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.

Tickets for the 2014 Living History Series are available online now. Watch a preview of the series on our YouTube page.

For questions about any of our programs, please e-mail us programs@jfk.org.

Past Programs

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U.S. Navy Blues City Brass Quintet

Free performance in honor of Navy Week 2014

April 23, 2014 – 2:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate Navy Week 2014 and honor President Kennedy’s service in the United States Navy with a special performance by the Navy Band Mid-South’s brass quintet, Blues City Brass. The quintet will perform a selection of patriotic classics, Broadway hits and popular music at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, on the Museum’s seventh floor.  The performance is free to the public. Include the concert with your Museum visit, or obtain a concert-only admission sticker in the Museum Visitors Center. Concert-only admission does not include access to the sixth floor.



Living History with J. Walter Coughlin

U.S. Secret Service Agent

May 3, 2014 – 2:00 PM

A U.S. Secret Service agent from 1961 to 1977, Coughlin served on the details of President Kennedy, President Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He was part of the advance team for San Antonio on President Kennedy’s trip to Texas. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission. View a preview of the program here.



Living History with J. Elke Ertle

Berlin Speech Eyewitness

June 6, 2014 – 11:30 AM

A native of Germany, Ertle was an eyewitness to President Kennedy’s historic speech in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. She later moved to the United States and wrote a book about her early life, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, in 2013. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with J. Elke Ertle

Berlin Speech Eyewitness

June 7, 2014 – 2:00 PM

A native of Germany, Ertle was an eyewitness to President Kennedy’s historic speech in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. She later moved to the United States and wrote a book about her early life, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, in 2013. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Keith Shelton

Dallas Times Herald Reporter

July 12, 2014 – 2:00 PM

A political reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, Shelton traveled with the presidential party during the November 1963 trip to Texas and later covered the Jack Ruby trial. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Christine Lavin

New York City Folk Singer

August 8, 2014 – 11:30 AM

An award-winning folksinger and songwriter based in New York, Lavin has recorded more than 20 solo albums since 1981. After visiting the Museum, she was inspired to write and record the song, “The Sixth Floor.” Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Christine Lavin

New York City Folk Singer

August 9, 2014 – 2:00 PM

An award-winning folksinger and songwriter based in New York, Lavin has recorded more than 20 solo albums since 1981. After visiting the Museum, she was inspired to write and record the song, “The Sixth Floor.” Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Nancy Myers

Carousel Club Exotic Dancer

September 6, 2014 – 2:00 PM

A headlining exotic dancer at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club at the time of the assassination, Myers was a performer under the stage name “Tammi True.” Myers knew Ruby for several years, having gone to Ruby’s Vegas Club as a teenager before working at the Carousel. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Pierce Allman

WFAA-Radio Program Director

October 4, 2014 – 2:00 PM

As WFAA-Radio program director, Allman was one of the first media representatives inside the Texas School Depository after the assassination. He is believed to have encountered Lee Harvey Oswald leaving the building. He currently narrates the Museum’s audio guide. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Living History with Eugene Boone

Dallas County Deputy Sheriff

November 8, 2014 – 2:00 PM

A Dallas County deputy sheriff, Boone discovered the rifle on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Prior to joining the sheriff’s department, he worked at the Dallas Times Herald and had contact with Jack Ruby. Admission is $10 for program only or $5 when combined with Museum admission.



Dallas Times Herald 1963:

Photographers Remember the Kennedy Assassination

November 18, 2014 – 7:00 PM

What began as a routine assignment for Dallas Times Herald photographers William Allen, Darryl Heikes, Bob Jackson, and Eamon Kennedy quickly evolved into one of the most significant news stories of the 20th century. These photojournalists captured some of the most significant moments at Dallas Love Field, during the presidential motorcade, at Parkland Memorial Hospital, at the Tippit murder scene, inside Dallas police headquarters, and other important locations throughout the assassination weekend. Their work documented the unfolding story of the president’s death, the investigation, and subsequent murder and burial of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald. Join us for an extraordinary conversation with the four former Dallas Times Herald photographers as they recount their unique memories of what it was like to be caught in the whirlwind of historical events and how the experience affected their careers and personal lives. Photographs from the Dallas Times Herald Collection—the Museum’s first significant donation—will be featured in this special presentation that helps to commemorate the Museum’s 25th anniversary. $25 per person.