of The Mexican American Historical League about the Viva Kennedy clubs. Presented in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. 

Images that Shape History
Presented by The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism
November 1, 2013
Photojournalists whose iconic images of tragic events share what it's like to witness history through a camera lens, reflect on why their images have proved so enduring, and offer insight on why pictures have so much power to shape our understanding of tragedy. Panelists include Bob Jackson, formerly of The Dallas Times-Herald, who witnessed the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald and took Pulitzer Prize-winning photos of the events that day, and John Moore of Getty Images, an Irving native who photographed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. A third Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Kim Komenich, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle and now at San Jose State University, will moderate. Presented in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Documentary Screening: The Kennedy Half Century
Angelika Film Center
October 31, 2013
The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy is a compelling television documentary that tells the story of how John F. Kennedy's life and administration, as well as his tragic death on November 22, 1963, have influenced the general public, the media and every president who has followed him. Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth at the Angelika Film Center (5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas).

Author Series with Dr. Larry Sabato
Book Signing
October 30, 2013
Meet author and celebrated political scientist Dr. Larry Sabato as he signs his new book, The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy.

The Kennedy Half Century with Dr. Larry Sabato,
Presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth

Dallas City Performance Hall
October 28, 2013
On the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Dr. Larry J. Sabato explores the fascinating and powerful influence Kennedy has had over five decades on the media, the public, and his presidential successors. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, was a teenager in the early 1960s and was  inspired by JFK and his presidency. The program will be held at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas.

LIFE: The Day Kennedy Died
Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Contributors
October 26, 2013
Dick Stolley, Bob Sullivan, Jim Baker and Alexandra Zapruder will discuss and sign copies of their new book, LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment. A book signing will follow.

Author Series with Tina Towner Pender
Discussion and Book Signing
October 26, 2013
Assassination eyewitness Tina Towner Pender will discuss and sign copies of her book, Tina Towner: My Story as the Youngest Photographer at the Kennedy Assassination.

Author Series with Bob Huffaker, George Phenix, Bill Mercer and Wes Wise
Program and Book Signing
October 19, 2013
Former KRLD journalists Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer and Wes Wise, will be joined by former KRLD photographer George Phenix as they discuss memories of covering the Kennedy assassination in a new edition of their book, When the News Went Live: Dallas, 1963. A book signing will follow.

Preview of American Experience’s JFK, in Partnership with KERA
Studio Movie Grille
October 17, 2013
KERA, in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum, will present a public pre-screening of the first hour of JFK, a new American Experience documentary, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by KERA’s Jeff Whittington. Panelists include American Experience executive producer Mark Samuels and JFK filmmaker Susan Bellows. It will be held at Studio Movie Grille, 11170 N. Central Expressway, Dallas.

2013 Living History Series – Ferd Kaufman
October 12, 2013
As Associated Press photographer, Kaufman was at the Fort Worth breakfast and Trade Mart luncheon on November 22, 1963. He took one of the first photos of Lee Harvey Oswald in custody and covered the Jack Ruby trial.

The Work of the Warren Commission, Half a Century On:
Its Methods, Successes & Questions

Featuring Assistant Counsel and Staff Who Served on the Warren Commission
October 11, 2013
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy—known as the Warren Commission—was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 29, 1963. The Commission’s findings were submitted to President Johnson on September 24, 1964, and have been debated ever since. This unprecedented panel convenes several members of the Warren Commission staff to discuss their roles on the Commission and how the experience affected their professional lives. The program will be held at Southern Methodist University’s Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom. Presented by the SMU Dedman School of Law, the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Author Series with Hugh Aynesworth
Program and Book Signing
October 5, 2013
Journalist Hugh Aynesworth covered the Kennedy assassination as a journalist for The Dallas Morning News. Aynesworth, a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has also served as a national correspondent for the Washington Times, southwest bureau chief of Newsweek magazine, and investigative team leader for ABC's 20/20. He will share memories of the assassination and sign copies of his book, November 22, 1963: Witness to History.

Parkland Hospital - Trauma Room One Reunion
Featuring Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland
September 24, 2013
Within six minutes of the shooting in Dealey Plaza, the presidential limousine carrying President John F. Kennedy and Governor John Connally arrived at the Emergency Room entrance to Parkland Memorial Hospital. A team of doctors worked in vain to save the life of the president. Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland, two of the physicians who contributed to the president’s treatment in Trauma Room One as they share their memories from the weekend of November 22, 1963. Moderated by WFAA-TV’s John McCaa.

Author Series with John Slate
Program and Book Signing
September 21, 2013
Dallas City archivist John H. Slate will discuss and sign copies of his new books, Dealey Plaza (Images of America), co-authored with Willis C. Winters; and John F. Kennedy Sites in Dallas-Fort Worth, co-authored with Mark Doty. Both books have been published by Arcadia Publishing.

