Anniversary of JFK assassination marked at Irving ranch

May 18, 2013 by  

The former home of Ruth Paine located at Irving, a Dallas suburb, is to be converted into a museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

According to reports, in November 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald visited his wife who was staying with Ruth Paine at her home. The next day, he reportedly shot the President.

The small home is to be converted into a museum by the City of Irving, to show how a person’s life can be drastically altered by life’s events. The life of Ruth Paine was suddenly at the center of tragic events that day in November 1963. Since that time, a number of people have lived at the ranch, but passers-by still stop to take photographs of the house.

It was the suggestion of a local historian that the house should be recognized and preserved to indicate the connection to the assassination of JFK. The house was bought by the city in 2009 for $175,000 and $30,000 has been spent to restore its appearance of 1963.The new museum will relate the story of Ruth Paine and how she befriended Marina Oswald, along with the events that followed.

The museum is expected to open in the fall of this year, with a shuttle bus provided to transport people from a nearby visitors’ center to the house, which still stands in the middle of a residential area. Local catalog printing services may be required to detail the exhibits and information provided in the new museum.