• ABOUT DHS

    Mission

    The Dallas Historical Society collects preserves and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations.

    Vision

    The Dallas Historical Society endeavors to be the preeminent resource for exploring, preserving and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas.

    The stories of Dallas are shared each day at the Dallas Historical Society (DHS) through the three million items that comprise our archives and artifact collections. Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the preeminent organization of its kind in Dallas, collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations. Housed at the Hall of State in Fair Park since 1938, the Society presents these collections through education programs, exhibitions, tours, access to research materials and workshops.  Each year, the Dallas Historical Society is visited by more than 160,000 people and serves more than 20,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at school locations.

    The Dallas Historical Society is a 501C-3 organization.

     

    Hall of State

    The Hall of  State, designed by Donald Barthelme, and originally known as the State of Texas building, was built in 1936 as the centerpiece of the Texas Centennial Exposition. This building honors heroes from the history of the nation and state of Texas. It is the eastern terminus of the great Esplanade and is renowned for its Art Deco styling and magnificent interior.

    The DHS has called the Hall of State home since 1938.

    At $1.2 million, it was the most expensive structure per square foot ever built in Texas at the time.  The focal point of the building is the magnificent Great Hall (also known as the Hall of Six Flags) with Joseph Renier’s gold medallion, cathedral-like 46-foot sky-lighted ceilings, and mosaic tiles; Eugene Savage’s Byzantine-style murals; and George Davidson’s hand-stenciled ceiling.  Additionally, there are four rooms in the two wings of the building; each with distinctive interiors that are dedicated to the economic, environmental and cultural differences of the geographic regions (North, South, East and West) of Texas. These rooms include magnificent murals, statues and carvings depicting various lives in Texas’ history by renowned artists such as Tom Lea, Olin Travis, Arthur Starr Niendorff, Eugene Savage and James Owen Mahoney, Jr.

    The Hall of State, with its distinctive rooms and Great Hall, is available for special events, weddings, presentations and corporate events. The 394-seat Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall also is also available for presentations and productions.

     

    Educational Programs

    Each year, the Dallas Historical Society (DHS) serves approximately 15,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs. Teachers can choose from a variety of offerings available at either at the Hall of State or in the classroom, which gives students the opportunity to experience Dallas and Texas history though tours, performances, events, exhibitions and Society initiatives through the Access to History program. One popular program features historic characters, dressed in period-appropriate costumes, who recount their live experiences for the students.

    All education programs are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards which prepare students for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.

    Recording oral histories has become an integral part of the Society’s mission to preserve history.  School students from various schools have been partners in this program since its inception in 2009. The Society provides students with the training necessary to collect and record the oral histories.  Begun originally to gather stories of the State Fair and, more specifically, the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, the project has expanded to include a variety of Dallas and Texas topics.  Researchers studying Deep Ellum and the blues, women’s history, civil rights, cemetery restoration and a wide variety of other subjects, now totaling more than 225 recordings, have found these oral histories invaluable.

     

    Public Programs

    DHS draws from its collection, exhibits, and a network of local historians to educate and present a wide variety of public programming. The Brown Bag Lunch Series allows the community free access to a wide range of historic topics such as The History of Fair Park, Texas Eats and Wild Women of the West. Other public programs include book signings, historic city tours, lectures, panel discussions, hands-on activities, classes, performances and workshops.

     

    Exhibits

    The DHS draws on its vast collection of Dallas and Texas historical artifacts to create unique exhibits at the Hall of State in Fair Park. Many items from the Society’s collection are displayed at the Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas.  Companies and institutions in the city can display items from the collection in specially-designed cases as part of the Society’s Texas Treasures program.

     

    Collection and Preservation

    The collection of nearly 3 million items at the DHS spans the history of not only the greater Dallas area but the entire state of Texas. The collection covers extraordinary territory, from tales of immigrants who entered Texas before it became a Republic to the emergence of Dallas as a major commercial and cultural center. By teaching and connecting people to their past, DHS helps make history relevant. Each object in The Society’s collection is emblematic of real people of a definite time and place.

     

    Research

    The collection of the DHS is accessible for research via phone, email requests or in person by appointment. Please email our Research Department at research@dallashistory.org or call 214-421-4500.

     

    Membership and Support

    Membership in the DHS helps support the Society’s education programs, exhibits and collection.

    A membership not only strengths the Society and help it accomplish its goals of preserving history and serving the communities,  but also offers many benefits. Members receive various discounts, invitations to special exhibit previews and “member only”  events, access to publications and much, much more.

     

    Historic City Tours

    Take a ride through history and join the Dallas Historical Society on a Historic City Tour. DHS staff and local historians guide visitors  to learn little known facts and view familiar locations in a different way after enjoying these entertaining and educational tours.  Discovering Dallas’ Historic Neighborhoods, Running with Bonnie and Clyde and Historic Dallas Hotels are just some examples of  the various tours offered as part of this series offered every spring.

