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The Sixth Floor Museum's Oral History Project

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Published on Feb 14, 2014

This video highlights the ongoing Oral History Project at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Among the storytellers featured are journalists Jim Ewell and Chris Matthews, historian Robert Dallek, Parkland Memorial Hospital physician Ronald C. Jones, assassination eyewitnesses Marvin Faye and Rickey Chism, Dallas police officer Gene Barnett, motorcade spectators Jenyce Gush and Lisa Hembry, Dallas resident Albert Gonzalez, and business leader Margaret Jordon. These individuals, like others who have participated in this archival project, share memories of the life, death, and legacy of President Kennedy and the history and culture of the 1960s.

More than 1,200 oral histories have been recorded to date, with 100 new interviews added to the collection each year. In an effort to preserve Dallas and U.S. history and culture—and provide context for the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath—the collection spans the years 1955 to 1975, with a particular emphasis on the early 1960s. In addition, the reflections of younger Americans, those born long after 1963, provide unique insights for this collection and help keep President Kennedy's legacy relevant to current and future generations. Museum lectures, panel discussions, and public/educational programming are also included in the Oral History Collection.

If you would like to add your voice to this tapestry of living history, please contact the Museum at oralhistory@jfk.org.

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