2013 Living History Series – Walter Mears
September 13 & 14, 2013
A Pulitzer Prize-winning political reporter for the Associated Press for more than 40 years, Mears covered every presidential election from 1960 to 2000. He later wrote The Kennedy Brothers (2009).

The American President:
A History in Photos - A Teacher Workshop

September 10, 2013
In this 3-hour teacher workshop, teachers will view The American President exhibit and then discover strategies for incorporating historic photographs into Social Studies, Fine Arts and English/Language Arts classrooms. Included in the exhibit are seven images of President Kennedy, including one in which he is conferring gravely with his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at Camp David after the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

2013 Living History Series – Dr. Thomas McConnell
August 24, 2013
A Dallas native, Dr. McConnell was Medical Officer of the Day at the Pentagon on November 22, 1963, and was assigned duties at the White House, U.S. Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery that weekend.

2013 Living History Series – Buell Wesley Frazier
July 13, 2013
An employee of the Texas School Book Depository, Frazier occasionally drove Lee Harvey Oswald to work, including the day of November 22, 1963. Frazier witnessed the assassination and was questioned extensively by Dallas investigators.

2013 Living History Series – Ernest McMillan
June 8, 2013
During the 1960s, McMillan was a prominent member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was an outspoken African-American activist attending Morehouse College in Atlanta at the time of President Kennedy's assassination.

Assassination and Commemoration:
A Conversation with Stephen Fagin, Conover Hunt and Lindalyn Adams

May 29, 2013
Learn about the history and development of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza during this special conversation between Museum Associate Curator Stephen Fagin and the Museum’s two key founders, historian Conover Hunt and preservation activist Lindalyn Adams. The program marks the publication of Fagin’s new book, Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, available for purchase exclusively at the Museum beginning May 24.

2013 Living History Series – Major William F. Lee
May 11, 2013
While a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962, Major Lee served on the "Death Watch" for the late President Kennedy's casket at the White House and U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

2013 Living History Series – Wilborn Hampton
April 12 & 13, 2013
The youngest United Press International reporter at the Dallas bureau in 1963, Hampton covered suspect Lee Harvey Oswald at Dallas Police Headquarters. He later wrote a young adult history book, Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns: A Reporter's Story (1997).

CSI Family Day
March 10, 2013
Learn about modern investigative techniques of crime solving during CSI Family Day. It’s a fun afternoon for youth groups, families and children 8 years and older interested in crime investigation.

JFK, History and the Politics of Memory
February 19, 2013
As we change, so do our memories. While Dallas and the world prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it is worth reflecting upon how we understand milestones, the changing nature of history, and our own recollections. Join three pre-eminent historians of American history for a conversation exploring the role that the politics of memory plays in understanding the past. Presented by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and SMU’s Center for Presidential History.

2013 Living History Series – J. Waymon Rose
February 9, 2013
Selected as the tenth juror in the Jack Ruby trial in 1964, Rose kept a diary throughout the trial. The diary and other items from Rose are now part of the Museum's collection.

14th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference - Transforming Dallas
January 26, 2013
Fellow lovers of Dallas history shared the fruits of research into our great city's past. Sponsored in part by The Sixth Floor Museum, the conference was a once-a-year opportunity to hear from professionals and lay historians who have researched provocative topics on the city's past. It was held at the Hall of State in Fair Park. Get information at www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

2013 Living History Series – The Reverend Bill McElvaney
January 12, 2013
A Dallas-based pastor, the Rev. McElvaney was involved in the 1960s desegregation of schools in Mesquite, Texas, and later participated in Vietnam War protests in Dealey Plaza.

2012

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on the Online Collections Database
December 14, 2012
The Museum launched a digital database to help researchers and students learn more about the Kennedy assassination. Find out which images, films and oral histories have comprised the “greatest hits” and learn hints for accessing them yourself.

"Oswald Has Been Shot!" – Memories from November 24, 1963
November 10, 2012
Hear from a collection of law enforcement officials, photographers and reporters who were at or near Dallas Police Headquarters when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Featured panelists include Gary DeLaune, Bob Huffaker, Bob Jackson, James Leavelle and Fred Rheinstein. Moderated by WFAA-TV’s Gloria Campos.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Bill and Gayle Newman
November 9, 2012
The closest civilian eyewitnesses to President Kennedy at the time of the fatal shot, the Newmans were on the north side of Dealey Plaza and shielded their small children after the shots were fired. They were then interviewed on live television approximately fifteen minutes after the assassination.

