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Celebrating and commemorating JFK at the Newseum

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It almost doesn’t matter if you were alive back in Nov. 22, 1963 when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Those people who were around recall where they were when they heard the news that shocked the world. But the President’s motorcade through downtown Dallas, the shot that felled him and the TV reports of the tragedy will be replayed in film, on TV, in magazines, newspapers and blogs on the assassination's 50th anniversary, this week.

However, if you get to Washington DC this holiday season, go over to the Newseum, an impressive, contemporary-designed building on Pennsylvania Avenue at 6th Street. A news-focused museum, it currently features the Kennedys during their Camelot days and the following nightmare that was all too real.

The Kennedy's life before and during their White House stay are pictured downstairs at the museum's Concourse level. The assassination and follow through are up on the building's sixth floor. Visitors tear-up because 50 years has not dulled, nor healed the tragedy. Down on Level 5 is "A Thousand Days," a Newseum film about the Kennedys' White House.

Details: The exhibits are up through Jan. 5, 2014. Newseum is at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001. For more information visit Newseum or call 888-639-7386.