Thursday, May 31, 2012

Researching Book 2: The Sixth Floor Museum

Today was the first day of my Dallas research trip. Initially I feared a false start, because the plane was delayed. Due to rain, of all things.

But we arrived just in time to keep my research appointment at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Reading Room.

The Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the life and death of John F. Kennedy. It's housed in the building once known as the Texas School Book Depository. That was the building where Lee Harvey Oswald was employed; he shot JFK from the 6th floor.

The museum is a great place to visit, whether you're a history buff or tourist. For a researcher, it's a treasure trove. If you ever need to learn more about this particular point in history, contact the museum and make an appointment with the Reading Room.

Thank you to Krishna B. Shenoy, librarian and archivist for the museum, and her fantastic co-workers. Between the time I scheduled the appointment and my arrival, they pulled newspapers, audio interviews, books, magazines, and photographs. I walked in to find a workstation set up with computer files and a stack of targeted, on-point resources. Because of the work put in by Krishna and others, I accomplished more in one day than I imagined possible.

You may wonder what the assassination of JFK has to do with the Undead Bar Association. Readers of the blog will remember the heroine's mention of time she spent in Dallas. Readers of Book 1 (Matriculated Death - coming June 20) will learn more about what happened in D-town. Then in Book 2, the complete story of Dallas will be told. It's a tale of murder, manipulation, and deceit that began in November 1963 and drifted forward, wrapped in shadows, to the present day.

That's all the detail I'll share for now. Over the next few days I'll be sharing photos from other stops on the trip. Stay tuned!

And thanks again to the staff of the 6th Floor Museum.

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