Sixth Floor Museum Honors JFK Centennial with Special Conversation Featuring Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley
DALLAS, TX – April 19, 2017: In honor of the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is pleased to present an exceptional public program on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This unique event will feature President Kennedy’s nephew Stephen Kennedy Smith, noted historian Douglas Brinkley, and journalist/author Rena Pederson as moderator.
Kennedy Smith, the eldest son of President Kennedy’s only surviving sibling Jean Kennedy Smith, and Brinkley are making a special trip to Dallas to discuss JFK: A Vision For America, their compilation of John F. Kennedy’s greatest speeches. This comprehensive reflection on President Kennedy’s life and legacy includes the president’s hand-written notes, hundreds of rarely seen photos and commentary by America’s top historians, leading political thinkers and preeminent writers and artists, including the Dalai Lama, Robert Dallek, David McCullough, Senator John McCain, Senator Elizabeth Warren and many others.
Hosted on the Museum’s seventh floor, the two-tiered event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 with a mix-and-mingle reception with Kennedy Smith, Brinkley and Pederson. The program will start at 7 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. book signing. Tickets are $125 for the reception, program and book signing and include a copy of JFK: A Vision For America. Program-only tickets are $40. Tickets are available in advance at jfk.org and at the Museum.
“As the youngest elected president in US history, President Kennedy embodied the qualities of both vigor and vision, and the causes he championed are just as relevant today as in the 1960s,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum. “His thoughts and initiatives on civil rights, space exploration, the environment, immigration and relations with Cuba demonstrate his lasting influence as an outstanding American leader and orator, and we’re honored to have Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley here in Dallas to discuss President Kennedy’s impact on both our nation and the world.”
About Stephen Kennedy Smith
Stephen Kennedy Smith is a lecturer at the Sloan School of Management as well as a fellow at the Connection Science Group at MIT. He received his BA from Harvard University, JD from Columbia University and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has served on the staff of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees and is a three-time recipient of the Danforth Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard University, where he taught at Harvard Law School. He continues to be active in Democratic politics and lives in New York City.
About Douglas Brinkley
Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Cronkite, which won the Sperber Prize for best book in journalism, and The Great Deluge, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Austin, Texas.
About Rena Pederson
Moderator Rena Pederson is a nationally recognized journalist and author who has interviewed Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child, Jane Goodall and U.S. presidents from Carter to Clinton to Bush. Texas Monthly once called her “one of the most powerful women in Texas.” She was a member of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize board for nine years and a former speechwriter. She is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and public radio and lives in Dallas.
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About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.
Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in six languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.
The Sixth Floor Museum, George W. Bush Presidential Library Partner for Special Bill of Rights Exhibit
Amending America: The Bill of Rights on display at The Sixth Floor Museum
January 24 – March 16, 2017
DALLAS, TX – January 12, 2017 – The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are pleased to open a new special exhibition from the National Archives, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, which explores the origins of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and how each protects U.S. citizens. The exhibit, on display at The Sixth Floor Museum beginning January 24, 2017, commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.
“In this volatile time in our country, it is particularly timely to take a closer look at the privileges and protections outlined in this key historic document,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum. “We are especially excited to work with our partners at the George W. Bush Presidential Library to bring this exhibit to Dallas.”
The exhibit uses facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts and interactives to connect visitors with the people, places and events that mark the evolution of the Bill of Rights. Highlights include records showing how each of the first 10 amendments affect Americans and interactives that invite visitors to vote for the next amendment and guess at how many times others were proposed.
“Since the founding of America, the Bill of Rights has protected basic human rights and liberties,” said Emily Robison, acting director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “This incredible document truly makes the United States a unique and special place to live. The Amending America exhibit is a great reminder for each of us not to take our freedoms for granted.”
An educator workshop and public programs will complement the exhibition, including a celebration of The Sixth Floor Museum’s 28th anniversary as part of a special Presidents Day program with constitutional law expert, Professor Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. of Southern Methodist University on February 20.
Amending America: The Bill of Rights is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The national tour is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, Seedlings Foundation and the National Archives Foundation. Local presentation of this exhibition has been made possible in partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives Foundation.
Exhibition: Amending America: The Bill of Rights
Presented by: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Runs: January 24 – March 16, 2017
Exhibit Hashtag: #AmendingAmerica
Museum Hours: Monday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: The Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Admission: $16 Adult, $14 Senior, $13 Youth (children aged 5 and under are free). The Amending America: The Bill of Rights exhibit is included with Museum admission.
Contact: 214.747.6660 or go to jfk.org
About The Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in a variety of languages, as well as ASL. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660. Follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and @sixthflrmuseum on Twitter.
About the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Bush Center was dedicated on April 25, 2013. The complex, which features a 15-acre park complete with native Texas wildflowers, plants, and an amphitheater, is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the 13th presidential library operated by the National Archives and Records Administration; the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center; Café 43, a full-service restaurant; and a museum store. For more information, visit www.bush43library.org or call 214-346-1650.
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