  • Facility Rentals

    HALL OF STATE

    Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State is the crown jewel of Fair Park and has hosted events honoring presidents, royalty, heads of state, and other dignitaries for over seventy years. Located just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Hall of State can be rented for private functions ranging from corporate dinners or meetings to weddings or gala social events.

    Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall, dancing under the stars in clear tents set up on the front lawn, a stockholders meeting in the Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall, or a product launch in the Texas Rooms. The possibilities are endless and the event support services offered by our responsive team of experts assure every event to be a fabulous success.

    For more information about renting the Hall of State and to see event photographs please click here or contact Michele Hope at 214-413-3947 or via e mail.

  • Job/Volunteer Opportunities

    Dallas Historical Society- Volunteer Opportunities

     

    Texas wouldn’t be what it is today without volunteers!

     

    So not surprisingly, the Dallas Historical Society welcomes volunteers to assist with our various programs and events. There are a variety of opportunities available.

    State Fair Volunteers: An exciting volunteer opportunity with the Dallas Historical Society is available each year during the State Fair of Texas. Volunteers answer questions regarding the current exhibits, the State Fair and the Hall of State. During the fair volunteers assist visitors with directions and other duties as assigned. A special orientation is held each year during the month of September.

    General tour guide: (weekends and adult groups). Tour guides have a generalized knowledge of the Hall of State.

    Docents: needed to lead school groups and specialized interest groups. Docent training requires ongoing training in order to keep abreast of the ever-changing events and exhibits, as well as Texas Educational requirements

    To volunteer for the Dallas Historical Society please submit the following forms to the address or fax number listed on the form.

    Volunteer Application/VeriFYI Background Verification Release

    Dallas Historical Society Internships

    Collections Interns: The Dallas Historical Society seeks individuals who wish to gain practical experience in a professional archival and museum setting. Projects may include organizing and describing archival materials, assisting with the preservation of collection items, working on a larger collection with a staff member, or assisting with overall collections management and care.

    Education Interns: Intern will assist the Educational Director in various tasks, including giving tours, transcribing oral histories, working with school children and editing educational material to remain up-to-date with current state curriculum requirements.

    Positions available: One. Offered every spring and fall. Dates vary.

    Intern Position Summary: The DHS Internships are 10 weeks in length, 15 hours per week for a total internship experience of 150 hours. Each Spring/Summer/Fall the DHS takes up to 3 interns in the collections/archives department and up to 2 in educational department. Internships are paid depending upon funding.

    General Requirements: Internships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Minimum 2.75 GPA overall, minimum 3.25 in related field (History, Museum Studies, Library Science or other related field); successful completion of at least twelve (12) hours of university course work; major or minor in related field or six (6) hours course work in related subject. For an application contact Samantha Dodd, Hall of State in Fair Park, P.O. Box 150038, Dallas, Texas, 75315-0038; 214-421-4500 ext. 110; samantha@dallashistory.org.

    Internship application: Submit application click here, cover letter, and resume to Samantha Dodd.

     

    Deadlines: Applications for Spring term must be received by December 1. Applications for Summer term must be received by April 1. Applications for Fall term must be received by August 1.

  • Plan Your Visit

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     HALL OF STATE- FAIR PARK

     

    Address: 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

    Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday     10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday                                       1:00 pm.  to 5:00 p.m.

    Parking map, click here

    DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY          MAIN PHONE NUMBER: 214-421-4500

     

    Office hours: Monday thru Friday     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Address: Physical: 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

    Mailing Address: PO Box 150038, Dallas, Texas 75315

     

    Directions

     

    TO FAIR PARK and the HALL of STATE:

    From the North on US 75:
    Take US 75 South, exit I-30 east, take Fair Park Exit 47 (Second Avenue), turn left onto Parry, turn right at Gate 3 (Washington Ave).  After passing Railroad Museum, turn right into large parking lot.

    From the West on I-30:
    Take US 75 South, exit I-30 east, take Fair Park Exit 47 (2nd avenue), turn left onto Parry, turn right at Gate 3 (Washington Ave.)  After passing Railroad Museum, turn right into large parking lot.

    From the East on I-30:
    Take Fair Park exit 47C, (First Avenue), Loop back under the Freeway (Exposition) , turn left onto Parry, turn right at Gate 3 (Washington Ave.)  After passing Railroad Museum, turn right into large parking lot.

    From the South on I-45:
    Take I-45 to I-30 east, take Fair Park Exit 47C (Second Ave.), turn left onto Parry, turn right at Gate 3 (Washington Ave). After passing Railroad Museum, turn right into large parking lot.

    From Downtown Dallas:
    Take Commerce Street, turn left onto Parry, turn right at Gate 3 (Washington Ave). After passing Railroad Museum, turn right into large parking lot.

     

  • Hall of State

    The Hall of State: Our Greatest Asset

    The Hall of State in Dallas’ Fair Park, is the “home” of the Dallas Historical Society.

    Need more information?

