Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the city of Irving, Texas, is restoring the home Lee Harvey Oswald slept in the night before the assassination and turning it into a museum.
In November 1963, Oswald and his wife Marina were separated. While he usually stayed in a rented room at a house on Beckley Avenue in Dallas during the week, Marina and their children stayed in a rented room in the Irving house owned by Ruth Paine. Oswald typically visited his family on the weekend, but on the night before the assassination he spent the night with his family at the Paine house.
City of Irving archivist Kevin Kendro said police believed the gun used in the assassination was stored inside the garage of the Paine home and that Oswald left his wedding ring and some money in Marina's room prior to leaving that Friday morning.
The city purchased the old Paine house and is in the process of restoring it to its 1963 look while simultaneously planning to transform the building into a museum ahead of the 50th anniversary.
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