“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” ― Virginia Woolf


The oral histories and interview used in this video can be accessed by following the links bellow:

Dr. Raymond

Oral Histories


America remembers nationally riveting events together; these memories are subtly unique, but powerfully collective. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was an event that Americans experienced together through the television screen, and remembered together through various media outlets. The diverse outpouring of grief was very much a part of the experience of the assassination and iconic photographs are still used today to discuss the impact of the event culturally, socially and politically.


Fort Worth Rally

John F. Kennedy has been remembered as an important figure in the history of America, and the impact not only of his death but of his life have continued to influence society. John F. Kennedy represented the American dream, and the way that individuals viewed their lives; Camelot touched the lives of the Americans who lived through his presidency and subsequent death, and has not been forgotten by those that have followed. The concept of Camelot has even expanded in the modern era, “If ‘grief nourishes myth,’ as has been said, then it is also true that death nourishes grief and is the source of myth and legend.”(1)

Information about This Site:

This project stemmed from the physical Linn exhibit that was unveiled on November 19, 2013, and relies on the memories of people who were there, the legacy of the Linn collection, and the historical analysis of American collective memory. The oral histories which are embedded in this sight augment the idea of collective memory; and in the name of true oral history format I have included them in full.  They are divided into two categories: National and Nevada so that through diverse lenses the listener can grasp the impact of Collective Memory on the JFK Assassination.


To access information on the physical exibit: About

To access oral histories: Oral Histories

For Information about the life and Presidency of John F Kennedy: Bibliography and/or The JFK Library Site