     

    About the Hall of State

    Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State has hosted events honoring presidents, royalty, heads of state, and other dignitaries for over sixty years. Located just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Hall of State can be rented for private functions ranging from corporate dinners or meetings to weddings or gala social events.

    Rental fees support the operations of the Dallas Historical Society and represent our single largest revenue stream. Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall, dancing under the stars in clear tents set up on the front lawn, a stockholders meeting in the Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall, or a product launch in the Texas Rooms. The possibilities are endless and the event support services offered by our responsive team of experts assure every event to be a fabulous success.

    For more information or to book the building for your next meeting or special event, email  Michelle or call 214.413.3947.

  • Research

    The G. B. Dealey Library and the DHS Collection holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents and is open to researchers free of charge.

    Due to the overwhelming number of research requests and the limited staff, ON SITE RESEARCH IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. For information about the G.B. Dealey Library, the DHS collections, research inquiries or assistance, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Samantha Dodd or via phone at 214-421-4500, extension 110.

    Collections staff answers questions via telephone, email, and written queries at no cost, up to fifteen minutes. Extensive research work can be undertaken on a fee basis. Persons wishing to use this service should call, email, or write, explaining the exact nature of their research question.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    For DHS Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

     

     

     

     

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  • Membership

    Membership supports History

    The Dallas Historical Society was organized on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens In 1938, the Society assumed the management of the magnificent Hall of State at the request of the City of Dallas. The Hall of State is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of Fair Park. The Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed to preserving the area’s entire history.SAV

    Membership supports the Collections

    The Historical Society preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related three-dimensional objects, including James Fannin’s watch and Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign medal. The research  library holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents, including Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the battle of San Jacinto.

    Membership supports Education

    Each year, the Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs.  Outreach programs give students who are unable to visit the Hall of State the opportunity to experience educational programs on historical topics  in their own classrooms.

    Membership Levels 

    Historian – $50

    • Discounts on DHS Historical City tours Discounted admission to fee-based exhibits
    • A subscription to Legacies, the semi-annual journal of Texas History Invitations to DHS “members only” events
    • Invitation to special “members only” tour of the DHS collection
    • Reciprocal memberships to 250 museums and historical societies across the country, for a complete list of reciprocal entities please visit the Missouri History Museum’s Time Travelers program.
    • Member discount on all DHS store purchases Monthly e-newsletter and calendar

    Biographer – $100

    • All benefits at Historian level, plus
    • State Fair of Texas admission voucher Free Admission to fee-based exhibits
    • Discounts on Public programs
    • A 10 % discount on historic photo reproduction sales

    Collector – $250

    • All benefits of Biographer level, plus
    • Invitation to VIP preview reception of select exhibits VIP
    • Access to exhibits Guest passes for free admission for friends (up to 4) to fee-based exhibits
    • Free Historical City Tour of your choice for 2

    Scholar – $500

    • All benefits of Collector level, plus
    • Private tour of DHS collections
    • One complimentary historic photograph reproduction
    • Two complimentary VIP seats to fee-based DHS lectures

    Fellow – $1,500

    • All benefits of Scholar level, plus
    • Exclusive lunch with the DHS Director of Collections and Executive Director
    • Admission for two to the annual Fellows event held in a specially selected historical or architecturally distinctive setting

    Patron Fellow – $2,500

    • All benefits of Fellow level, plus
    • Private tour of select exhibits State Fair of Texas admission for four and parking pass

    Statesman – $5,000

    • All benefits of Patron Fellow level, plus
    • One table for 10 at the annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service luncheon held each autumn
    • Private tour of all exhibits and Hall of State
    • Discount on Hall of State rentals

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    We hope you will join us in our efforts to preserve and present for others the memories of earlier times by becoming member of the Historical Society.  Your support will ensure that not only the stories of the past, but also the news being made today, will be made available in the future for our children and grandchildren to study and enjoy.

    Most importantly, we would like to have you as a member of the Historical Society, whatever your level of support. Please join us. For more information on becoming a member of the Dallas Historical Society or to pay by credit card please contact Nora Lenhart at (214) 421-4500 ext. 101 or > Join Online Now <

     

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  • FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

    SCHEDULING INFORMATION

     

    To schedule any program, please call or email our Booking Line at 214-421-4500 x 104.

    If your program is scheduled to take place at the Hall of State, please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the program.

    If you have program questions or would like to request more information or historical resources, please contact the Education Department by email or phone, 214-421-4500 ext. 104.

    For pre- and post- activities, free program downloads and TEKS material, click here for the DHS Teacher Resource Page.


    VISITING THE HALL OF STATE IN HISTORIC FAIR PARK

     

    Want to see the building before you visit?  CLICK HERE to take a virtual tour of the Hall of State!

