JFK: 50th Anniversary

Although by no means comprehensive, we offer a mashup of interesting readings, video and images marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Photographs

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library offers a selection of photographs from November 22-25, 1963, including images from President and Mrs. Kennedy’s trip to Dallas, Texas, and from events relating to the funeral services of President John F. Kennedy.

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Video

John F. Kennedy’s friend and FCC chair Newt Minow remembers his time with President Kennedy

Stephen Hess on where he was when JFK was assassinated.

Readings

Corinne Porter, curator at the National Archives Building, offers a look at some of the moving condolence mail received by the White House in the wake of JFK’s assassination.

The Telegraph charts the events of that day, and touches upon some of the conspiracy theories surrounding some of these key events.

In Dallas, historian David McCullough will read excerpts from some of Kennedy’s speeches, while the Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform.

Both Esquire and the Washingtonian offer captivating, although differing, accounts about the chaotic moments on Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination.

The Washingtonian also provides a glimpse at the challenges and opportunities the assassination posed to the information age.

Social Media

Today in 1963 (@todayin1963) will be tweeting the day’s events as they unfolded.

The Presidential Libraries OurPresidents tumblr delves into the National Archives and Presidential Libraries collections to offer a behind the scenes history of that day.

Last, but certainly not least, the New York Public Library wants to hear from you. Where were you when you learned of the assassination? What are your family’s memories of the president’s death? Go to their Facebook page and fill out a short form and share your experience.

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