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on Home Movies
October 12, 2012
Learn more about the Museum’s fascinating collection of Kennedy-related home movies and the people who filmed them. Then, test out some of the hands-on cameras that form part of our education collection.

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on Civil Rights
September 14, 2012
See rare photos of Dallas’ 1964 desegregation protests, oral histories with members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and civil rights training materials in this program that sheds light on the Museum’s collections of civil rights material.

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on the Reading Room
August 10, 2012
Learn about some of the treasures in the Museum’s library collection and find out the best ways to access them in this interactive Reading Room "open house." To reserve your space, email education@jfk.org. This program is free to all guests. The Reading Room is located on the southeast corner of the first floor at 411 Elm Street.

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on Kennedy Assassination Myths
July 13, 2012
Gary Mack and Stephen Fagin
This presentation uses archival footage, documents and photographs to shine light on some of the more persistent myths about the Kennedy Assassination.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Raymond “Sonny” Fisher
June 8, 2012
Raymond “Sonny” Fisher; Stephen Fagin, moderator
The only full-time Tarrant County deputy sheriff in 1963, Sonny Fisher was on horseback outside the Hotel Texas on the morning of the assassination.  President Kennedy was photographed with Fisher and his horse, Snuffy.

A Conversation and Book Signing with Chris Matthews
May 29, 2012
Reserve your ticket now for “A Conversation and Book Signing with Chris Matthews” - news broadcaster, author and political commentator. Moderated by KERA’s Lee Cullum, Matthews will discuss President Kennedy’s enduring legacy and the current state of politics in this momentous presidential election year.

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero is based on personal interviews with those closest to President Kennedy, oral histories, documents from his years as a student at Choate and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy’s first interview after Dallas. Matthews examines the 35th president’s role in the genesis of the Peace Corps, his stand in civil rights, his push to put a man on the moon and his ban on nuclear arms testing.

As Matthews writes, “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”  

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on FBI Investigations in Dallas
May 11, 2012
Gary Mack and Lindsey Richardson
The FBI and Secret Service conducted an extensive study of the Kennedy assassination in May of 1964 for the Warren Commission investigation.  See films and photos to understand what they were trying to learn.

Discussion and Book Signing with Clint Hill
April 19, 2012
Moderated by Lisa McCubbin
For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During that time, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend. Fifty years later, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady. Filled with unforgettable details, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon — a tragedy that haunted him for fifty years.


Program is free with paid Museum admission or $5 for program only. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum the day of the event. No advance ticket sales. The Museum will not be taking reservations. Seating is limited and will begin at 1 PM. Books can be pre-ordered at store.jfk.org and will be for sale on-site. Pre-orders placed by Wednesday, April 18, 2012 can be picked up at the event.

Meet the Museum – Teaching about the President
April 13, 2012
Sharron Conrad

Discover how educators at history museums and archives convey the complex stories of the American presidents with students of all ages in this panel conversation with staff from The Sixth Floor Museum, LBJ Library and Museum, George W. Bush Presidential Library and National Archives and Records Administration Fort Worth.

CSI Family Day
March 19, 2012
Sharron Conrad; Ani Simmons; Youth advisory committee

For the 6th straight year, CSI Family Day gives guests the chance to examine a mock crime scene, perform forensic analysis at evidence stations and solve a hypothetical crime. It’s a fun and engaging way to learn about modern investigative techniques and the real-life challenges to solving crime. Free with paid admission to the Museum, CSI Family Day is presented in partnership with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Club.

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Meet the Museum – Living History with Phyllis Hall
March 9, 2012
Phyllis Hall; Stephen Fagin, moderator

A nurse at Parkland Hospital in 1963, Phyllis Hall was an observer and participant in Trauma Room One during the treatment of President Kennedy.

The Vital South and Presidential Elections, 1960 – 2012
February 21, 2012
Earl Black; Merle Black; Dennis Simon, moderator

To commemorate Presidents Day, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is collaborating with SMU’s Tower Center for a discussion titled The Vital South and Presidential Elections, 1960 – 2012. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected to the White House in one of the closest contests in American electoral history. The South was instrumental in this victory. Kennedy won the popular vote in seven states of the former Confederacy, including Texas. In this program, Professors Earl Black and Merle Black, brothers and authors of several books on Southern politics, will discuss how Southern politics have changed since 1960 and the growing importance of the South in presidential elections and national politics. The discussion will be moderated by Dennis Simon, Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University.

