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Inside Parkland Memorial Hospital

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Doctors perform a surgery in the Parkland Memorial Hospital operating room 
  •  Doctors and nurses look after patients 
  •  A surgeon changes into conductive shoes 
  •  A surgeon steps onto the conductivity scale, while smoking a cigarette 
  •  A worker folds linens, while another employee takes a smoke break 
  •  A man cleans the operating room 
  •  Two staff members inspect the room 
  •  A woman holds a small class 
  •  The class focuses on a Birtcher Co. machine, possibly used for electrosurgery. Though the specific type of machine remains unclear, Birtcher was known for the Hyfrecator, also used in electrosurgery. 
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This 1960s footage documents daily happenings at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Surgeons perform an operation, while nurses administer care to hospital patients. Behind the scenes, maintenance staff launder sheets and clean the facilities. Parkland Memorial Hospital achieved notoriety following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. After being shot, Kennedy was rushed to Parkland’s Trauma Room 1. The president, along with his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald’s assassin, Jack Ruby, all died in the hospital. Today, Parkland honors JFK with a plaque, located where Trauma Room 1 used to be, and a history wall.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum’s film collection captures a variety of activities performed by the Dallas Firefighters.  While a few films focus on fire fighting and training, most feature community events such as the fair, toy repair, pump races, and even a Miss Flame pageant.
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum is housed in one of the city's oldest fire stations; the building served as a working fire station from the time it was built in 1907 until 1975, when the museum took over. The museum aims to preserve the rich history of the Dallas Fire Department through exhibits and educational experiences. The museum’s primary goal is to teach fire safety to children and widen its outreach to the Dallas community. Visit their website at http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com.