JFK up close

New views from an old film

Created date

June 22nd, 2010

On any other Friday, 15-year-old Ward Warren would have been sitting in a classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Tex., but November 22, 1963, was different. President John F. Kennedy was set to visit the city late that morning, and Warren was at Love Field to film his arrival with the family s Kodak 8mm camera. [caption id="attachment_12736" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The 35th president of the United States John F. Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum)"]The Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza located in the old Texas School Book Depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots. Around the most recent anniversary of the shooting, I got to thinking about this film in my garage and what might happen to it after I m gone, Warren recalls. I envisioned someone throwing it away without a second thought. I ve known about The Sixth Floor Museum for a while now, and it seemed only natural to donate it to them so they could preserve it for future generations. [caption id="attachment_12737" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Up close and personal: the presidential party arrives in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. (Ward Warren Film ' 2010 The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)"]click here.