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Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight on Presidential Campaigning
February 10, 2012
Gary Mack

Using historic footage and photographs, the Museum celebrates Presidents Day with a look at John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in Texas from 1956-1960.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Bob Ray Sanders
January 13, 2012
Stephen Fagin

A respected longtime newspaper, radio and television journalist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Sanders was attending high school at an African-American school in Fort Worth in 1963. On Thanksgiving Day that year, his marching band performed a memorial tribute to President Kennedy. Sanders was later an active supporter of the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

2011

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight: Kennedy in Popular Culture
December 9, 2011
Sharron Conrad

President Kennedy and his family were popular figures in the 1960s, prompting the development of an extraordinary range of busts, toys, games, coloring books and a wide assortment of other materials with the Kennedy image. Join our collections staff as they share a selection of the museum's collection of wonderful—and sometimes wacky—Kennedy memorabilia.

JFK Assassination Logic: Evaluating Conflicting Evidence; Conversation and Book Signing
December 10, 2011
John McAdams and Gary Mack

Join Marquette University political scientist Dr. John McAdams as he addresses how to think, reason and understand conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination.

Museum Curator Gary Mack moderates the conversation with Dr. McAdams, which will provide a blueprint for understanding why conspiracy theories arise and how to evaluate their often contradictory claims.

Following the program, Dr. McAdams will sign copies of his new book, JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy.

Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination
November 19, 2011
Moderated by Gary Mack

On November 22, 1963 Dick Stolley, Los Angeles bureau chief for Life Magazine, was urgently summoned to the ticker tape machine: “The President has been shot,” he was told. He jumped on a plane to Dallas, tracked down Abraham Zapruder and managed to secure the rights to his home movie film, the only eyewitness film to capture the entire assassination.

A few years ago, Dick sat down and recounted this story from his point of view. In a gripping 35-minute conversation, Dick recounts how he followed a tip that led him to Zapruder.

Following the world premiere of Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination, join us for a conversation with Dick Stolley moderated by Museum Curator Gary Mack.

A Conversation with Stephen King
November 10, 2011
Moderated by Lee Cullum

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas. If you had the chance to change history, would you? Stephen King’s latest novel 11/22/63, on shelves November 8, addresses this very scenario as the book’s main character travels back in time on a mission to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy.

In what is expected to be a sell-out event, King will be front and center at a fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on Thursday, November 10, benefiting The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. There will be an exclusive reception featuring the author at 5:45 p.m. followed by an interview with King at 7 p.m. The conversation will be facilitated by Dallas columnist and broadcaster Lee Cullum.

Meet the Museum – Voices: An Oral History of November 22, 1963
August 12, 2011
Stephen Fagin
Journey back to the day of President Kennedy’s assassination and experience the emotion of this historic event through still photography and firsthand accounts. More than 60 photographs from the Museum collections provide the backdrop to a dramatic voice over by the Museum’s Associate Curator, Stephen Fagin, who draws upon over 35 oral history interviews.

Meet the Museum – Discover the Museum: CSI
July 8, 2011
Lindsey Richardson and Sharron Conrad
The Museum’s collection includes artifacts, photographs and films related to the assassination crime scene investigation at the Texas School Book Depository. Learn exactly what was in the crime scene investigative kit that belonged to Lt. Carl Day, head of the Dallas Police Crime Scene Search Unit in 1963.

Meet the Museum – Collections Spotlight: Civil Rights
June 10, 2011
Lindsey Richardson
The Museum’s collection of civil rights materials includes historic photographs of Dallas’ Piccadilly Cafeteria desegregation protests in 1964, oral histories with members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, as well as a civil rights training handbook and activist support poster. Collections Manager Lindsey Richardson shares these amazing, rarely-seen items.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Col. Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 Astronaut
May 27, 2011
Col. Walt Cunningham
America's second civilian astronaut, Walt Cunningham in 1968 was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 7, the first manned mission in the Apollo program. He joined NASA in October 1963, less than one month before the Kennedy assassination.

Meet the Museum – Voices: An Oral History of November 22, 1963
April 8, 2011
Stephen Fagin
Journey back to the day of the Kennedy assassination and experience the emotion of that historic event through still photography and firsthand accounts. More than 60 photographs from the Museum collections provide the backdrop to a dramatic voice over by the Museum’s Associate Curator, Stephen Fagin, who draws upon over 35 oral history interviews.

CSI Family Day
March 13, 2011
University of North Texas Forensic Science Department
For the 5th straight year, CSI Family Day gives guests the chance to examine a mock crime scene, perform forensic analysis at evidence stations and solve a hypothetical crime. It’s a fun and engaging way to learn about modern investigative techniques and the real-life challenges to solving crime.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Allen Mondell
March 11, 2011
Allen Mondell
Allen Mondell decided to join the Peace Corps immediately after President Kennedy announced the launch of the program in 1961. He was working as a member of the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone at the time of the assassination. Years later he teamed with his wife Cynthia to write, produce and direct the documentary films seen in the permanent exhibition at The Sixth Floor Museum.

