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The Sixth Floor Museum Observes JFK’s Birthday with Free Program

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will observe what would have been President John F. Kennedy’s 96th birthday on Wednesday, May 29, with a special program that looks back at the extensive work that went into the creation of The Sixth Floor. “Assassination and Commemoration: A Conversation with Stephen Fagin, Conover Hunt and Lindalyn Adams,” will bring the museum’s two key founders — historian Conover Hunt and preservation activist Lindalyn Adams — together at the museum for the first time to discuss the decade they spent making the exhibition a reality while helping a community confront its darkest tragedy. Stephen Fagin, the museum’s associate curator and author of a new book that recounts the community’s efforts, will lead the conversation. The program starts at 2 p.m. and is free but tickets are required. Advance tickets are no longer available; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Dallas Museum of Art to Participate in the Blue Star Museums Program

Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 2013 launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. Beginning Friday, May 24, 2013, in observance of Memorial Day, through Sunday, September 1, 2013, in observance of Labor Day, the DMA will offer free admission to its special touring exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum to all active military personnel and their families. The DMA returned to a free general admission policy in January of this year.

George Washington Portrait Sells for $662,500 at Heritage Auctions

Rembrandt Peale’s iconic portrait of U.S. President George Washington – created in the artist’s lifelong quest to paint the most recognizable image of the “Father of the United States” – realized a new world record for a porthole portrait by the artist when it sold for $662,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ two-day, $4.5+ million American art events in Dallas.

Plans for Dallas Maritime Museum Announced

Noting it will boost tourism, inspire patriotism and serve as an economic catalyst for Southern Dallas and the Trinity Corridor area, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and other local leaders today unveiled plans to build the Dallas Maritime Museum, which will feature U.S. Navy and other vessels that may have borne the name Dallas in active maritime service or have a connection to the North Texas region. The news conference was held at the 3.5-acre site of the museum, located in the Cedars neighborhoods on the banks of the Trinity River and minutes from downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center.