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The Sixth Floor Museum Springs into March with Two Living History Programs, First Tuesdays and CSI Family Day
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will continue to commemorate its 25th anniversary with a variety of programs in March to launch its spring season: Living History with Rio Sam Pierce on March 1; discounted museum admission on First Tuesdays, March 4; CSI Family Day on March 9, and Living History with Kari-Mette Pigmans on March 29.
Living History with Rio Sam Pierce – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014
A Dallas police officer for 27 years, Rio Sam Pierce was in charge of basement security on November 24, 1963, 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 many believe Jack Ruby gained access to the basement. The longtime Dallas native will share his memories of the Oswald shooting and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination during the Museum’s March Living History program at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
At the time of the assassination, Pierce was in command of approximately 150 men and knew J.D. Tippit, the Dallas police officer allegedly shot and killed by Oswald. Admission is $5 with Museum admission or $10 for the program only. Seating is limited; advance tickets are available at www.jfk.org. The monthly Living History Series links the past to the present through firsthand accounts from reporters, law enforcement officials, musicians and everyday citizens who witnessed the assassination or other historic events of the early 1960s.
First Tuesdays – Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Beginning this month, The Sixth Floor Museum is marking its 25th anniversary by offering “First Tuesdays,” to give area residents an incentive to explore one of the city’s most popular destinations. Admission to the Museum is 25% off the regular price on Tuesday, March 4, and on the first Tuesday of every month throughout 2014. Tickets may be purchased at www.jfk.org or onsite.
CSI Family Day – Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Sixth Floor Museum will give aspiring crime scene investigators a chance to learn modern investigative techniques for solving crime during the eighth annual CSI Family Day on Sunday, March 9, from noon until 5 p.m. 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. CSI Family Day is an additional $5 with paid Museum admission ($16 adults, $14 for seniors 65+, and $13 for youths 6-18).
The program is a partnership with the Dallas Police Department, the University of North Texas Forensic Science Program, and UNT’s Forensic Science Club. Students from the UNT program will be on hand to teach others the skills and knowledge they have learned in classes and labs. Tickets may be purchased at www.jfk.org or onsite.
Living History with Kari-Mette Pigmans – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014
Kari-Mette Pigmans, whose Living History program last December was cancelled due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29. 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. Admission is $5 with Museum admission or $10 for the program only. Seating is limited; advance tickets are available at www.jfk.org.
The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.
Director of Institutional Advancement
214-747-6660 Ext. 5588