50 Years of Service: Peace Corps Volunteers from 1961-2010
March 5, 2011
Jonathan Braddick; Rodney Davis-Gilbert; Paula Selzer; Sharon Sugarek; Allen Mondell, moderator
President Kennedy launched the Peace Corps in March of 1961 to challenge young Americans to contribute two years of their lives in service to people in developing countries. Fifty years later, The Peace Corps continues with the same mission, but with new challenges. Five generations of Peace Corps Volunteers reflect on how the experience changed their lives and made a difference in the countries where they served.

JFK and LBJ: The Evolution of Presidential Legacies
February 23, 2011
Alan C. Lowe; Sidney M. Milkis; Mark K. Updegrove; Dennis Simon, moderator
To commemorate Presidents Day, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is collaborating with SMU’s Tower Center to reflect upon a transformative period in United States history.  Moderated by Dennis M. Simon, Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, panelists discuss how Presidents Kennedy and Johnson responded to landmark events of the era and will consider the ways their decisions continue to influence each president’s evolving legacy. Panelists are Alan C. Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library; Sidney M. Milkis, Professor of Politics and assistant director, Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia; Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum.

Meet the Museum – Concrete, Grass, Bricks: A History of the Museum
February 11, 2011
Stephen Fagin
In this slide presentation, Associate Curator Stephen Fagin recounts the fascinating history of The Sixth Floor Museum, which celebrated 22 years on Presidents Day, Monday, February 21, 2011.

Meet the Museum – Gallery Talk with the Curator
January 4, 2011
Gary Mack
Curator Gary Mack shares stories about Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.  Ruby’s life is featured in the Museum’s collections spotlight exhibition Jack Ruby: The Man in That Hat.

2010

Meet the Museum – Kennedy Scrapbooks: Insights from the Collections Manager
December 10, 2010
Lindsey Richardson
People all over the world created scrapbooks to commemorate President Kennedy’s life and death. A few of those scrapbooks are now part of the Museum collections! Get a rare glimpse at some of our treasures and learn how you can protect your own keepsakes.

The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence – Lecture and Book Signing
November 20, 2010
Gerald Blaine; Clint Hill; Lisa McCubbin; Gary Mack, moderator
In The Kennedy Detail, Jerry Blaine – one of 34 Secret Service agents on President Kennedy’s Detail when he was assassinated – sets history straight on what happened that afternoon and in the months leading up to and following the tragedy. Written with award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, this insider account includes contributions from many of the Secret Service agents who were serving on the Kennedy Detail and draws upon their daily reports, expense accounts, personal notes and vivid recollections.

Meet the Museum – The Parkland Experience
November 19, 2010
Stephen Fagin
The Kennedy motorcade arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital five minutes after the shooting in Dealey Plaza. Approximately 48 hours later, accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald died there after being gunned down in the basement of police headquarters. Find out more through physicians’ notes, oral histories, hospital records and other unique accounts.

Behind the Lens: The Making of A Photographer’s Story with Bob Jackson
October 16, 2010
Bob Jackson; Stephen Fagin, moderator
On the closing weekend of this exhibit, discover how Bob Jackson’s amazing portfolio of photographs became a Museum exhibit. Listen as Jackson recounts the story behind the exhibit and his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph with museum curator Gary Mack and associate curator Stephen Fagin.

Meet the Museum – Q&A with Curator Gary Mack
October 8, 2010
Gary Mack
Gary Mack has been researching the Kennedy assassination since 1975, served as a consultant to the Museum since the planning stages in the early 1980s and joined the Museum staff in 1994. Bring your questions—and theories—to this informal Q&A session.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Bob Jackson
September 10, 2010
Bob Jackson; Stephen Fagin, moderator
On Friday, November 22, 1963, newspaper photographer Bob Jackson was assigned to take pictures of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas for the Dallas Times Herald. Learn how he covered one of the largest news events of the 20th century.

Meet the Museum – Student Voices: A Conversation with the Curator of Education
August 13, 2010
Sharron Conrad
What do young people really think about the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963, and how do they define his legacy? Listen to this enlightening conversation that puts student voices on center stage!

Meet the Museum – An Introduction to the Reading Room
July 9, 2010
Pauline Martin
So, just how does a researcher gain access to the books, DVDs, oral histories and other materials in the Museum’s new Reading Room? Find out during this orientation led by our librarian.

