Re-creating history: Times tweets JFK’s last two days

Through a dedicated Twitter account, @RealTimeJFK, I chronicled President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Texas and final day in real time as events would have occurred 50 years ago on Nov. 21-22, 1963.

Read the Storify here. 

Other links related to this project:

Storify: reactions to @realtimeJFK

Gatehouse Newsroom: Cape Cod Times reporter live-tweets JFK’s trip to Dallas

Poynter: Media organizations taking new look at old news

JFK: An ordinary day, turned tragic

The morning sun first lit Cape Cod shortly after 6 a.m., with full daylight at about half past the hour. Nov. 22, 1963, was a clear, warmer-than-average Friday in November, with temperatures expected in the low 60s. A perfect fall day — a chance to catch up on chores before the Thanksgiving holiday the following week.

As he did every morning, Milton Penn arrived at Puritan Cape Cod on Main Street in Hyannis around 8:45 a.m., preparing for the store’s 9 a.m. opening. Read more.

Island treatment center will cater to teenage boys

From the Penikese Island boat dock to the main building, it’s about a 250-yard walk over sand and dirt paths. Pass between the boat shop and the pole barn, and the main building beckons: a gray, two-story saltbox with wood-burning stoves, kerosene lanterns and composting toilet.

For 38 years, boys headed to the Penikese Island School made this walk after taking the 12-mile, hourlong boat ride from Woods Hole. Soon, the voyage will start again, this time to Penikese, a residential treatment facility for boys ages 14 to 17 with certain mental health disorders coupled with substance abuse problems. Read more.

Children of Woods Hole scientists explore Cape Cod

When Natalie Boelman had the chance to spend a summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory working at the Ecosystems Center, it was a no-brainer. It meant discussing the ecological puzzles of the Alaskan tundra with mentors and collaborators just a few doors away instead of having them spread across the country.

That’s what got her to Woods Hole. What keeps the scientist coming back each year from her home base at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York City is swimming with her children in the ocean, walking them to their summer camp in the morning and back home at night and dining as a family at the picnic table just steps away from their back door. Read more.

MBL chief says new university affiliation will buoy finances, profile

WOODS HOLE — On the walls of Joan Ruderman’s corner office on the Marine Biological Laboratory campus are three reproductions of engravings done by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Originally published near the turn of the 20th century, the panels were used in the days before PowerPoint to illustrate scientific concepts to students.

The vivid images display in intricate detail different parts of nature: hummingbirds in flight, Malaysian pitcher plants and orchids in bloom.

Ruderman had the panels hung after she became MBL’s 14th president and director in November. They harken back to her nearly four decades of work as a biologist. Now her focus has become the administrative side of science as she guides the independent nonprofit research institute through perhaps the most significant year in its history. Read more.