The 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination occurs this Friday. In remembrance of his life and the impact of his death, the Tyler library has planned two days of events.

The schedule will include oral histories, films and displays, and visitors will be encouraged to share their memories as well.

“Many of us have first-hand memories of hearing the news of the assassination. Our consciousness will be forever marked by that event,” said City Librarian Mary Vernau. “It is time for a look back to a different period of history when the course of the United States changed forever.”

Admission is free.

Thursday, Nov. 21

10 a.m. Film, “Funeral Services for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy” (streaming video courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

11 a.m. Oral History, “John Joe Hewett”

12:15 p.m. Film, “The Last Two Days” (streaming video courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

1 p.m. Film, “The Kennedys” (public domain DVD from Tyler Public Library)

4 p.m. Oral History, “Ernest Brandt”

Friday, Nov. 22

10 a.m. Oral History, “Beverly Oliver”

Noon Guest Speaker, David Henderson, “The Kennedy Administration: a critique from a
Democratic view”

1 p.m. Film, “The Lost JFK Tapes: the Assassination” (DVD from Tyler Public Library with permission granted courtesy of National Geographic)

3 p.m. Oral History, Mary Sue Bennett

For information on these and other events, please go to or call (903) 593-7323. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S.College Ave. in downtown Tyler.