The John F. Kennedy Memorial at 40: A Conversation with Frank Welch and Dale Sellers
June 15, 2010
Frank Welch; Dale Sellers; Veletta Lill, moderator
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the American Institute of Architects Dallas and the Dallas Architecture Forum present “The John F. Kennedy Memorial at 40: A Conversation with Frank Welch and Dale Sellers.” The program includes a reception, book signing and walk to the Memorial.

Meet the Museum – JFK and the Dallas Civil Rights Movement
June 11, 2010
Stephen Fagin
Photographs, oral histories and documents from the 1960s illustrate the local Civil Rights Movement and its effect on Dallas. Discover how the death of President John F. Kennedy, whose call for equality inspired millions, made an impact on Dallas activists. This event marks the 47th anniversary of President Kennedy’s televised national address on civil rights.

Meet the Museum – History Detectives
May 14, 2010
Sharron Conrad
Use your detective skills to uncover the history and meaning behind items in the Museum’s collection of 1960s teaching artifacts - a fun assortment of books, magazines, cameras, toys, clothing, newspapers, music and more! The Museum’s curator of education leads this hands-on adventure.

Meet the Museum – Dallas Police vs. the World Press: November 1963
April 9, 2010
Stephen Fagin
Explore the difficult relationship that existed at Dallas police headquarters between law enforcement officials and more than 300 journalists during the weekend of President Kennedy’s assassination. This presentation is told through the firsthand recollections of key participants and is presented by the Museum’s associate curator.

CSI Family Day
March 14, 2010
University of North Texas Forensic Science Department
For the 4th straight year, CSI Family Day gives guests the chance to examine a mock crime scene, perform forensic analysis at evidence stations and solve a hypothetical crime. It’s a fun and engaging way to learn about modern investigative techniques and the real-life challenges to solving crime.

Meet the Museum – Discover the Museum: CSI
March 12, 2010
Sharron Conrad; Lindsey Richardson
The Museum collection of approximately 35,000 items includes artifacts and photographs related to the November 1963 crime scene investigation at the Texas School Book Depository. The Museum’s collections manager reveals exactly what was in the kit that belonged to Lt. Carl Day of the Dallas Police Crime Scene Search Unit.

Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation – Lecture and Book Signing
March 11, 2010
Ellen Fitzpatrick
Within seven weeks of President John F. Kennedy's death in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 condolence letters. Two years later, the volume would exceed 1.5 million letters. For the next 46 years, the letters would remain essentially untouched. Now, historian and News Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick has selected approximately 250 of these letters for inclusion in Letters to Jackie, the first book ever to examine this extraordinary collection.

Meet the Museum – Living History with Bob Jackson
February 12, 2010 – Cancelled due to inclement weather
Bob Jackson; Stephen Fagin, moderator
On Friday, November 22, 1963, newspaper photographer Bob Jackson was assigned to take pictures of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas for the Dallas Times Herald. Discover how Jackson came to cover one of the largest, most tumultuous news events of the 20th century, and hear the back story on how he captured one of the most recognizable still images of the twentieth century when he photographed the moment Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

Meet the Museum – Voices: An Oral History of November 22, 1963
January 8, 2010
Stephen Fagin
Journey back to the day of President Kennedy’s assassination and experience the emotion of this historic event through still photography and firsthand accounts. More than 60 photographs from the Museum collections provide the backdrop to a dramatic voice over by the Museum’s Associate Curator, Stephen Fagin, selected from over 35 oral history interviews.

2009

The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination
November 17, 2009
Tom Jennings, Ron Frank, Liza Douglass, Michael Cascio, Gary Mack, moderator
To mark the premiere of the National Geographic Channel special, The Lost JFK Tapes and commemorate the anniversary, this panel discussion followed a screening of the documentary on the seventh floor.  Gary Mack spoke with the filmmaking team and a National Geographic executive about the making of the program, which includes a great deal of Museum film and video content.

Beyond the Victim Monument
October 8, 2009
Dr. Kirk Savage

In a collaboration with Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Holocaust Museum author Kirk Savage discussed his new book, Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape. A book signing followed the program.

2008

Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas Daytime Gallery Talks
Free with paid Museum admission, this monthly series presents gallery talks by some of the amateur photographers featured in the special seventh floor exhibit, Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas.  Each talk is a seated “live” oral history session with Museum curator Gary Mack or Museum oral historian Stephen Fagin.

Tina Towner Pender
Friday, February 1, 2008
Experienced at using her father's Sears Tower Varizoom home movie camera, the teenager went with her parents to Dealey Plaza to view the presidential parade. Standing on the southwest corner of Elm and Houston streets, she filmed the motorcade as it turned onto Elm Street, seconds before shots were fired.

