November 2, 2017

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Announces Special Exhibit on Kennedy Funeral

DALLAS, TX – November 2, 2017: On Friday, November 17, 2017, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will open a special temporary exhibit, Mourning a President. The exhibition will close on Presidents Day, February 19, 2018.

Mourning a President presents a compelling chronology of the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and his burial in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, November 25, 1963, in Washington, D.C.

The funeral of President Kennedy was our nation’s most elaborate presidential funeral since the burial of Abraham Lincoln almost a century earlier in April 1865. Over the course of eighteen hours on November 24 and November 25, 1963, approximately 250,000 mourners honored President Kennedy, who lay in state inside the Capitol Rotunda. Foreign leaders came from around the globe to pay their respects and to participate in the funeral procession.

This exhibit will feature many significant historical objects from the Museum’s collections that include hand-written notes from Mrs. Kennedy addressing the intricate planning for the funeral, a funeral program from St. Matthew’s Cathedral, mass cards, eulogies and special editions of newspapers and magazines.

“It is staggering to imagine the meticulous planning and intricate coordination required to ensure all aspects of the funeral came together in less than three days, especially in the midst of such overwhelming national shock and grief,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

As a featured highlight of the exhibit, the Museum will display for the first time fully unfurled, the 15-foot-long flag that flew at half-staff above the Senate Wing of the U.S. Capitol during the 30-day national mourning period.

A powerful video that incorporates moving personal accounts from the Museum’s oral history collection, news footage and never-before-seen home movies will provide an intimate and emotionally powerful retrospective of the president’s funeral.

In conjunction with Mourning a President, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., the Museum will offer a special public program featuring Major William F. Lee. As a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963, Major Lee commanded the Silent Drill Platoon at the historic 8th & I Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. Lee served sentry duty around President John F. Kennedy’s casket in the East Room of the White House and in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Author of The Boys in Blue White Dress, Lee will sign copies following the program. The program is free with Museum admission or $10 for program-only admission.

Mourning a President is presented with support from the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.

 

Contact Information
Laurie Ivy
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
lauriei@jfk.org
Direct: 214.389.3046

 

About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in eight languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.

Admission: $16 Adult, $14 Senior, $13 Youth (children aged 5 and under are free). Entrance to Mourning a President is included with Museum admission.

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October 25, 2017

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Announces Special Program on JFK Records Release

DALLAS, TX – October 25, 2017: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is presenting a special program on Saturday, November 18, 2017 focused on the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. What Has the Government Been Hiding? 54 Years of Secrets & the Release of the JFK Records will feature a conversation with best-selling authors Larry Sabato and Philip Shenon, moderated by NPR’s Dave Davies.

The JFK Records Collection Act mandated that by October 26, 2017, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) must release all withheld government files pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and Shenon, a former New York Times investigative reporter, will discuss the ramifications and revelations of the final release of the JFK records.

“The Museum’s mission is to help place into context the assassination of President Kennedy, and the additional information contained in these remaining documents could have potential value to researchers and historians,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. “Larry and Phil have a unique depth of knowledge and are highly regarded by assassination scholars, so we look forward to hearing their perspective on this timely topic.”

The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 on the Museum’s seventh floor. Program tickets are $15, and advance purchase is recommended at jfk.org.

Entrance to the permanent exhibition, John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation, is not included with the purchase of a program-only ticket and requires a separate general admission ticket.

About Larry Sabato
Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won two Emmys, and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and the award-winning Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He is the author of The Kennedy Half-Century, which examines the life, assassination and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

About Philip Shenon
Philip Shenon was an investigative journalist for The New York Times for more than twenty years. As a Washington correspondent for the Times, he covered the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the State Department. As a foreign correspondent for the paper, he reported from more than sixty countries and several war zones. His book, A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, was named the best American history book of 2014 by the Society of American Historians, based at Columbia University. The book’s title refers to the first sentence of the Warren Commission’s report: “The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a cruel and shocking act of violence directed against a man, a family, a nation, and against all mankind.” Shenon also authored The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. Both books were New York Times bestsellers. Shenon is a frequent contributor to NPR, Politico, The Washington Post, Newsweek and the Guardian.