     

    TEXAS HISTORY TOUR

    • One hour
    • Grades 3-12
    • Docent led
    • $5.00 per person

    Students will learn about Texas history while touring the Hall of State, which was built as a part of the 1936 Centennial to honor Texas State History. Guided tour features the murals, statues, architecture, photographs and current museum exhibits that illustrate Texas History. The Texas History Tour is available Tuesday-Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

     

    FREE HALL OF STATE WALKING TOUR

    • Self-guided
    • All Grades
    • Free

    Students will learn about Texas History while touring the Hall of State, which was built as part of the 1936 Centennial to honor Texas State History.  Self-Guided tours feature the murals, statues, architecture, photographs and current museum exhibitions that illustrate the great history of Texas.  Information about the building is available for FREE download at the Teacher Resource page or by emailing Dealey Campbell.


    EXHIBITS

     

    WAYS OF THE WEST HANDS-ON EXHIBIT AND TRAVELING TRUNK

    • Grades 1-4.
    • Available any day of the week until April 25th, 2014.
    • Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long.
    • Flat Rate of $235 which includes TWO 30-minute presentations for 25 students each (50 students total).
    • Additional 30-minute presentations are $50 each.
    • Can be an in-school or field trip program.

    Traveling Hands-On Exhibit facilitates a discussion of Native Americans, cowboys and cattle drives, life on the Texas frontier, the ranching industry, as well as frontier games and toys.


    HISTORIC CHARACTER PERFORMANCES

     

    • All character performances are available in-school as well as at the Hall of State as a field trip
    • Programs not available at the Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas
    • Duration of program is 45 minutes to one hour with an optional Q & A session for the students
    • $250 First Performance; $75 (each) 2nd and 3rd  Performance (same character). Max three in one day.

     

    HISTORIC CHARACTERS FOR GRADES 3-12 

     

    STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES

     

    “Tales from the Trail” (a.k.a. Cowboy Jack)

    • Grades K – 4

    Reminisce with “Ole Big Tex,” a real cowboy, as he remembers his life and adventures on the cattle trail from ranch to market. Stories, songs and hands-on objects bring the Texas cattle trail to life in front of students’ eyes.

    Aunt Rose 

    • Grades Pre-K – 1st

    Aunt Rose tells Fairy Tales Texas style.


    A COWBOY’S CHUCKWAGON 

     

    • May 2nd, 2014
    • Three 1-hour sessions available beginning at 9:45 AM, 11 AM and 12:30 PM
    • Field trip ONLY.  Will take place at the Hall of State in Fair Park.

    “A Cowboy’s Chuck Wagon” brings the old West back to the present.  Students visit a complete chuck wagon and learn about life during the time of the Texas Cattle Drives.  Camp includes four stations where students will interact with a variety of characters that may include: “Cookie” the cook; a Texas cowboy; Lizzie Johnson; the first female rancher in the state; a Texas Ranger, etc.

  • about us

     

    WHO WE ARE- MISSION

    The Dallas Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire present and future generations.

    OUR VISION

    The Dallas Historical Society endeavors to be the preeminent resource for exploring, preserving and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas.

    WHAT WE DO

    Manage the Hall of State – Fair Park
    Present public programs on Dallas and Texas history
    Educate thousands of children every year
    Conduct Historic City Tours of Dallas
    Collect and Preserve Dallas and Texas history
    Presents exhibits on Dallas and Texas history

    2013/2014 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Margaret Keliher, Chair
    Lynn and Allan McBee, Co-Chairs-Elect
    Searcy Ferguson, Secretary
    William Helmbrecht, Treasurer
    Max Wells, Past Chair

    Lindalyn Adams*
    Ruth C. Altshuler*
    Elaine Blaylock
    Laura Jeanne Boren
    Mary Brinegar
    Gerald Britt
    Diane Bumpas
    Ban Bywaters
    Louise Caldwell*
    Mauro Calcano
    Shannon Callewart
    Dr. Clare Buie Chaney
    Karl Chiao
    Rita Clements*
    Andrew Clendenen
    Stephen Coke
    Eleanor Conrad*
    Nathan Crow
    Joe Dealey, Jr.
    David Dunnigan
    David Feld
    Buddy Frazer
    Carol Hall*
    Ben Haskins
    Joseph C. Hodges
    Alison Hunsicker
    Mary Kate Jeffries
    Hon. James W. Kerr, Jr.
    Johnnie King
    Dr. Goran Klintmalm
    Laura Leppert
    Pat Mattingly
    Sonja McGill
    Verna Mitchell
    Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery
    Liz Oliphant
    Fred M. Penn*
    Jack Pew, Jr.*
    Jaime Ramon
    Willing Ryan
    Stephen Smith
    Caro Stalcup*
    Richard Stanford
    Robert H. Thomas*
    Stewart H. Thomas
    Frank Thrower
    Kim Garza Turner
    Carol Vesey

    Kurt Watkins-Cultural Affairs Liaison

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Jack Bunning

    * Honorary Trustee

     

     

     

  • HISTORIC CITY TOURS

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    Historic City Tours

    2014

     

    All tours subject to cancellation.

    For more information, email tours@dallashistory.org.

