Past 2024 Programs

    2024
  • Friday, June 7 | 1:00 p.m. | Free with Museum Admission   Join Museum staff members on the seventh floor each week for a fifteen-minute gallery talk about Two Days in Texas. Visitors are invited to take a deeper look at the details that shape the exhibition; from powerful eyewitness accounts to rarely seen objects on display and more.
  • Friday, June 21 | 1:00 p.m. | Free with Museum Admission   Join Museum staff members on the seventh floor each week for a fifteen-minute gallery talk about Two Days in Texas. Visitors are invited to take a deeper look at the details that shape the exhibition; from powerful eyewitness accounts to rarely seen objects on display and more.
  • Friday, July 5 | 1:00 p.m. | Free with Museum Admission   Join Museum staff members on the seventh floor each week for a fifteen-minute gallery talk about Two Days in Texas. Visitors are invited to take a deeper look at the details that shape the exhibition; from powerful eyewitness accounts to rarely seen objects on display and more.
  • Friday, July 12 | 1:00 p.m. | Free with Museum Admission   Join Museum staff members on the seventh floor each week for a fifteen-minute gallery talk about Two Days in Texas. Visitors are invited to take a deeper look at the details that shape the exhibition; from powerful eyewitness accounts to rarely seen objects on display and more.
  • doris kearns goodwin book cover SOLD OUT: Explore the 1960s Through the Personal Lens of Doris Kearns Goodwin   Join The Sixth Floor Museum for an exclusive lunch and learn experience featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin! In a bespoke setting which befits the historic significance of her work, join the world-renowned author as she discusses her latest publication, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, a reflection of life with her late husband, Richard Goodwin. With seating limited to just over 100 attendees, you will want to secure your spot today!

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      The author’s work weaves together biography, memoir, and history, drawing from saved letters, diaries, and memorabilia that offer a personal view of the 1960s including memories of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, and especially Lyndon Johnson. Local historian Talmage Boston will lead the conversation with the author bringing a pivotal era of American history to life through her personal narrative. Reserve your seat today for this exclusive engagement featuring the #1 New York Times Best-Selling author, Doris Kearns Goodwin and experience firsthand where history meets a journey of personal discovery.   Program tickets include a light lunch and a copy of the book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s. Tickets do not include Museum admission. Museum members receive discounted ticket pricing, contact membership@jfk.org to learn more.   11:00 a.m. | Check-In and Lunch Reception 12:00 p.m. | Program Begins Ticket Price: $75  

    About the Author

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian, international keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author and a partner in Pastimes Productions. Her eighth book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, will be published on April 16, 2024. Artfully weaving together biography, memoir and history, this new book takes readers on the emotional journey Doris and her husband, Richard (Dick) Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life as they delved into more than 300 boxes of letters, diaries, documents and memorabilia that Dick had saved for more than fifty years. They soon realized they had before them an unparalleled personal time capsule of the 1960s, of the events and pivotal figures of the decade—John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy and especially Lyndon Johnson. She served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. Goodwin has served as a consultant for PBS and History Channel documentaries as well as for filmmaker Ken Burns, and she frequently appears on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and CNN. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
  • Join Museum Curator Stephen Fagin for a special Living History program featuring special guests John Sparks and William Craven. As members of the Eastern Hills High School Band, Sparks played trumpet and Cravens played trombone at the presidential breakfast at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963. Both instruments are currently on display in the special exhibition, Two Days in Texas. Mr. Cravens late father also attended the breakfast as a member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Nearly sixty years later, Cravens donated his trombone to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. In a collection that currently totals nearly 95,000 objects, William Craven's trombone is - as of January 2023 - our only musical instrument. Mr. Sparks, who spent four decades as a television broadcast producer and journalist for WFAA, saved original WFAA-TV/Channel 8 films and videotapes of Kennedy assassination news coverage from being destroyed in the early 1980s. Included with Museum admission.   John Sparks recorded an Oral History for the Museum on October 6, 2006, view it here, and William Cravens recorded one on January 10, 2023, view it here. Both live in our online collections database.   Be sure to visit the seventh floor of the Museum, where the special exhibition Two Days in Texas is on display. Experience the story of President John F. Kennedy's two-day trip through Texas with rarely seen objects and eyewitness interviews from each city the president visited, including Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas. Each Friday during the exhibitions run, Museum staff host a special gallery talk at 1:00 p.m., offering an in-depth look beyond the exhibition. On the last Friday of each month, the Museum welcomes individuals with a direct connection to Two Days in Texas for a Living History program with Curator Stephen Fagin.   You can view past Living History programs related to the special exhibition on the Museum's YouTube Channel.   Can't make it in May? Mark your calendars for next month: Friday, June 28 | Living History with San Antonio student journalist Dr. Lee Alvoid  
  • Join Museum Curator Stephen Fagin for a special Living History program featuring guest Dr. Lee Alvoid. Dr. Alvoid was co-editor of her high school newspaper in San Antonio in 1963. She briefly met President and Mrs. Kennedy, and attended a student press conference with the president, during the Kennedys' visit to San Antonio on November 21, 1963. Prior to joining the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 2001, Dr. Alvoid spent the first thirty-two years of her career as a teacher and principal in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district in Texas.   Be sure to visit the seventh floor of the Museum, where the special exhibition Two Days in Texas is on display. Experience the story of President John F. Kennedy's two-day trip through Texas with rarely seen objects and eyewitness interviews from each city the president visited, including Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas. Each Friday during the exhibitions run, Museum staff host a special gallery talk at 1:00 p.m., offering an in-depth look beyond the exhibition. On the last Friday of each month, the Museum welcomes individuals with a direct connection to Two Days in Texas for a Living History program with Curator Stephen Fagin.   You can view past Living History programs related to the special exhibition on the Museum's YouTube Channel.   Can't make it in June? Mark your calendars for next month: Friday, July 26 at 1 p.m. | Living History with Assassination eyewitness Gretchen Coben