Past Programs

Past 2016 Programs

    2016
  • Dallas 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The chaotic aftermath. The murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. So many lives changed and forever immersed in the pages of history.   Dallas 2015. Portraits: History Lived is a collaboration between The Dallas Morning News, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and several eyewitnesses to history. This series comprises current photographs of people who were in Dallas in 1963, who witnessed some part of the Kennedys’ visit to Dallas, the assassination of the president or its aftermath. Portraits: History Lived acknowledges the importance of these individuals and their stories to our community and our shared history.   In commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the photographs will be on display at The Sixth Floor Museum for three months, beginning in November 2015, with accompanying online video interviews at dallasnews.com.   Exhibit included with museum admission. Buy tickets here.
  • January 18, 2016
  • With the recent restoration of ties between Cuba and America and the steps being taken towards removing the five-decade embargo against the Latin country, Fort Worth Opera hosted a conversation evaluating JFK’s decision to enforce the blockade, its economic impact during the past 50 years, and why both President Bush and President Obama have made strides to repair the relationship with our Southern neighbor. In extension, FWOpera introduced panelists to discuss JFK’s position on immigration and examine how the topic continues to affect our particular community.   Panelists:
    • John Hernandez, President of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • Jim Riddlesperger, TCU Presidential Scholar, Emcee
    • Carlos Fonts, Native Cuban and Bay of Pigs Veteran
    • Dr. David LaFevor, UTA Assistant Professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities
    • Juan Hernandez, former advisor to Mexican President Vicente Fox
    View this program on YouTube.
  •   The Sixth Floor Museum presented a new temporary exhibit, Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012. Exhibit curator Dr. Hal Wert explored the stories behind the posters and the intriguing political messages that have changed throughout the years. Dr. Wert’s most recent book, George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents: The Best Campaign and Political Posters of the Last Fifty Years was available for purchase and signing.   Dr. Hal Wert is a Professor of History at the Kansas City Art Institute. He has written extensively on political and propaganda posters. He has won numerous awards, including the Kansas City Art Institute Excellence in Teaching Award, the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Kansas City Art Institute’s award for Outstanding Achievement. The posters featured in Sign of the Times are from his personal collection.   View this program on YouTube.   

    This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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  • The Fort Worth Opera Festival will present the world premiere of the opera JFK in April 2016.  A special symposia, presented in partnership with The Sixth Floor Museum, explores different topics related to President Kennedy's administration.

      Covering Tragedy: Journalism in a Changing World will be presented in partnership with North Texas public broadcast KERA and held at The Sixth Floor Museum. Featuring a panel led by Krys Boyd, Host of THINK on KERA, this symposium will explore the changes in news media throughout the past 50 years, and trends in news coverage of tragedies in particular. Moving from a time where newspapers were king and the world consumed media one day at a time, what considerations are made now in covering breaking news relevant in a 24/7 news cycle? Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by clicking the link below, or contacting 817.731.0726 Moderator:
    • Krys Boyd, Host of THINK on KERA
    Panelists:
    • John McCaa, Anchor - WFAA-TV
    • Wade Goodwyn, National Desk Correspondent - NPR
    • Seema Yasmin, Staff Writer - The Dallas Morning News and Professor in Practice - UT Dallas
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and The Dallas Theater Center have partnered to present programming for the Dallas premiere of the play, All the Way, winner of a 2014 Tony Award®. On Monday, March 21st, join in a free public community conversation at The Sixth Floor Museum as we discuss the transfer of power from President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and hear in person from those who worked during both administrations.   Two hours and eight minutes after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn-in aboard Air Force One as the thirty-sixth President of the United States.  As a single, solemn black and white photograph of the swearing-in made its way around the world, a concerned global community was reassured that, despite the tragic events in Dallas, the transition of power in the United States would be a smooth and orderly process.   This panel discussion offered unique comparisons of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and showcased firsthand accounts from November 22, 1963—shared by three individuals representing the worlds of politics, presidential security, and photojournalism; moderated by the Museum’s associate curator, Stephen Fagin.   Julian Read, a longtime public relations and political consultant, was press advisor to Gov. John Connally in 1963.  Traveling with the official party in Fort Worth and Dallas, Read had an insider perspective of the assassination aftermath and the presidential transition that followed.   U.S. Secret Service agent Walt Coughlin served on the White House Detail for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, as well as the protective detail for Vice President Hubert Humphrey.  He was part of the advance team for San Antonio on President Kennedy’s trip to Texas in 1963.   Dallas Times Herald photojournalist Eamon Kennedy captured images of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson numerous times during the 1960s.  On the weekend of the assassination, he took memorable photographs at Dallas Love Field, Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Texas Theatre, and Dallas police headquarters.
  • Jack and Jackie Kennedy were avid supporters of the visual and performing arts, and under his presidency developed positions that empowered the arts and gave a voice to architecture. They hosted White House parties in honor of famous artists, and JFK supported the creation of the GSA Art in Architecture Program to oversee the commission of artwork for new Federal building, and created the position of Special Consultant on the Arts. The panelists for this evening will discuss how Fort Worth welcomed JFK with art 50 years ago and how governmental support affects the creation of art and architecture today. Panelists:
    • Darren Woods, General Director Fort Worth Opera
    • David T. Little, Composer of JFK
    • Andrew Walker, Amon Carter Director
     