Maury Seitz
Friday, March 7, 2008
A longtime commercial airline pilot who served as a co-pilot on numerous chartered flights backing up Air Force One during the Kennedy presidency, Mr. Seitz met the Kennedy family and spent time with Caroline and John, Jr.  He filmed President Kennedy in Michigan in 1962.

Jack Daniel
Friday, April 4, 2008
Mr. Daniel was standing on the west side of the Triple Underpass with his home movie camera and captured the motorcade on film seconds after the assassination took place. He returned to Dealey Plaza afterwards to take film of the flowers and memorial tributes left by mourners.

Jackie Tindel
Friday, May 2, 2008
As an adjustor for Travelers Insurance Company, Mr. Tindel often had to obtain accident reports from Dallas Police headquarters at Main and Harwood. On November 22, 1963, he stood at that intersection and filmed the presidential motorcade as it turned onto Main Street.

George Jefferies
Friday, June 6, 2008
Hoping to film the presidential motorcade from Dealey Plaza, Mr. Jefferies instead accompanied a co-worker who suffered from emphysema to Main Street, just east of Lamar, which was as far as the man could walk. Mr. Jefferies' footage includes remarkable images of Mrs. Kennedy.

“Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images” with Dr. David M. Lubin
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Lecture and book signing with Dr. David M. Lubin, author and Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University. Dr. Lubin has authored several books on diverse subjects, including a critical analysis of the film “Titanic.”  His 2003 book, “Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images,” examines the cultural impact of iconic images of John and Jackie Kennedy, 1953 to 1963.  The Abraham Zapruder film is covered in-depth.

When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963
November 20, 2008
Journalists Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer, George Phenix and Wes Wise recount their coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath, discuss how this tragedy brought live television to the forefront of news and how broadcast news has changed since 1963. A book signing event follows their presentation.

2007

A Voice from History: Jim Leavelle
Friday, October 12, 2007
Jim Leavelle talks about his role as a Dallas police detective immortalized in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Bob Jackson of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Wearing a light-colored suit and a cowboy hat, he was handcuffed to Oswald and helped wrestle Jack Ruby to the ground.

A Voice from History: Paul Bentley
Friday, September 14, 2007
Paul Bentley discusses his role as the chief polygraph examiner with the Dallas Police Department in 1963. Bentley was involved in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre.

Women in Law Enforcement
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Krys Boyd, host of KERA-TV's Think, leads a discussion with Monica Smith, the first and only female president of the Dallas Police Association, and Shirley Gray, the highest ranking African-American female when she retired from the Dallas Police Department, about their accomplishments and challenges.

CSI: Family Day
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Outreach Program, under the supervision of Dr. Dana Rundle, presents an array of educational demonstrations and hands-on activities for families. Learn how forensic science is applied in the real world, including fingerprinting, DNA evidence and bullet trajectory analysis.

CSI: Dallas
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Dr. Tim Sliter, chief of physical evidence for UT Southwestern Institute of Forensics, leads a panel discussion about the equipment and procedures used in modern forensic investigations and how they compare with those used in 1963 by Lt. Carl Day, who headed the Dallas Crime Lab when President Kennedy was assassinated.

Arresting Oswald: Memories from the Texas Theatre
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Moderated by acclaimed journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who covered the Kennedy assassination as a Dallas Morning News reporter, panelists Paul Bentley and Jerry Hill talk about their roles as Dallas police officers involved in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre on November 22, 1963.

Highlights from the Dallas Municipal Archives
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Dallas City Archivist John Slate focuses on the John F. Kennedy Collection, comprised of records from the Dallas Police Department. Transferred to the archives in 1989, the collection contains more than 11,400 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, fingerprint cards and mug shots, newspaper clippings and correspondence. Original artifacts from the archives will be on display as part of the exhibition.

An Evening with Bob Jackson
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
From Dallas Love Field to Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas police headquarters, the award-winning photographer retraces his steps November 22-24, culminating in the dramatic photograph that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1964—a photo of Jack Ruby shooting assassination suspect Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of Dallas police headquarters. At the time, Jackson was on assignment for the Dallas Times Herald. Held in cooperation with the Boy Scouts Circle Ten Council.

A Conversation with Jim Leavelle and Eddie Barker
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Judge Joe B. Brown, Jr. introduces the Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices From History program series and the inaugural program, a discussion between retired Dallas police Detective Jim Leavelle and former KRLD News Director Eddie Barker. Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when the suspect was shot by Jack Ruby. Barker was the first reporter to announce that Kennedy was dead. Topics include the Kennedy assassination, the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, the arrest and shooting of Oswald, and how the media and law enforcement worked together the weekend of the assassination.

