EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2013

Historian to talk about JFK's assassination

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Those who are over the age of 60 probably remember where they were, what they were doing and what they were thinking Nov. 22, 1963.

A half century later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy still saddens, angers, haunts – and fascinates – Americans.

Historian Christopher Daley will present “The Kennedy Assassination: 50 Years Later” at the Stevens Memorial Library on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Daley will offer a 90-minute multimedia slide presentation that recreates that long-ago Friday in vivid detail through the use of witnesses’ statements, photographs, diagrams, Daley’s own pictures and videos of sites in Dallas and the famous Zapruder film.

Since the publication of the 1964 Warren Report, the debate has raged over whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was merely the gunman for a conspiracy. Daley’s presentation will include an examination of the various theories.

He will review Oswald’s life, witnesses’ testimony, ballistics evidence and autopsy reports.

Daley will also review Mark Lane’s 1966 “Rush to Judgment,” which criticized the Warren Commission’s finding that Oswald acted alone, and the numerous other books that offer differing conspiracy theories.

He will offer reasons for and against each of the theories.

Sundays at the Stevens is a series of Sunday afternoon activities offered from September through May. Each week, the library offers a movie or a special visitor.

Upcoming visitors include Betsy Williams, “Mrs. Thrift Talks About Herbs” on Dec. 8; Deborah Kops, author of “The Great Molasses Flood, Boston 1919,“ on Jan. 12; and Stephen Puleo, who wrote “The Dark Tide,” which is also about the Boston molasses flood, on Feb. 9.

Sundays at the Stevens events start at 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about the library or Sundays at the Stevens, visit the library, log on its website, www.StevensMemLib.org, or call 978-688-9505, ext. 42016.

All Sundays at the Stevens events are free thanks to the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library.

The Stevens Memorial Library is at 345 Main St.

The library’s regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.