  • 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 2016. We're proud to be celebrating our 10th year of CSI Family Day!   Admission is $5 per person and guests who attend CSI Family Day must hold a General Admission ticket for Sunday, April 3, 2016. Reserve your spot today!   Questions? Check out our FAQ!
  • Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who was in President Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas, will discuss his new book with Lisa McCubbin, Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford.
  • Historian and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Brent D. Glass discusses his new book, a guide to the most important cultural and historic sites in the U.S. From Mesa Verde to the Mall of America, these essential sites collectively tell the story of America.  

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  • In 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon, award-winning presidential historian David Pietrusza crafted a revealing, electrifying portrait of the first modern-day presidential campaign, the epic battle between Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. It was the first campaign to utilize the power of television, the first in which all fifty states would participate. More than that, it was the dawn of a bold new decade and the moment when America would select its first president born in the 20th century. With new insight and previously untold stories, Pietrusza characterizes the key participants, explores the grueling inner-party conflicts leading up to the nominating conventions, and eloquently contextualizes one of the closest races in presidential history.   Pietrusza joined Curator Stephen Fagin to discuss the 1960 election, the larger-than-life personalities at its center and the ways in which that important race helped shaped cross-country campaigning right up to the 2016 race for the White House. This special program kicks off The Sixth Floor Museum’s new exhibit, A Time for Greatness, about the 1960 election and the Kennedy campaign, which opens May 21.
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_Highlights   Photographs and artifacts tell unique and sometimes surprising stories. Join our collections staff inside our new temporary exhibit as we highlight our favorite—and most interesting—objects and images from the 1960 campaign, including materials from Senator Kennedy’s visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September 1960.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • ATFG-TeacherWorkshop-graphic_822x320   In this workshop, educators will have a chance to see the A Time for Greatness Exhibit, sample the TEKS aligned education programs and lesson plans that have been designed to accompany ATFG, interact with the Curatorial staff, and tour the permanent exhibit on the Sixth Floor.   This election year experience an exhibit which showcases campaign memorabilia, photographs and film from The Sixth Floor Museum’s collection. This colorful look at the 1960 Kennedy campaign offers a timely exploration of presidential politics from a different era, connecting one historic election year to another through the lens of the incredible campaign of the youngest president ever elected.   $20 | Seating for up to 50 teachers | 4 hours CPE credits available | Reserve your spot here
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_Highlights   Photographs and artifacts tell unique and sometimes surprising stories. Join our collections staff inside our new temporary exhibit as we highlight our favorite—and most interesting—objects and images from the 1960 campaign, including materials from Senator Kennedy’s visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September 1960.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_LBJ   In the final days of the 1960 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird were accosted by demonstrators while visiting Dallas. This incident gained national media attention at the time, and it would return immediately after the assassination in 1963 as a powerful example of the city’s volatile political atmosphere. Through photographs, newspaper accounts, and Museum oral histories, we will explore this extraordinary encounter at the Adolphus Hotel on November 4, 1960—the myth and the reality—and the long-term impact that this incident had on the public perception of Dallas, Texas.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • ATFG-TeacherWorkshop-graphic_822x320   This interdisciplinary workshop will pair The Sixth Floor Museum’s temporary exhibit, A Time For Greatness with Karen Blessen and 29 Pieces’ new program, the Dallas Respect Project.   We will tour the A Time For Greatness exhibit that covers the 1960 Presidential Campaign and use it as a jumping off point to discuss changes over the last 15 presidential elections and why teaching respect and compassion is more important than ever. Teachers will learn to facilitate the Respect Project in their classrooms and will be part in the Respect Art Project, which will place 25,000 pieces of art around Dallas during the 2016 election season.   29 Pieces and the Dallas Respect Project seeks to enhance quality of life in our city by using art to realize the highest social ideals such as respect for all living creatures, social and racial justice, nonviolence and the importance of creative expression.   $25 | Seating for up to 50 teachers | Reserve your spot here
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_Highlights   Photographs and artifacts tell unique and sometimes surprising stories. Join our collections staff inside our new temporary exhibit as we highlight our favorite—and most interesting—objects and images from the 1960 campaign, including materials from Senator Kennedy’s visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September 1960.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • Cuba, often at center stage in international affairs, is again the focus of global attention. Since Fidel Castro stepped down after nearly fifty years as Cuba's leader, his brother, Raúl Castro, has embarked upon a series of reforms that are gradually but fundamentally changing the country. The 2014 announcement to normalize Cuba-U.S. relations after over five decades during which the two countries had no diplomatic ties also signifies a historic shift. Outsiders have highly diverging views about Cuba and its history, particularly since the 1959 Revolution, which made major changes to Cuba's government, economy, and society. While the revolution brought opportunities and advances long denied to many Cubans, others lost property, jobs, and the positions they held in Cuban society. Cubans today have very different opinions about their country's history and its future direction. Lunch, materials and G/T hours provided at NO cost. Click here to register for this workshop. NOTE: 'No Shows' will be charged $25