    For reservations, please call (214) 421-4500 x101 or order online HERE.

     

     

    Historic Neighborhoods

    with Dr. Mike Hazel

    • Date:  March 15th, 2014 (Saturday)
    • Time:  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price:  $25 Members / $35 Non Members

    This tour will take you through many of Dallas’s historic and preservation districts where you will learn about how the neighborhoods came into existence, who planned them and when. Some of the neighborhoods are very well known, while others are lesser known residential jewels that make up the city.

     

    The neighborhoods visited include:

    • Deep Ellum
    • Arts District
    • State-Thomas (“Uptown”)
    • McKinney Avenue
    • Highland Park
    • Turtle Creek/Cedar Springs
    • West Dallas
    • Kessler Park
    • Lake Cliff
    • The Cedars
    • South Blvd/Park Row
    • Hollywood Heights
    • Lakewood
    • Swiss Avenue
    • Munger Place

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    From East and South Dallas to Oak Cliff

    with Rose-Mary Rumbley

    • Date:  March 22nd, 2014 (Saturday afternoon)
    • Time:  1:00PM to 5:00 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price:  $30 Members / $40 Non Members

     

    Oak Cliff looking back at Dallas

     

    “East is east and west is west, but never the twain shall meet.”  But they will meet on this tour.  East Dallas and Oak Cliff were separate and individual cities, until they decided to join their big neighbor, Dallas.   The true history of Dallas begins in the White Rock area.  The beauty of Dallas rests in this part of the city.  However, across the river, there is more history and there are more impressive scenes.  The sites in the far west of the city at Mountain Creek Lake are spectacular.

     

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Downtown Dallas, Then and Now – SOLD OUT

    with Dr. Mike Hazel

    • Date:  March 29th, 2014 (Saturday)
    • Time:  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price:  $25 Members / $35 Non Members

     

    Climb aboard with historian and author Dr. Michael V. Hazel and explore the history of Downtown Dallas. Learn how the area has evolved over time and modern day developments, like the Arts District, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Klyde Warren Park, and the Dealey Plaza restoration project. Go inside the Old Red Courthouse and walk among the graves of some of Dallas’s founders at Pioneer Cemetery.

     

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Grove Hill Cemetery Walking Tour

    with Paul McLin and Frances James (assisting as health allows)

    • Date:  May 3rd, 2014
    • Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Saturday morning)
    • Meeting Place:  Grove Hill Cemetery
    • Price:  $10 Members / $20 Non Members

     

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    Grove Hill Cemetery marked its 100th birthday in 2011, and it is still a very active cemetery.  It contains an impressive array of monuments to 20th century movers and shakers of Dallas, as well as the largest and best collection of mausoleums in the county.  Anyone that has been in the Dallas area for any length of time will feel a special connection to the illustrious people interred at Grove Hill.

     

    The entrance to Grove Hill Cemetery is on Samuell Boulevard, just east of the intersection with Lawnview.  Tour attendees will park in the parking lot just inside the entrance on the right.

     

    This is a walking tour only.  Participants will meet at the designated cemetery for the tour.

     

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Oakland Cemetery Walking Tour

    with Paul McLin and Francis James (assisting as health allows)

    • Date:  May 17th, 2014
    • Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Saturday morning)
    • Meeting Place:  Oakland Cemetery
    • Price:  $10 Members / $20 Non Members

     

     Oakland Cemetery

    Oakland Cemetery dates to 1892.  Its permanent residents include famous mayors, congressmen and other elected officials; educators, doctors and lawyers; business owners and bankers; world-famous clergy; a Civil War general (one of only two in Dallas County); land developers (Highland Park, for example); the first president of the Shakespeare Club (for 52 years!); a renowned millionaire eccentric; and a tragic victim of police brutality, to mention just a few of its 35,000+ graves.  Oakland has some of the finest funeral statuary to be found anywhere.

     

    The entrance to Oakland Cemetery is on the east side of Malcolm X, between MLK and Pine, in the 3900 block.  Tour attendees will park inside the cemetery around the circle that features a very tall obelisk (which is straight ahead after entering the cemetery).

     

    This is a walking tour only.  Participants will meet at the designated cemetery for the tour.

     

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Running with Bonnie and Clyde

    with John Neal Phillips

    • Date:  May 26th, 2014 (Memorial Day Monday)
    • Time:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Lunch:  Olive Garden
    • Price:  $35 Members / $50 Non Members

     

     Bonnie and Clyde

    Uncover the lives of the famous outlaw lovers from Dallas, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, with author John Neal Phillips.  Tour will include lunch.

     

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

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    For information on visiting the Dallas Historical Society or the Hall of State, click here

     

     

  • BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

    Brown Bags

    2014

     

    Join us at 12 PM (noon) on the second TUESDAY of the month, March-September, at the HALL OF STATE (3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210) as the DHS explores a variety of different topics about local and state history.

