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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: I’ve never forgotten that tragic image of US president John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Although I wasn’t born when he was killed, I’ve always been curious to see the street. Now my boyfriend and I are going to have a chance to visit some friends who are getting married in Texas this fall. If you know the name of the street, please let me know.

A: It was meant to be a routine political event in Dallas. President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie along with the presidential motorcade were supposed to pass through Dealey Plaza along Elm Street on November 22, 1963. In mere seconds, the journalists who were gathered there to cover a political event found themselves documenting a breaking news story that has since become a part of American history.

Today, there is a new multimedia exhibition which is organized by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza which you can visit while there. Called “Covering Chaos,” the exhibit located in the former Texas School Book Depository focuses on the four days of news coverage that occurred after the president’s assassination.

Historic footage, videos, photographs and lots of oral history along with artifacts such as the old media equipment used that day are part of this fascinating exhibit. Covering Chaos is a temporary exhibition that closes January 31, 2006.

You can also roam through the permanent collection which features nearly 400 photographs, 45 minutes of documentary films, artifacts, graphs, charts, and other related interpretive materials.

Exhibit sections are appropriately named: “The Early 1960’s” “The Trip To Texas” “The Corner Window” and more. For a bird’s eye view of the location, the creators of the www.earthcam.com/jfk/ web site have coordinated with the museum to give a live cam of the “Grassy Knoll.”

It’s reported to be the only live cam in the world to give you a view from the sniper’s perch. The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm at Houston streets in the West End Historic District in downtown Dallas.

Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 1.888.485.4854.


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