  •   ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_Wives2   Mrs. Nixon and Mrs. Kennedy both supported their husbands as they campaigned for president but did so in very different ways. Mrs. Nixon accompanied her husband everywhere and he referred to her in almost every speech. Mrs. Kennedy hated campaigning and avoided it when possible – aided in part by her pregnancy. We will explore these two unique women and their personalities through clips from the campaign trail as well as 1960 magazines and photographs from the Museum’s collections.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_Coffee   There is much more to the story of the 1960 campaign than we were able to tell in our A Time for Greatness exhibit. Join our curatorial staff for an informal question-and-answer session as we explore many of the topics touched on in the exhibit as well as new areas that our audience would like to discuss.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_PT109   On August 2, 1943, Lt. John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one injured crewmember, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. This dramatic tale of World War II heroism framed Senator Kennedy’s political narrative as he ran for president in 1960. We will discuss the impact that the PT-109 story had on Kennedy’s life and career, including a special screening of a ve-minute 1960 campaign commercial hosted by actor Henry Fonda.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • ATFG-GalleryTalks-graphics_822x320_LBJ   In the final days of the 1960 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird were accosted by demonstrators while visiting Dallas. This incident gained national media attention at the time, and it would return immediately after the assassination in 1963 as a powerful example of the city’s volatile political atmosphere. Through photographs, newspaper accounts, and Museum oral histories, we will explore this extraordinary encounter at the Adolphus Hotel on November 4, 1960—the myth and the reality—and the long-term impact that this incident had on the public perception of Dallas, Texas.   Free with Museum admission | $5 Gallery Talk and Exhibit Admission Only | Reserve tickets here
  • I&D_822x320   NEW TICKETS JUST RELEASED! We have a small number of seats that just became available, so if you weren't able to get a ticket before or wanted to invite a friend, now's your chance! RSVP quickly, these will go fast! Click to RSVP   This special evening, featuring five Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers and one winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation Award, will provide a platform to launch a powerful community dialogue on the toll of violence and war. These photojournalists have captured indelible images that have shaped our understanding of world events and the continuing impact of these events on the present. This special program, presented by The Sixth Floor Museum and 29 Pieces, will include a panel discussion, along with readings and performances from Pulitzer Prize-winning books and theatrical productions by Dallas artists.   In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the program will also examine the impact of the Prizes and their continued relevance today. The program is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is requested.   Panel:
    • David Hume Kennerly, 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, for images of the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Ali v. Frazier World Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden and refugees escaping from East Pakistan into India. Two years later Kennerly was appointed President Gerald R. Ford's 
Chief White House Photographer.
    • Nick Ut, 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, for "The Terror of War," depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing.
    • Carol Guzy, has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement.
    • David Leeson, 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, for his coverage of the Iraq War.
    • Bob Jackson, 1964, Pulitzer Prize for Photography, for his photograph of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.
    • Heidi Levine, won the International Women’s Media Foundation inaugural Anja Niedringhaus (Pulitzer Prize winner killed in action) courage in photojournalism award for her work in Gaza.
    Moderator:
    • Karen Blessen, Pulitzer Prize, Explanatory Journalism, 1989, the first artist to be named as a Pulitzer Prize winner and Founder and Executive Artistic Director of 29 Pieces.
    This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

    Seating is limited. If you are unable to attend, please do us the courtesy of releasing your ticket so another guest may attend. Reserve your seat here.

  • September 22, 2016
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      This year on North Texas Giving Day, you can help bring underserved Dallas students to one of the most important historic sites in the country and start a conversation with them about history.   On September 22, every donation of $25 or more between 6 a.m. and midnight on NorthTexasGivingDay.org will be multiplied by bonus funds, so every gift goes further in helping our mission! In fact, a $25 minimum donation will cover the cost to bring one student to the Museum and teach them about how the past shapes our present and influences our future.   This North Texas Giving Day, help students discover and learn more about the city they live in. Let them be #InspiredByHistoryClick here to support The Sixth Floor Museum.