Here is a list of events scheduled to take place in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.
The city's official commemoration event will be November 22 in Dealey Plaza, and includes historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough reading excerpts from some of Kennedy's speeches; the tolling of church bells throughout the city; a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m., the time Kennedy was shot; a performance by the Naval Academy Men's Glee Club; and a ceremonial flyover of military aircraft.
Attendance is limited to the 5,000 ticket-holders who have already been selected from among more than 13,000 who applied for admission. The program also will be simulcast live on screens in several locations, including AT&T Plaza at Victory Park, 2500 Victory Avenue; AT&T Performing Arts Center Annette Strauss Square, 2403 Flora Street; and JFK Memorial at Founders Plaza, Main Street at Record Street.
The ongoing exhibit, John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation, is on display, and throughout the month there will be several lectures and book signings; check the museum's website for more information. Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm Street. Adult admission is $16. 214-747-6660.The Kennedy Half-Century
Join University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato and a panel of key witnesses from the John F. Kennedy assassination for a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. Witnesses include (among others) a member of the press in the motorcade; a co-worker of Lee Harvey Oswald; and the first physician on the scene to attend to President Kennedy. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Sabato will also sign his new book, "The Kennedy Half-Century," after the event at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, 300 Reunion Boulevard, in Dallas.
Admission: Free and Open to the Public The University of Virginia Center for Politics invites you to join them for the viewing of "The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy" at the Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce Street, Dallas, where we will watch the commemoration via large screen television. The viewing, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will be followed by a luncheon reception. To attend, you must RSVP to Glenn Crossman at 434-243-3540 or CFPfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the month of November, The Catholic Foundation is dedicating its art wall to the honor and memory of the country's first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The Catholic Foundation invites the community to take a moment this month to visit the Plaza at 2300 Flora Street, reflect upon the President’s memory, and pray for the leaders of today and the future. Admission is free.
El Centro College presents a gallery art show examining the influence of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy on fashion retail during the early 1960s. It can be viewed through Friday, December 13 in the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery, 801 Main Street, Dallas. Admission is free.
The Bank Tower at Oak Cliff, 400 South Zang Boulevard, Dallas, will commemorate the 50th year since the Kennedy Assassination with a special program on Friday, November 22. It begins at 9 a.m. with the Bishop Dunne High School band playing some of the late president’s favorite songs. The tower's lobby also has an exhibition of cultural, historical and artistic artifacts of the Kennedy Presidential era. Admission is free and the exhibit is open daily.
On Friday, November 22, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, will mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a respectful observance highlighting the events that took place at Love Field on that fateful day. The centerpiece is the only mock-up of President Kennedy’s aircraft, Air Force One, as it was configured during the president’s visit to Dallas. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden will conduct a program featuring the world premiere of Conrad Tao’s "The World is Very Different Now," which the DSO commissioned in memory of President Kennedy. The concert will be presented November 21-23 at 8 p.m. and November 24 at 2:30 P.M. Admission is charged.
The movie theater at 231 West Jefferson Boulevard in Dallas where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured on November 22, 1963 will screen the two movies that were showing that day: War Is Hell and Cry of Battle. There will also be a 35mm presentation of Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK, and a theatrical re-creation of the Warren Commission's interviews with Texas Theatre employees who were on duty that day — Julia Postal, Butch Burroughs and John Brewer, the man who noticed Oswald going into the theater. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. followed by "War Is Hell" at 1:20 p.m.; "Cry of Battle" at 2:45 p.m.; the staged reading of the Warren Commission interviews at 6:30 p.m.; and "JFK" at 8 p.m. Admission is charged. There will also be free lobby tours and a photo exhibit on display from 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.