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Best Events To Honor JFK's Memory

The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy

The 50th: Remembering JFK
President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie riding in his motorcade through the streets of Downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963

411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Date: Nov. 22
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Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will read excerpts from some of Kennedy's speeches during "The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy," in Dealey Plaza. A tolling of church bells throughout the city and a moment of silence will happen at 12:30 p.m. -- the time Kennedy was shot. The Naval Academy Men's Glee Club will perform and a ceremonial flyover of military aircraft is scheduled during the event. Attendance is limited to the 5,000 ticket-holders who were already 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, about a mile and a half from Dealey Plaza.

JFK Assassination Symposium

Allen Public Library 300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, TX
Date: Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
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The Allen Public Library offers its patrons eyewitnesses to historic events at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 20. Sponsored by Bach to Books, this program is free and no reservations are required.

  • Jim Leavelle, 7 p.m.
  • Gerald Posne, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim Marrs, Beverly Oliver and Coke Buchanan, 8 p.m.

1,000 Days of Camelot at The Hôtel St Germain

2516 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Dates: Nov. 20 – 24
Cost: visit website as prices vary per meal
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Diners are invited to take a sentimental journey in homage to a handsome young couple and a celebration of the fabled grace and beauty of Jacqueline Kennedy. Her sense of style and trend setting couture will be highlighted in a cocktail party, dinner and Sunday brunch.

JFK Lancer 50th Anniversary November in Dallas Conference

JFK Lancer, Adolphus Hotel
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Dates: Nov. 21 – 24
Cost: $350 adults/$75 students
Hashtag: ##NID50th
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JFK Lancer's NID 2013 Conference focuses on historical research relevant to John F. Kennedy's presidency and assassination. The theme is "It's Time To Take Another Look." The conference will illustrate how modern technology and research can shed new light on early government investigations, historical research, witness statements and document collections. The exciting, exploratory and educational presentations will bring to life the evidence as we understand it today, not as the Warren Commission knew it in 1964.

JFK Play - "Noah's Ark"

Unity Church of Dallas
6525 Forest Lane
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Date: Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Noah's Ark, by Pittsburgh playwright Ginny Cunningham, has been three years in development and will have a public staged reading at Unity Church of Dallas on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. James Douglass will join Sheen and Cunningham for a talk-back following the 90-minute reading. The play is about Colonel Elliott Benson, the consummate CIA and military insider and advisor to the President, who is tortured by the thought that he may have been unwittingly complicit in the assassination. Determined to redeem himself, Benson journeys into his past, where he must confirm or deny his loyalties, patriotism, and faithfulness. Has he betrayed his values? Can he live in peace with his choices? The story sails the rough waters of the Kennedy presidency – the Bay of Pigs, the summit with Khrushchev in Vienna, a line in the sand in Berlin, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the prelude to Vietnam. Global peril and unremitting tension force Benson to assess his own depths and shallows and seek his own redemption.

President John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert

Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Dates: Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. - 24
Cost: Ticket prices start at $39
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In honor of the JFK 50th, the Dallas Symphony, Jaap van Zweden and Joshua Bell pay tribute with Sibelius' noble Violin Concerto, and Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 3, the Eroica. Also featured will be a new work by young American composer Conrad Tao commissioned by the DSO for the occassion. Conrad Tao remarks: "As I spent time in Dallas's Sixth Floor Museum, perusing their vast and invaluable library of oral histories, I grew increasingly enamored of the many devastatingly personal stories that use JFK's assassination as a starting point. Those countless stories provide many possible ways of explaining and understanding a seemingly inexplicable act of public violence. The world is very different now. is ultimately about memory. I wanted to explore the way this assassination was an event associated with a myriad of specific and individual memories; it is one of those epoch-making events where everyone remembers "where they were." I wanted to write a piece that explored the reverberations of these many memories and experiences. I was curious to see if those remains could articulate something interesting, and at least a little unfamiliar, about both the assassination and the quote from JFK's inaugural address that gives the work its title."

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