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at The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, began infor-
mally in 1989, shortly after The Sixth Floor exhibit
opened in the former Texas School Book Deposi-
tory building. At that time, the collection included
only a few audio cassette-recorded interviews
with President John F. Kennedy assassination
eyewitnesses and members of the 1960's news
media. A formal, ongoing videotape project was
launched in 1992, with the purpose of recording
the recollections of individuals directly connected
with President Kennedy's visit to Dallas, his assas-
sination, and the subsequent investigations. More
than 40 Dealey Plaza eyewitnesses, 30 communi-
ty leaders, 50 law enforcement officials, and 100
members of the media have recorded their mem-
ories of that fateful day, November 22, 1963,
and the ones that followed. Many other contribu-
tors have shared how President Kennedy's life
and death helped define their childhoods, influ-
enced their career choices, or motivated them to
a greater civic involvement.
Since 1992, the project's scope has slowly
broadened to encompass a more diverse per-
spective on the assassination and its aftermath
within the context of the history and culture of
Dallas and the early 1960s. While John F. Ken-
nedy's assassination and its historic repercussions
continue to be the primary focus, the project has
expanded to include the years 1955 to 1975 and
captures personal recollections of other historic
events, such as the Civil Rights Movement, anti-
Vietnam War activism, the space program, the
Peace Corps, and the experience of growing up
in the 1960s. For example, Valda H. Montgom-
ery, a civil rights activist from Montgomery, Ala-
bama, recorded her childhood memories of the
aftermath of the 1955 bus boycott and the civil
rights freedom riders.
To date, more than 650 one-on-one oral history
interviews, as well as a number of public museum
programs, have been recorded. The list of con-
tributors come from all walks of life-from the leg-
endary Walter Cronkite, to Lee Harvey Oswald's
9th grade science teacher, to people like Isabel
Make, a high school student at the time of Ken-
nedy's assassination. The Sixth Floor Museum
continues to invite anyone with recollections of
the Kennedy assassination or who would like to
share their experiences of significant events and
social movements during the 1960s and early
1970s to contact the museum. Interviews are
conducted by appointment or by telephone for
those living outside the Dallas area. Interested re-
searchers or participants can call 214-747-6660
and speak with Stephen Fagin, oral historian at
the museum, or visit www.jfk.org.
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