About Dave Davies
Dave Davies has covered local politics and government in Philadelphia for more than thirty years. A senior reporter for WHYY-FM, a public radio station in Philadelphia, he is also a contributor and fill-in host for Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Before that he was reporter and columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked from 1990 to 2010. Before joining the Daily News, Davies was city hall bureau chief for KYW News Radio, and city hall correspondent for WHYY. A native Texan, Davis graduated from the University of Texas in 1975.

Contact Information
Laurie Ivy
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
lauriei@jfk.org
Direct: 214.389.3046

About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in eight languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.

Admission: $16 Adult, $14 Senior, $13 Youth (children aged 5 and under are free). Tickets to What Has the Government Been Hiding? 54 Years of Secrets & the Release of the JFK Records are $15. Admission tickets and program tickets sold separately.

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October 20, 2017

Statement on The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992

In July 2017, the National Archives began to release a portion of formerly withheld records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as part of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. Additional records are expected for release by October 26, 2017. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has no specific insight into these particular documents. We acknowledge that this additional information may have potential value to researchers and historians. The Museum’s mission is to help place into context the assassination of President Kennedy, and we anticipate the records release could lead to a broader understanding of the assassination and the time period.

On November 18, the Museum is hosting a public program, What Has the Government Been Hiding? 54 Years of Secrets & the Release of the JFK Records. Moderated by Dave Davies and featuring noted authors Larry Sabato and Philip Shenon, the timely topic of the JFK Records Collection Act and pending records release will be discussed.

For more information about the program, please visit https://www.jfk.org/event/jfk-records-release. For more information about the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act and The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection at the National Archives, see https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk.

Contact Information

Laurie Ivy
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
lauriei@jfk.org
Direct: 214.389.3046

About the Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in eight languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.

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September 13, 2017

55th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis: White House Correspondent Sid Davis’s Eyewitness Accounts October 23 at The Sixth Floor Museum

DALLAS, TX – September 7, 2017: Fifty-five years ago, White House Correspondent Sid Davis was in the Oval Office when President John F. Kennedy demanded that Soviet missiles be removed from Cuba. Just over a year later, Davis covered the Kennedy assassination and witnessed the swearing-in of President Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One in Dallas. On October 23, Davis will be at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to share his eyewitness perspective on these and other significant stories he covered during the Kennedy years.

Davis became White House Correspondent for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in 1960 just in time to cover one of the closest presidential races in history, Massachusetts Senator Kennedy vs. Vice President Nixon. From Inauguration Day 1961 to November 22, 1963, Davis closely followed President Kennedy on an almost daily basis across the United States and overseas.

“Only a handful of reporters had the kind of access to President Kennedy that Sid was granted. We are honored that he is coming to the Museum to share his candid personal memories and riveting eyewitness accounts,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. “This special presentation marks the 55th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, and the concerns about nuclear war continue to be as relevant today as they were in 1962.”

The program, titled From the Oval Office to Dallas Love Field: White House Correspondent Sid Davis Remembers, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23 on the Museum’s seventh floor. Tickets are $15, and advance purchase is recommended at jfk.org.

About Sid Davis

Mr. Davis spent most of his career as a network journalist. He was Washington Bureau Chief for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company from 1960 to 1978, then became vice president and Washington Bureau chief for NBC News until 1982. He was one of three reporters to witness the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One, and his pool report was the first word flashed to the world that Johnson had become 36th President of the United States.

Davis traveled the globe covering, interviewing or directing coverage of nine United States presidents. He directed coverage of the national political conventions and such major stories as Watergate, the Gulf War and the uprisings that brought about the end of the Cold War.

Only three reporters were selected to witness the swearing-in of President Johnson, and Davis is the last surviving member of that elite group. He traveled with the White House Press in the Kennedy motorcade through Dallas, and then covered the immediate aftermath of the assassination.

He also spent seven years as program director of the Voice of America and was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. A graduate of Ohio University, Davis is an inductee of the Ohio University School of Communication Hall of Fame and a recipient of several other awards for outstanding contributions to journalism.

He continues to write and lecture on the media, and his colorful, descriptive presentations reflect the work of a devoted reporter.

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Former White House correspondent Sid Davis will be at The Sixth Floor Museum on Monday, October 23. Davis covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and was one of just three journalists to witness the swearing-in of Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One at Dallas Love Field.

Contact Information

Laurie Ivy
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
lauriei@jfk.org
Direct: 214.389.3046

About the Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in six languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.

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