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Museum Expects to Draw Hundreds with Its Third Annual CSI Family DayDALLAS/March 5, 2009—With crime scene investigation growing in popularity on television and in the video game world, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is expecting hundreds to attend CSI Family Day for the third straight year. On Sunday, March 15, from noon to 5 p.m. on the seventh floor, Museum visitors will have the chance to solve a hypothetical crime after examining a mock crime scene, receiving a police report about what happened and performing forensic analysis at evidence stations; such stations include analysis of blood, fingerprint, document, footwear, hair, fiber and eyewitness testimony.
Members of the University of North Texas' Forensic Science Club will be posted at each evidence station to help visitors draw conclusions about crime analysis and likely suspects. This year's program will include a new "Ask the Expert" station, where a certified forensic document examiner from Denton-based Weldon & Associates will be available for questions about handwriting analysis and similar investigatory work. Participants can keep track of their collected data using an evidence collection guide provided for them.
CSI Family Day offers a fun and engaging way to learn about modern investigative techniques and the real-life challenges to solving crime; it is suitable for children 8 years and older, their parents, and anyone interested in crime scene investigation and analysis. The first 500 children will have the chance to have their fingerprints taken free of charge for parent identification purposes. CSI Family Day is free with paid Museum admission: $13.50 for adults, $12.50 for youth (ages 6-18) and seniors (65+), free for five years and younger (of $3.50 with child audio guide). Discounts for groups of 20 or more are available.
The Museum will also feature a display case on the seventh floor with evidence collection items germane to the Kennedy assassination in November 1963.
This program is done with the support of American Airlines and in partnership with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Club, the only accredited forensic science program in the state. The club's mission is to enable students in the UNT Forensic Science Certification Program to learn about the forensic science career field, establish a presence in the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), and form student and professional networks that are dedicated to the study of forensic science.
The program's director, Professor Teresa Golden, says "Hopefully, the young people who participate in CSI Family Day will be encouraged to enter scientific fields by interacting with the college students pursuing degrees in forensic science."
For more information about the university's program, http://www.forensic.unt.edu/.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports 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 the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
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