Public Programs

Creative and engaging, our unique programs advance the Museum's commitment to community outreach, engagement and learning, and empower a diverse audience to understand how and why the past is still relevant.

The Living History Series commemorates the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy with stories from those who witnessed the assassination or other historic events of the early 1960s. The monthly series links the past to the present through firsthand accounts from reporters, law enforcement officials, doctors, and everyday citizens who witnessed or, in some cases, made history.

Watch a preview of the 2015 series on our YouTube page and purchase your tickets online in advance.

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Past Programs

2015 Program Listings

Superman Comes to the Supermarket:

An Examination of Norman Mailer’s 1960 Essay on John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Campaign

May 28, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Event Postponed. We will reschedule the event at a later date.

The late Norman Mailer saw in John F. Kennedy, “a hero [who could] capture the secret imagination of a people, and so be good for the vitality of his nation.” Mailer’s 1960 profile of the then-presidential candidate, written for Esquire magazine, galvanized excitement for Kennedy just days before the election, and its radical writing style changed the face of New Journalism.

Now Norman Mailer. JFK. Superman Comes to the Supermarket, a new book from TASCHEN, pairs this classic text with over 300 exhilarating photographs from the campaign trail in an extra-large format.

Join TASCHEN Editor Nina Wiener as she moderates a discussion between two of the book’s contributors: J. Michael Lennon, Mailer’s biographer, and Lawrence Schiller, award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker and Mailer’s long-time collaborator.

Living History with Jerry Kasten

September 19, 2015 – 2:00 PM

Kasten, a social studies teacher at Bryan Adams High School in 1963, was a member of the Dallas Police Reserves. He was working crowd control on Commerce Street at the time of the Oswald shooting.

Living History with Scott Garbe

October 17, 2015 – 2:00 PM

A songwriter and schoolteacher in Canada, Garbe has maintained a lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination. After visiting Dealey Plaza, he wrote a series of songs about the tragedy which was produced as a concept album, The Kennedy Suite, in 2013.

Living History with Mary Woodward Pillsworth

November 7, 2015 – 2:00 PM

A women’s news reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1963, Pillsworth witnessed the assassination from the north side of Elm Street. The following year she joined the Peace Corps.