    • All lectures are FREE and open to the public.
    • Individual reservations are not necessary but are appreciated for large groups planning to attend.
    • Attendees are welcome to bring their own “brown bag” lunch to enjoy during the presentation.
    • Tables will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Each lecture will last approximately one hour.

     

    March 11th, 2014

    White Rock Lake: Fun on the Water

    Presented by Sally Rodriguez

    Author and Coordinator for Dallas Parks and Recreation

     Sally Rodriguez

    For more than 100 years White Rock Lake has been Dallas’ “Peoples Playground”.   Come see the variety of ways through the decades the people have had fun on the water.

     

     

    April 8th, 2014

    Historic Sacred Places of Dallas

    Presented by A. Robert Jaeger

    President of Partners for Sacred Places

     Graham Studios Inc.

    Historic sacred places are often the most beloved and architecturally significant buildings in any city. Their towers, porticos and stained glass windows provide identifying elements in the local skyline, and they attest to the diverse traditions and evolution the region’s populations. Dallas is home to many dozens of historically significant houses of worship.

     

    Bob Jaeger, President and Co-Founder of Partners for Sacred Places, the only national, nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties, will explore the rich history and significant community impact of Dallas’ sacred places.

     

     

    May 13th, 2014

    A. H. Belo Corporation:

    The History of Texas’ Oldest Business Institution

    Presented by Judith Segura

    Author and former President and Trustee of the Belo Foundation

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    Today’s A. H. Belo Corporation, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Riverside (CA)Press-Enterprise, and The Denton Record-Chronicle has weathered storms both natural and electronic as it evolved from the 1842 publication of The Daily News in Galveston on a hand-operated press to today’s dallasnews.com and its other Web sites.  Hear all about it! The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How.

     

     

    June 10th, 2014

    Nurse May Smith & the Origins of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

    Presented by Mary Hayes, CA. 

    Archivist for Children’s Medical Center, Dallas.

     Blog(D130618R): Mary Hayes (Archivist) in the Tower D Lobby.

    In April of 1913, Children’s Medical Center began in 3 canvas tents under a canopy of oak trees on the campus of Old Parkland at the corner of Maple and Oak Lawn Aves. Come hear the story of how Nurse May Smith’s vision of a hospital dedicated to the care of babies has grown into the 5th largest pediatric healthcare provider in the county.

     

     

    July 8th, 2014

    Looking for the Garden of Eden in Texas–UTOPIA! 

    Presented by Rose-Mary Rumbley

    Author and Historian

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    Of course, we all know that character traits are innate.  A person is born the way he is.  However, in  the early 1800s a new belief prevailed–improved environment could adjust behavior in a person for the better.   One had only to go to a better place–a Utopia,  and that one would become a better person!  Where was this perfect  place?  TEXAS!

     

     

    August 12th, 2014

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO EASTHAM

    Presented by John Neal Phillips

    Author and Historian

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    When speaking of the crime spree of Bonnie & Clyde we are really referring only to Clyde Barrow and a select few male associates.  Although forever linked to Clyde Barrow, and certainly criminally complicit, Bonnie Parker was rarely an active participant in Barrow’s crimes.  So, to really understand the world of Bonnie & Clyde, we must carefully consider the world of Clyde Barrow.  And once that is accomplished we find that all roads lead to Eastham, the Texas prison farm where Barrow was once incarcerated.  His experience at Eastham, a place he called “that hell-hole”, shaped the man at the heart of the later crime spree that, among other things, left fourteen people dead.  An accomplice once said Eastham changed Barrow from a schoolboy to a rattlesnake in less than two years.  Barrow’s post-prison crimes were driven not by desire for money, but for revenge.  His life, his sole purpose was to raid Eastham, “that hell-hole”, which he did on January 16, 1934.  Ironically, the raid would ultimately lead to the ambush deaths of both Bonnie and Clyde five months later.  All roads lead to Eastham.

     

     

    September 9th, 2014

    LOS BARRIOS: 

    History of Mexican American Settlement in Dallas Beginning in the 1900s

    Presented by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL)

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    The city of Dallas has been transformed, in great part, by the civic and economic contributions of Mexican Americans and the barrios that dot its landscape. The historical development of several barrios, or Mexican American neighborhoods in Dallas dates to the early 1900s.  Some have disappeared altogether; others are still vibrant communities of families, friends, churches, schools, and small businesses. Pike Park, in the heart of Little Mexico and the center of cultural and social life for Mexican Americans in early Dallas, regularly brought together all barrio communities throughout Dallas to celebrate their cultural heritage, traditions, and values.

  • SPECIAL EVENTS, BOOK SIGNINGS AND LECTURES

     The Dallas Historical Society is proud to present this very special program

    in partnership with The Dallas Chapter of the Civil War Round Table:

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    THE SMOKE AT DAWN

    with New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Shaara

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7 PM

     

    Schedule of events:

     

    6:00 p.m. Private Reception with the Jeff Shaara

    7 p.m. Public Program and Q&A

    8 p.m. Book Signing

     

    Click HERE to register

     

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    Jeff Shaara is continuing the work of his Pulitzer Prize winning father, Michael Shaara. The Smoke at Dawn is the third of a trilogy about the last great push of the Army of the Cumberland which sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that will determine the outcome of the Civil War.

