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.
The program signals the launch of Fagin’s book, ASSASSINATION AND COMMEMORATION: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, published by University of Oklahoma Press. The shots that killed President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 were fired from the sixth floor of a nondescript warehouse at the edge of Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. That floor in the former Texas School Book Depository became a museum exhibit in 1989 and was designated part of a National Historic Landmark District in 1993. Like the museum itself, Fagin’s book both carefully studies a community’s confrontation with tragedy and explores the ways we preserve the past.
ASSASSINATION AND COMMEMORATION is currently available exclusively at The Sixth Floor Museum until its nationwide release in July 2013. Fagin, Hunt and Adams will be available for a book signing at the conclusion of the program.
The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ West End District. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.