Past Programs

Past 2017 Programs

    2017
  • This teacher workshop, held on the opening day of the Museum’s new exhibit, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, featured special guest presenters Jenny Sweeney from National Archives Fort Worth and Sharon Brannon from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This professional development opportunity provided educators of grades 5-12 with new ways to connect with the first 10 amendments of the Constitution and engaging classroom activities related to the Bill of Rights.  
  • In celebration of the 28th anniversary of The Sixth Floor Museum on Presidents Day, this special program featured constitutional law expert Professor Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Bloom examined the creation of the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on the First Amendment in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Amending America: The Bill of Rights, which was on display through March 16.
  • March 26, 2017
    Evidence from a recent crime + New technology applied to a cold case = Two crimes to solve! Do you have what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Study the crime scenes and analyze clues left behind using UV fluorescence as well as burn pattern, blood spatter and glass breakage analyses to crack the case on two mock crimes and determine how they are connected. Recommended for ages 8+, this program was offered in partnership with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Program.
  • Renowned forensic pathologist, consultant and author Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, who has spent more than 50 years researching President Kennedy’s assassination, presented a multimedia lecture on key areas of the Warren Commission’s 1964 investigation, including President Kennedy’s autopsy and the controversial single bullet theory.   As a distinguished elder statesman of the assassination research community and current chairman of the Citizens Against Political Assassinations organization, Wecht remains an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
  • To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, this program featured a conversation between the president’s nephew Stephen Kennedy Smith, noted historian Douglas Brinkley and acclaimed journalist Rena Pederson. Kennedy Smith and Brinkley are co-authors of  JFK: A Vision For America, a compilation of President Kennedy’s greatest speeches with commentary by top historians, leading political thinkers and preeminent writers and authors.
  • This workshop included primary source activities and guest speakers to put into context the struggle for equal rights from 1776 through today and looking onward. Teachers broaden their own content knowledge and develop primary source-based lesson plans that demonstrate the significance and relevance of historic civil rights milestones.  Speakers: Julie L. Hershenberg, J.D., M.A., M.P.T., Professor of Political Science, Collin College; Ernest McMillan, Civil Rights Activist; Stephen Fagin, Curator and Oral Historian, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza; and Zac Harmon, Executive Director, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture.
  • Armed with newly released documents from the original prosecution file, Judge Brandon Birmingham and criminal defense attorney/former Dallas County assistant district attorney Toby Shook told the story of the “trial of the century” that played out just months later in a Dallas courtroom.
  • In a special program marking the 55th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, former White House correspondent Sid Davis shared his memories of being in the Oval Office in October 1962 when President Kennedy demanded the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba. Davis was also in the motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and was one of three journalists to witness the swearing-in of President Johnson aboard Air Force One.
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    The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 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. What will be revealed as these documents are examined? Will the contents provide answers or create more questions?

     

    Best-selling authors Dr. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and Philip Shenon, former New York Times reporter, will discuss the ramifications and revelations of this final release of the records with moderator Dave Davies on Saturday, November 18 at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

     

    Following the program, Philip Shenon will be available to sign copies of his book, A Cruel and Shocking Act, on sale at the museum bookstore or the Museum Store + Café, located at 501 Elm Street. Signed copies of Sabato’s The Kennedy Half-Century are also available for sale.

     

    About Dr. 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 warzones. His book, A Cruel and Shocking Act, takes its title from 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. He 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.

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