Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices from History

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Exhibit Opening
Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices from History

Monday, November 20, 2006
Appearing together for the first time, moderator Pierce Allman leads a discussion with Gene Boone and Luke Mooney about the search of the Texas School Book Depository, how the rifle and shells were found, what was said among the officers and reporters and other dramatic details about that chaotic weekend.

Dallas Police vs. World Press

First Friday of Each Month, January–October, 2007
A multimedia presentation by the Museum's oral historian, Stephen Fagin, examines the unique relationship that existed between the Dallas Police Department and the hundreds of local, national and international reporters covering the breaking news in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Visitors experience the events of that fateful weekend through photographs and seldom-seen news footage.

A Conversation with Jim Leavelle and Eddie Barker

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Judge Joe B. Brown, Jr. introduces the Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices From History program series and the inaugural program, a discussion between retired Dallas police Detective Jim Leavelle and former KRLD News Director Eddie Barker. Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when the suspect was shot by Jack Ruby. Barker was the first reporter to announce that Kennedy was dead. Topics include the Kennedy assassination, the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, the arrest and shooting of Oswald, and how the media and law enforcement worked together the weekend of the assassination.

An Evening with Bob Jackson

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
From Dallas Love Field to Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas police headquarters, the award-winning photographer retraces his steps November 22-24, culminating in the dramatic photograph that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1964—a photo of Jack Ruby shooting assassination suspect Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of Dallas police headquarters. At the time, Jackson was on assignment for the Dallas Times Herald. Held in cooperation with the Boy Scouts Circle Ten Council.

Highlights from the Dallas Municipal Archives

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Dallas City Archivist John Slate focuses on the John F. Kennedy Collection, comprised of records from the Dallas Police Department. Transferred to the archives in 1989, the collection contains more than 11,400 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, fingerprint cards and mug shots, newspaper clippings and correspondence. Original artifacts from the archives will be on display as part of the exhibition.

Arresting Oswald: Memories from the Texas Theatre

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Moderated by acclaimed journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who covered the Kennedy assassination as a Dallas Morning News reporter, panelists Paul Bentley and Jerry Hill talk about their roles as Dallas police officers involved in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre on November 22, 1963.

CSI: Dallas

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Dr. Tim Sliter, chief of physical evidence for UT Southwestern Institute of Forensics, leads a panel discussion about the equipment and procedures used in modern forensic investigations and how they compare with those used in 1963 by Lt. Carl Day, who headed the Dallas Crime Lab when President Kennedy was assassinated.

CSI: Family Day

Sunday, June 17, 2007
The University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Outreach Program, under the supervision of Dr. Dana Rundle, presents an array of educational demonstrations and hands-on activities for families. Learn how forensic science is applied in the real world, including fingerprinting, DNA evidence and bullet trajectory analysis.

Women in Law Enforcement

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Krys Boyd, host of KERA-TV's Think, leads a discussion with Monica Smith, the first and only female president of the Dallas Police Association, and Shirley Gray, the highest ranking African-American female when she retired from the Dallas Police Department, about their accomplishments and challenges.

A Voice from History: Paul Bentley

Friday, September 14, 2007
Paul Bentley discusses his role as the chief polygraph examiner with the Dallas Police Department in 1963. Bentley was involved in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre

A Voice from History: Jim Leavelle

Friday, October 12, 2007
Jim Leavelle talks about his role as a Dallas police detective immortalized in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Bob Jackson of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Wearing a light-colored suit and a cowboy hat, he was handcuffed to Oswald and helped wrestle Jack Ruby to the ground.