Known primarily by its affiliation to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Ruth Paine House Museum offers the very human account of the events related to the assassination that occurred in this home. Paine, however, was more than just someone who befriended the wife of alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Paine was very involved in the civic and social movements of the time. Paine was an educator with a heart for social justice; she was instrumental in starting and teaching at a small integrated Montessori School in Irving’s Bear Creek community. As part of the West Irving Improvement Association civil rights group, Paine helped Bear Creek — North Texas’ oldest African-American community — get annexed to Irving so residents could have access to municipal services.

Now open to the public, tours of the Paine House Museum begin at the Paine House Visitors’ Center housed in the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. From there, visitors are transported to the historic home. Admission is $12 for visitors age 12 and older; and free for children age 11 and younger. Visit and select “Museums” to learn more, or call (972) 721-4750.

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