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To Shape A City: Dallas After JFK

November 19, 2023 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

| $20

A special panel discussion at Thanks-giving Square—which is being co-presented by Preservation Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and The Thanks-Giving Foundation—will explore a few of the more significant interventions that took place in Dallas over the decade following the assassination: the “Goals For Dallas” planning process, spearheaded by then Mayor Erik Jonsson; and the establishment of The Thanks-Giving Foundation and subsequent construction of Thanks-Giving Square, designed by architect Philip Johnson. We will follow the event at Thanks-Giving Square with an optional walk over to the JFK Memorial, another work by Philip Johnson.


  • A talk by preservation architect Marcel Quimby about “Goals For Dallas,” a major civic planning process initiated by Mayor Erik Jonsson
  • A screening of the promotional short film “To Shape A City,” which was produced as a public introduction to Goals For Dallas
  • A presentation on the history and development of Thanks-Giving Square by Kyle Ogden, Executive Director of The Thanks-Giving Foundation
  • A question-and-answer session with our speakers, facilitated by Nicola Longford, CEO of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
  • A walking tour of Thanks-Giving Square, designed by noted architect Philip Johnson
  • An optional post-event walk over to the JFK Memorial Plazaalso designed by Philip Johnsonadjacent to the Old Red Courthouse


November 19, 2023
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Thanksgiving Square
1627 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, 75201 United States
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(214) 969-1977
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