    The program at 7 PM is FREE and open to the public. It will be held in the Hall of State at Fair Park – 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210. You can register by clicking HERE, calling 214-421-4500 ext 101 or emailing nora@dallashistory.org.  Books will be available for purchase at the event thanks to Barnes and Noble.

    There will also be a private reception with Jeff Shaara at 6 PM.  Tickets are $25 for members of the Dallas Historical Society and The Dallas Chapter of the Civil War Round Table, and $30 for non members.  Ticket fee includes a copy of The Smoke At Dawn.  You can register for the private reception by clicking HERE, calling 214-421-4500 ext 101 or emailing nora@dallashistory.org.

    DHS programs sponsored in part by: City of Dallas-Office of Cultural Affairs

    To become a DHS member, click here

  • EDUCATION

    STUDENT PROGRAMMING:

    Teachers please CLICK HERE for available field trip and on-campus program opportunities.

     

    PUBIC PROGRAMMING:

     

  • Collections/Exhibits

    The collection of the Dallas Historical Society spans the history of not only the Greater Dallas area but the entire state of Texas. The Collection covers extraordinary territory, from tales of immigrants who entered Texas before it was Republic to chronicling the emergence of Dallas as a major commercial and cultural center. By teaching and connecting people to their past, we make history relevant. Each object in the Society’s collection is emblematic of real people, of a definite time and place.

     

    Some notable collections include the papers of John C. McCoy, Sarah Horton Cockrell, Congressman Hatton W. Sumners, Democratic party leader Thomas B. Love, George W. Briggs, Sam Acheson, Joseph W. Bailey,  Dallas Morning News publisher George B. Dealey, Elmer Scott, Margaret Scruggs Caruth, John M. Moore, Dallas ISD principal John Leslie Patton, DISD former superintendent Dr. W.T. White and the 1936 Texas Centennial Commission.

  • Teacher Resource Page

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    Please email booking@dallashistory.org to have teaching materials, activities and answer keys, for programs not currently available for download below, sent directly to you.

     

    Visiting the Hall of State:

    Answer keys available upon request

     

    MISC. Activities:

     

     

     

  • Awards for Excellence

    Great Hall Seal

    2014 Awards for Excellence in Community Service

    The Awards for Excellence in Community Service are presented on behalf of the Dallas Historical Society to the designated recipients who are deserving of recognition for their generosity of spirit, civic leadership and ability to encourage community-wide participation in a particular phase of the growth of the city.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014          11:00 a.m.

    Fairmont Dallas

    Nominations for the 2014 Awards for Excellence

    are now being accepted.

    The Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society are pleased to announce the leadership and opening of nominations for the 33rd annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service.  Among the most prestigious honors awarded for distinguished community service in Dallas, the 2014 Awards for Excellence will be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, November 20 at the Fairmont Dallas.

    This year we are fortunate to have Event Co-Chairs Margaret and former DHS Trustee Glenn Solomon guiding our commitment to recognize and honor today’s history makers in Dallas.  Previous Award for Excellence recipients Lee Cullum and Laura Wilson have graciously accepted our invitation to serve as 2014 Honorary Co-Chairs.

    Please participate in the nomination process by submitting the name of an individual or organization that you think is deserving of an Award for Excellence.  Awards are presented in the following categories – Arts Leadership, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Health/Sciences, Humanities/History, Philanthropy and Volunteer Community Leadership. In addition, an individual, group or organization whose achievements extend to more than one of the award categories may be nominated for the Jubilee History Maker Award.

    This is your opportunity to nominate an individual or organization whom you think is deserving of an Award for Excellence. Enclosed are lists of award descriptions and prior winners as well as a nomination form. Please note that each nominee may have up to three letters of nomination and three additional pages of biographical or other information may be attached.  The enclosed form and nomination letters must be received by the Dallas Historical Society no later than Friday, March 21, 2014. Nominations remain open in the Society’s files for three years and may be considered during that time period.

    If you need additional forms or have any questions, please contact Nora Lenhart at 214-421-4500, ext. 101 or by email at nora@dallashistory.org.

    We appreciate your participation in submitting a nomination and thank you for your continued support of the Dallas Historical Society. We look forward to seeing you at the 33rd annual award luncheon on Thursday, November 20, 2014 as we honor a new class of outstanding Dallas citizens for their accomplishments and service to the community.

    Nomination form: click AFE 2014 NomForm

     

    To purchase a table, tickets or to make a donation, please click here.

