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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2015 Program Listings

Living History with Elmer Boyd

March 7, 2015 – 2:00 PM

A Dallas police homicide detective, Boyd conducted crime scene investigations at the Texas School Book Depository following the assassination. He escorted Lee Harvey Oswald at Police Headquarters on the afternoon and evening of November 22, 1963.

CSI Family Day

Everything leaves a trace...

March 15, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Someone sets a fire at the circus; an ambassador is poisoned at a state dinner….these crimes were solved by kids and their parents at previous CSI Family Days. Become a Crime Scene Investigator and solve a crime by identifying forged documents, reading eyewitness accounts or analyzing fingerprints! The Sixth Floor Museum partners with University of North Texas Forensic Science Program, one of only 14 undergraduate programs in the country that is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, to present CSI Family Day 2015. Admission is $5 per person and guests who attend CSI Family Day must hold a General Admission ticket for Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Living History with Bob Welch

April 18, 2015 – 2:00 PM

A reporter and cameraman for Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate WBAP-TV, Welch was at Love Field, the Trade Mart, and Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he captured the only known sound recording of the official announcement of President Kennedy’s death.

Living History with Kenneth Giannoules

May 9, 2015 – 2:00 PM

As longtime U.S. Secret Service agent, Giannoules served on the White House Detail for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He worked the midnight shift at the Hotel Texas during President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth on November 22, 1963.

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.