This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of a truly tragic event in American history – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. To commemorate this anniversary, the Briscoe Center is publishing Julian Read’s memoir, JFK’s Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath.
Also, in late October the center co-hosted with the LBJ Library, "Personal Perspectives of November 22, 1963" – a panel discussion on which Julian Read participated along with Ben Barnes, Sid Davis, and Larry Temple. Panelists shared their memories and experiences of that day while Neal Spelce, a member of our advisory council, moderated the conversation.
The Briscoe Center has acquired the papers of print journalist Seth Kantor, who was deeply involved in coverage of the Kennedy assassination. Kantor was traveling in the White House press bus behind the presidential limousine as the motorcade made its way through downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963. He authored the book, Who Was Jack Ruby? (1978), which questioned official accounts of the assassination and remains a valued piece of investigative journalism.
The Briscoe Center's holdings related to the Kennedy assassination enrich our academic understanding and public remembrance of that fateful day. Collections include the Walter Cronkite papers, the Flip Schulke Photographic Archive and The Dallas Morning News Kennedy Administration Editorial Records. View documents, images, audio, and video in our JFK Resource Guide.
The Briscoe Center and Friends of the Briscoe-Garner Museum invite you for a special open house to celebrate the reopening of the Briscoe-Garner Museum. On Tuesday, December 10 from noon to 4 p.m., visitors will enjoy light refreshments and a short program as they tour the newly renovated museum in Uvalde.
The Winedale Folk Life Christmas event is Saturday, December 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Take a ride on the Old West stagecoach as you view the way the countryside might have looked in the mid-1800s with historic homes, a one-room schoolhouse and folk life demonstrations. Admission is free and open to the public.