Judge Jack Tunheim will be the featured speaker at the Washington County Historical Society annual meeting at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater on Thursday, Sept. 19.
From 1994 to 1998, Tunheim served as chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency that reviewed all assassination documents concerning President John F. Kennedy.
After concluding that federal agencies “needlessly and wastefully” kept documents about President Kennedy’s assassination secret for decades, the Board made over 4 million pages of material open to public review at the National Archives.
Tunheim will discuss the many legal, procedural and practical obstacles faced by the Board and its staff in its efforts to pry documents from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies. He will also focus on the task of collecting and releasing records previously held by state and local governments and records remaining in private hands.
The event, which includes dinner, is open to the public at a cost of $20 for WCHS members and $25 for nonmembers. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour. The dinner starts at 6:30, followed by a short business meeting at 7:30 and Judge Tunheim’s program at 8.