The date stands as one of the darkest and yet most defining moments of the 20th century: Nov. 22, 1963. The day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
And as the 50th anniversary of this tragic event approaches, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is helping people learn more about the infamous assassination by offering a series of speakers, exhibits and teacher workshops that will honor the memory of JFK.
If you’re interested in exploring this grim yet important event in U.S. history, here are just a few of the programs taking place this fall at the museum.
Date: August 18 – October 27
This exhibit provides a rare chance for the public to see archival photos of American presidents taken by AP photojournalists during a 100-year span. This collection of 71 images also features seven moving photos of JFK.
AP has been the leading news source in the U.S. for more than 150 years, which means this exhibit will provide visitors with unique insight into the history of American politics.
Date: Sept. 13-14
Walter Mears is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered every presidential election for AP from 1960 to 2000. He also had the pleasure of interviewing JFK. The veteran reporter described President Kennedy as someone who “was engaging and made a point to remember every name that he could.”
You’ll have a chance to hear from Mears, who also wrote The Kennedy Brothers, as part of the Sixth Floor Museum’s Living History Series.
Date: Sept. 24
Mere minutes after JFK was shot, a team of doctors worked in vain to save the president’s life. And then, just 48 hours later, they were tasked with trying to save the life of JFK’s alleged killer.
Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland, two physicians who treated both JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald, will share their memories about what took place in Trauma Room One at the Parkland Hospital on Nov. 22, 1963. Tickets are $25 and advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited.
LIFE: The Day Kennedy Died
Journalists Dick Stolley, Bob Sullivan, Jim Baker and Alexandra Zapruder will reflect on LIFE magazine’s coverage of the assassination of JFK while discussing their new book LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment. The book includes rare photography as well as a complete reprint of LIFE’s 1963 special edition on the events in Dallas.
Tickets are $25 per person and seating is limited
2013 Living History Series: Bill and Gayle Newman
Bill and Gayle Newman were the closest witnesses to JFK’s assassination – they were standing with their two young boys on Elm Street when the infamous murder took place.
Both Bill and Gayle will be at the museum on Nov.9, along with their sons Clayton and Bill. This will be the first time all four family members have appeared together publicly.