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The Last Days of Lee Harvey Oswald: A Conversation with Ruth Paine

November 19, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

| $20


Ruth Paine’s house in 1963. Courtesy Irving Archives, Irving Public Library


The Last Days of Lee Harvey Oswald: A Conversation with Ruth Paine

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Reception 6 p.m. | Program 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a wine reception


Thrust overnight into the center of an international tragedy, Ruth Paine still ponders a different outcome if she’d known Lee Harvey Oswald had stashed a rifle in her garage. For the first time ever, Ruth will share her story at the Museum, joining Curator Stephen Fagin in conversation as she reflects on her friendship with Marina Oswald and how the legacy of the Kennedy assassination continues to impact her life.


About Ruth Paine

A housewife living in Irving, Texas, Ruth Paine met Lee and Marina Oswald at a party in February 1963. Seven months later, when the Oswald marriage began to falter, Marina and her children moved into Ruth’s home. As a Quaker, Paine was opposed to weapons, and it wasn’t until the afternoon of November 22, 1963 that she learned Oswald had hidden his rifle in her garage.


Paine’s friendship with Marina and her proximity to Lee has placed her at the heart of this historic event; the aftermath of the events of 1963 still affect her today. In 2009, the City of Irving purchased her former home and restored it to its 1963 appearance, where it is now open to the public as a historic museum.



Presented in partnership with the City of Irving/Ruth Paine House Museum.






This program is part of a special four-day series commemorating the anniversary of the assassination.


Purchase a series ticket at a special value of $56. Series ticket includes all four programs and admission to the permanent exhibit John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation on Friday, November 22.


  • The Last Days of Lee Harvey Oswald: A Conversation with Ruth Paine | Tuesday, November 19
  • Toward a Psychological Understanding of Lee Oswald, Assassin | Wednesday, November 20
  • Three Hours in Dallas: Film Premiere with Live Musical Score | Thursday, November 21
  • 56th Anniversary Program: Living History with Bill Mercer | Friday, November 22


November 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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