Memories of a Tragedy:  The Assassination of John F. Kennedy was inspired by the collection of Sheila and Travis Linn which was donated by Sheila to the Shared History Program in the History Department.   Students and professors in the Shared History Program (SHP) conceptualized and created a physical exhibit which resided in Mac Social Science Building from November 19, 2013 until April 20, 2014 which revolved around this special collection.  The 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK was the inspiration behind this physical exhibit, and the importance of collective memory has prompted its move to a virtual exhibit.

Student Anne-Elizabeth Northan connected the History Department and Linn Collection which resulted in the creation of the exhibit and the involvement of teachers and students.  Mark Cooley, a graduate student in history and Anne-Elizabeth worked closely with the project, and with the expertise of the Shared History Coordinator, Anita Watson, the JFK anniversary exhibit was created and presented to the community.


 Dr. Linda Curcio, Department Chair and Anne-Elizabeth Northan presenting the Exhibit to the public

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 Creation of the exhibit: Students Mark Cooley and Anne-Elizabeth Northan

Media coverage of the physical exhibit and Assassination 50th Anniversary Event can be accessed here:

Northern Nevadans remember Kennedy’s assassination

Joe Crowley, former University of Nevada, Reno president, was a teacher’s assistant when he heard a radio report that President John F. Kennedy was shot.

UNR exhibit preserves collective memory of tragic day

Mitchell, along with dozens of university faculty and guests, attended a reception Tuesday unveiling the “Linn Exhibit,” established by the University of Nevada, Reno history department’s newly created Shared History Program.

Shared History Exhibit (video)

Station: KRXI (FOX); Time: 11/20/2013 11:06:24 PM; Local Viewership: 2,165; Show: Fox 11 News 11 at 11

John F. Kennedy Exhibit Unveiled At University of Nevada

The 50th anniversary is coming up this Friday, and the University of Nevada is highlighting that in a new exhibit that was unveiled Tuesday. It has a number of items, including works from the late Travis Linn, who was a radio reporter for WFAA in Dallas. He covered the arrival of President Kennedy before the assassination.

Travis Linn Shared History Exhibit opening

Station: KTVN (CBS); Time: 11/19/2013 11:03:18 PM; Local Viewership: 12,746; Show: Channel 2 News 11PM


It is in this spirit of collaboration that we present Memories of a Tragedy:  The Assassination of John F. Kennedy which explores collective memory through the legacy of the Linn collection and the memories of individuals who experienced the impact of a presidential assassination.