Dallas Police vs. World Press
First Friday of Each Month, January–October, 2007
A multimedia presentation by the Museum's oral historian, Stephen Fagin, examines the unique relationship that existed between the Dallas Police Department and the hundreds of local, national and international reporters covering the breaking news in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Visitors experience the events of that fateful weekend through photographs and seldom-seen news footage.

2006

Exhibit Opening - Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices from History
Monday, November 20, 2006
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ppearing together for the first time, moderator Pierce Allman leads a discussion with Gene Boone and Luke Mooney about the search of the Texas School Book Depository, how the rifle and shells were found, what was said among the officers and reporters and other dramatic details about that chaotic weekend.

Call to Action: The Disability Rights Movement
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Dr. Richard Scotch of the University of Texas at Dallas leads a dialogue with recognized disability advocates Kent Waldrep, Bob Kafka and Ralph Rouse on the decades-long fight leading to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Call to Action: La Calle to City Hall
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Mercedes Olivera of The Dallas Morning News moderates a panel discussion about the Mexican-American rights movement, featuring Adelfa Callejo, Frank Hernandez and Dr. Roberto Calderon of the University of North Texas.

Call to Action: The SNCC Experience in Dallas
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Bob Ray Sanders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviews 1960s civil rights activists Bishop Mark Herbener, Ernest McMillan and Edward Harris about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Call to Action: A Conversation with Vivian Castleberry
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Vivian Castleberry, longtime women’s editor at the Dallas Times Herald, has been called the “grandmother of women journalists in Dallas.” She was instrumental in taking local women’s issues to a new level by publishing genuine news stories instead of just debutante notices. She discusses the history and sociology of local women’s rights movement: who was involved, what were their goals, what was accomplished and what challenges and opportunities remain.

The Gay Rights Movement in Dallas
Wednesday, July 16, 2006
Long-time gay rights activist Louise Young leads a panel discussion with representatives of Dallas' large and diverse gay community. Panelists include Ron Jefferson and Monica Greene.

Call to Action: Crisis with Robert Drew
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
A screening of Crisis will be held, followed by a Q&A with Robert Drew. Crisis (Robert Drew, 1963, 52 minutes) chronicles the struggle between President John F. Kennedy and George Wallace during the segregation of the University of Alabama. Drew recorded an oral history with the Museum in 2004 and appeared in Dallas for a screening of his 1960 film Primary with the Dallas Video Festival.

Call to Action: Dallas at the Crossroads
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A screening of Dallas at the Crossroads will be held, followed by a Q&A with Southern Methodist University professor Dr. Glenn Linden. This 1961 film was produced to prepare Dallas for peaceful school integration. Screened in cooperation with the Dallas Public Library.

Call to Action: Opening Program
Wednesday, April 20, 2006
Respected former journalist, author and noted historian Dr. Darwin Payne leads a presentation on the history of civil rights in Dallas.

Exhibit Opening - Parkland Hospital: Voices from History, with Special Guest Dr. Ronald C. Jones
Monday, November 21, 2005
Dr. Ronald C. Jones was chief surgery resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. He was having lunch when he received word that the president had been shot and was en route to the hospital. He and Dr. Malcolm Perry immediately ran to the emergency room, where they joined other physicians in the effort to resuscitate the president. Jones' continued involvement in the assassination includes a 1964 interview by the FBI and the Warren Commission, appearances in numerous books and documentaries about the death of President Kennedy and an interview by the Assassination Records Review Board in 1998. Since 1987, Jones has served as chief of surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

2004

When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963
Thursday, October 28, 2004
In "When The News Went Live: Dallas 1963," journalists Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer, George Phenix and Wes Wise recount their coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath, discuss how this tragedy brought live television to the forefront of news and how broadcast news has changed since 1963. A book signing event follows their presentation.

The Jack Ruby Trial: 40 Years Later
Saturday, March 14, 2004
This program examines one of the most fascinating trials in American history. Former ABC reporter and anchor Murphy Martin covered the events following President Kennedy's assassination and Jack Ruby's trial and was able to persuade Judge Joe B. Brown to allow a single camera in the courtroom when the verdict was read. (This may have been the first time a verdict had ever been broadcast live in the United States.) Martin is also the author of the new book, "Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades That Reshaped America."

The Jack Ruby Trial: 40 Years Later includes video clips from The Sixth Floor Museum's collection. Some of the clips included are Ruby shooting Oswald, scenes from the courthouse during Ruby's trial, and the reading of the verdict.  The program will conclude with clips about the reversal of the verdict, the changes in the Ruby defense team, and Jack Ruby's death. This is a rare opportunity to see and discuss history with the people who were there.

Participating as panelists are Hugh Aynesworth, George Bramblett, Jr., Judge Joe B. Brown, Jr., Helen Holmes and J. Waymon Rose.