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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Dallas, TX 75202-3301)
Sharron Wilkins Conrad (Project Director: January 2011 to November 2012)

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants
Public Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 7/31/2012

Shared Stories: Development of Oral History Programming about the Kennedy Assassination

Planning of oral history-based theater and digital activities for use at the museum, schools, and community venues about evidentiary characteristics of first-person accounts surrounding the Kennedy assassination and what these can teach us about the nature of historical memory.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza seeks $40,000 ($104,684 total budget) to support Shared Stories, a museum program planning initiative that is part of a long-term shift to transition from an institution designed for "rememberers" of the Kennedy assassination to a place where future generations can examine the historical facts of the Kennedy assassination as well as the role, process and meaning of history. The Museum will enlist the counsel of an impressive humanities project team that will help guide planning, prototyping and evaluation of these interactive programs based on the Museum's one-of-a-kind Oral History Collection. This collection has been used to bring very personal, emotional memories to Museum audiences in the past, but while audiences have been engaged in listening to these accounts, they have not been invited to examine how these stories affect the way we understand the past and how that process might help us approach present challenges.