On Nov. 22, 1963, the nation mourned as the life of one of its most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy, was cut short. Fifty years later, that day remains a turning point in American history.
As the home of the limousine President Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated, The Henry Ford will be marking this significant date with special programming, including lectures from former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, Nov. 18-22, inside the Henry Ford Museum.
On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Rather will be joined by author James Swanson and author and historian Douglas Brinkley to offer perspective on how the assassination changed the nation’s history.
On Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., Clint Hill, former Secret Service agent assigned to Jackie Kennedy during President Kennedy's time in office, will share his firsthand account of the assassination as he rode next to the president's limousine with his co-author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Lisa McCubbin.
Hill is the agent seen in the Abraham Zapruder film frantically climbing onto the back of the president’s limousine as he tried to protect the Kennedys in Dallas, Texas.
Tickets for the Nov. 19 lecture with Hill and McCubbin are sold out. A limited number of general admission tickets remain for the Nov. 18 lecture with Rather, Brinkley and Swanson.
General admission is $50 per person for each night and includes one drink ticket. Members interested in attending will receive a discounted price.
Guests at the museum looking to pay tribute throughout the week will receive a special program highlighting the Kennedy limousine – its restoration, conservation and importance in The Henry Ford’s collection, along with feature stories and reflections from historians, curators and authors.
In honor of the anniversary, the limousine will be moved to the first row spot of the presidential vehicles inside the museum.
In addition to the evening lectures, Henry Ford Museum will waive guest admission on Friday, Nov. 22, courtesy of Target.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the special "JFK Remembered" program, visit www.thehenryford.org/jfkremembered or call 313-982-6001.