    AFE 2014 Table Host and Individual Tickets

     

    Tables

    Platinum History Maker- $ 10,000

    VIP table for eight
    Invitation to Patron Party and VIP Reception
    Sponsor logo on event video presentation
    Recognition on DHS website and printed material
    Four Fellows memberships

    Gold History Maker- $ 5,000

    Priority table for eight
    Invitation to Patron Party and VIP Reception
    Sponsor logo on event slide presentation
    Recognition on DHS website and printed material
    Two Fellows memberships

    Silver History Maker- $ 2,500

    Preferred table for eight
    Invitation for two to Patron Party and VIP Reception
    Sponsor logo on event slide presentation
    Recognition on DHS website and printed material

    Bronze History Maker- $ 1,000

    Table for eight Sponsor logo on event slide presentation
    Recognition in printed materials

    Individual Tickets

    Gold Historian Donor- $500

    Priority No-Host seating
    Recognition in printed materials
    Invitation to Patron Party and VIP Reception

    Silver Historian Donor- $ 250

    Priority No-Host seating
    Recognition in program Invitation to VIP Reception

    Bronze Historian Donor- $125

    Individual ticket

     

  • Calendar

  • Support

    DONATE/JOIN NOW!

    Support History

    The Dallas Historical Society was organized on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens In 1938, the Society assumed the management of the magnificent Hall of State at the request of the City of Dallas. The Hall of State is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of Fair Park. The Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed to preserving the area’s entire history.

    Support  Collections/Preservation of Dallas History

    The Historical Society preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related three-dimensional objects, including James Fannin’s watch and Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign medal. The research  library holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents, including Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the battle of San Jacinto.

    Support History Education

    Each year, the Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs.  Outreach programs give students who are unable to visit the Hall of State the opportunity to experience educational programs on historical topics  in their own classrooms.

  • E-News/Message Board

     

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    The DHS Newsletter is the best way to get notices of special programs and events as well as keep up with all the activities of the DHS.

    To subscribe to the DHS E-newsletter, click here.

     

    To access the DHS History Message Board and share Dallas and Texas history with others, click here.

  • Contact us

     

     

    Dallas Historical Society       

    Mailing Address:

    P.O.Box 150038
    Dallas, Tx 75315-0038

    Street Address:
    Hall of State at Fair Park
    3939 Grand Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75210

    Telephone  214.421.4500

    Fax             214.421.7500

    Staff Contact:

    Jack Bunning        Executive Director -ext. 102

    Nora Lenhart        Administrative Coordinator – ext. 101

    Alan Olson            Collections and Exhibits Director – ext. 109

    Samantha Dodd   Archivist/Researcher – ext. 110

    Research Assistance or inquiries about the DHS archives, library or volunteering

    Dealey Campbell  Education and Program Director – ext. 104

    Pam Lane              Finance Manager – ext. 105

    For Hall of State event rental information, see www.hallofstate.com.

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    2014 Awards for Excellence in Community Service

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Mark your calendars!

    Nominations are now open,
    click here for more information and nominations form

  • 2014 Historic Tours/Lectures← back

    Take a ride through history and join the Dallas Historical Society
    one of its Historic City Tours or Free Brown Bag Lectures.

     

    For 2014, DHS is offering its popular neighborhood tours as well as fascinating tours of two of Dallas’ most interesting cemeteries!
    For a complete schedule or to order tickets, click here or call 214-421-4500 ext. 101.

    The 2014 Brown Bag lecture Series welcomes back favorite Rose Mary Rumbley and Sally Rodriguez along with new programs on the history of Children’s Medical Center, A.H. Belo and Sacred Spaces throughout Dallas. The Brown Bag lectures are free to the public. For complete information on the Brown Bag Lectures, click here.

    For information on all DHS programs, click here.

     

     

  • Membership← back

    Join the DHS Now!

    Membership supports History

    The Dallas Historical Society was organized on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens In 1938, the Society assumed the management of the magnificent Hall of State at the request of the City of Dallas. The Hall of State is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of Fair Park. The Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed to preserving the area’s entire history.

    Membership supports the Collections

    The Historical Society preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related three-dimensional objects, including James Fannin’s watch and Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign medal. The research  library holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents, including Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the battle of San Jacinto.

    Membership supports Education

    Each year, the Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs.  Outreach programs give students who are unable to visit the Hall of State the opportunity to experience educational programs on historical topics  in their own classrooms.

  • Teachers← back

     

    For Teacher information about Educational Programs offered by the DHS, click here.

  • Facility Rental← back

    HALL OF STATE

    Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State is the crown jewel of Fair Park and has hosted events honoring presidents, royalty, heads of state, and other dignitaries for over seventy years. Located just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Hall of State can be rented for private functions ranging from corporate dinners or meetings to weddings or gala social events.

    Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall, dancing under the stars in clear tents set up on the front lawn, a stockholders meeting in the Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall, or a product launch in the Texas Rooms. The possibilities are endless and the event support services offered by our responsive team of experts assure every event to be a fabulous success.

    For more information about renting the Hall of State and to see event photographs please click here or contact Michele Hope at 214-413-3947 or via e mail.

     

     

  • Collections Highlights← back

    Come back soon for highlights from the DHS collection!

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