Today, six other SHSU students and I left Huntsville for a weekend in Dallas. Our first stop upon arriving was the JFK Sixth Floor Museum. Fifty years ago history was changed from this very building that has been preserved to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum features insightful films and photographs that explore the legacy of Kennedy’s life, from his marriage to Jackie O to the many conspiracies surrounding his death.
As part of the tour, we made our way to the seventh floor of the Museum to see featured photographs of presidents throughout the last 100 years. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” holds true for this exhibit as the photographs range from the iconic black and white head shot of Abraham Lincoln to silly photographs of “Socks at the Podium” in which President Clinton’s family pet stands on the Press Podium of the White House.
Before leaving the Sixth Floor Museum we walked along Elm Street — the same street down which JFK was driven, waving to supporters, as he was killed. Our trip to the Sixth Floor Museum was a success, as we all enjoyed the exhibits while learning about history.
A few blocks away we enjoyed dinner at The Spaghetti Warehouse, where most enjoyed traditional Italian cuisine while a couple of more spontaneous travelers went for the Kung Pao Chicken Pasta and calamari. No matter the dish, it was a great dinner with great company.
To top off the night we ventured a few more blocks to the Dallas Museum of Art, which is home to amazing pieces of art reflecting many cultures and time periods of human existence. Our group was able to snap a shot next to Pablo Picasso’s “The Guitarist” painted in 1965.
Perhaps a more deep-rooted and archaic painting, one of my favorite’s was Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of George Washington (dated 1824).
In sum, I had a great time getting to know the members of my group and experiencing this day with them.