• 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.

  • Hall of State Rentals

     HALL OF STATE

     

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    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 contact the DHS  at 214-421-4500 or via e mail.

     

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  • Internship Opportunities

    Dallas Historical Society Internships

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

    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.

    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 in a major or minor in related field

    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.

    To Apply: Download Application

    Please submit an application, cover letter, and a resume to:
    Samantha Dodd Hall of State in Fair Park
    P.O. Box 150038, Dallas, Texas, 75315-0038
    214-421-4500 ext. 110
    samantha@dallashistory.org

  • 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.

    For maps and directions to the Hall of State and Fair Park, click here.   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

    Researching the Collection

    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.
    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
    Archivist -Dallas Historical Society
    P.O. Box 150038
    Dallas, TX 75315-0038
    phone: 214-421-4500 ext. 110
    email: samantha@dallashistory.org

     

    Hours of Operation

    The G.B. Dealey Library is open to the public BY APPPOINTMENT ONLY Tuesday-Friday. The library and archives is closed to researchers during the State Fair of Texas.

     

    View the Collection Online

    Currently efforts are being made to put more of the DHS’ holdings online. Please visit the following links to view some items from our photographic collection. Check back often for further updates.

    Online Photographic Catalog
    Portal to Texas History Online
    Bridgeman Images

     

    Fee Schedule and Usage Policy

    This policy applies to reproducing manuscript, print, graphic, and photographic materials. All reproductions are performed by DHS staff. The DHS does not permit researchers to use their own equipment to photocopy, photograph, or scan materials held in Library or Archives. All requests for scanning or photocopying must be approved by a staff member. Requests may be denied if the item is too fragile or too large to be scanned or photocopied with available equipment, or if the size of the request will place an unreasonable strain on available staff resources. All digital reproductions, photographic reproductions, and large reproduction orders must be paid for in advance.

    Download a copy of the current fee schedule here.
    Fee Schedule for the GB Dealey Library

     

    Reproduction Policy

    Guidelines and Restrictions for Reproductions All reproductions are handled by DHS staff and are dependent on the physical condition of the item. Special requests (such as oversized, color copies, or scans) require additional time and fees. Rush orders will result in an additional 50% charge. ORDERS MUST BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE.

    Copyright Notice: The individual requesting reproductions expressly assumes the responsibility for compliance with all pertinent provisions of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. ss101 et seq. The patron further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Dallas Historical Society and its staff in connection with any disputes arising from the Copyright Act, over the reproduction of material at the request of the patron

     

  • Volunteer

    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.

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    Download State Fair Volunteer Application Here!

    Orientation for State Fair Volunteers is Saturday September 13th from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at the Hall of State

     

    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.

    Click Here for Volunteer Application

     

  • Membership

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  • Membership

    Membership supports History– JOIN NOW

    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–JOIN  NOW

    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–JOIN  NOW

    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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  • Books

  • Texas Sports Legends

    TEXAS SPORTS LEGENDS

    Dates: September 26th, 2014-October 19th, 2014

     

    The State Fair of Texas and the Dallas Historical Society, in cooperation with the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, present a new exhibit honoring a selection of individuals who have contributed to athletic history in Texas, titled “Texas Sports Legends.” The exhibit will be open daily during this year’s State Fair of Texas, September 26 through October 19.

    “Whether they grew up here or became a member of a Texas-based team later in life, there are many legends to be honored who have contributed to Texas athletics,” said State Fair of Texas President, Mitchell Glieber. “We know that we cannot honor them all, but we thank the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for loaning us a selection of sports memorabilia for fairgoers to enjoy during this year’s Fair, themed “Deep in the Heart of Texans”.”

    A selection of the inductees from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame who will be highlighted in this exhibit include: auto racing legends – A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford; baseball legends – Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan; basketball legends – Rolando Blackman and Clyde Drexler; boxing legend – George Foreman; football legends – Joe Green, Tom Landry, and Doak Walker; golf legends – Ben Crenshaw and Lee Trevino; hockey legend – Mike Modano; rodeo legend – Don Gay; soccer legends – Mia Hamm and Kyle Rote, Jr.; swimming legend – Eddie Reese; tennis legend – Zina Garrison; and track and field legends – Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson

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  • Comanche Nation

    COMANCHE NATION:  The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker

    Dates: November 3rd, 2014 to January 15th, 2015

    Exhibit

    Comanche Nation: The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker is a traveling exhibit of rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker.  Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U.S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals. In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family.  Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah.  After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace.

     

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  • Federal Reserve

    AN ARGUMENT FOR DALLAS:  100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 1914–2014

    Dates:  December 19th, 2014 to June 5th, 2015

     

    Learn about the arguments that civic leaders made on behalf of Dallas as they sought to win a reserve bank for the city. Examine the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and learn about the Bank’s service to the Eleventh District and to the American people.

     

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  • Cinco de Mayo

    CINCO DE MAYO

    Dates:  May 18th, 2015 to May 25th, 2015

     

    Rarely seen items from the DHS collection will be on display in the Great Hall to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  Items on exhibition will incorporate several Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo artifacts dating from 1720-1840 including an iron crucifix and lamps, door lock with key, wooden crucifix,  Spanish made pistol, images of the church and rose window.

     

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  • Hickman

    BEHOLD THE PEOPLE: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961

    Dates:  June 19th, 2015 to Aug 15th, 2015

     

    R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. His images reveal his awareness of the broad community context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.

     

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    Photo Credit: Colored waiting room, 1952. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (DI00964), The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

     

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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 or simply fill out this form and someone will be back in touch shortly.

    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

    • 30 minute tour (50 student max/tour)
    • Grades 3-12
    • Docent led
    • $3.00 per person
    • Teachers FREE

    Students will learn about Texas history while touring the Great Hall of 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 AND TRAVELING TRUNKS

     

    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.

     

    EXHIBITS AT THE HALL OF STATE 2014-2015

    Recommended for Grades 3rd and up

    All exhibits are located in the Hall of State in Fair Park

    FREE Admission

     

    COMANCHE NATION: The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker

    Dates: November 3rd, 2014 to January 15, 2015

     

    Description:  Comanche Nation: The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker is a traveling exhibit of rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker.  Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U.S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals. In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family.  Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah.  After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace.

     

    AN ARGUMENT FOR DALLAS: 100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 1914–2014

    Dates: December 19th, 2014 to June 5th, 2015

     

    Description:  Learn about the arguments that civic leaders made on behalf of Dallas as they sought to win a reserve bank for the city. Examine the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and learn about the Bank’s service to the Eleventh District and to the American people.

     

    TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY 

    Dates: Feb. 22nd, 2015 to March 3rd, 2015

     

    Description: Rarely seen items from the DHS collection including the minutes of the Texas Constitutional Convention and Sam Houston’s handwritten report of the Battle of San Jacinto will be on display in the Great Hall to celebrate Texas’ 179th birthday.

     

    CINCO DE MAYO

    Dates:  May 18th to May 25th, 2015

     

    Description:  Rarely seen items from the DHS collection will be on display in the Great Hall to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  Items on exhibition will incorporate several Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo artifacts dating from 1720-1840 including an iron crucifix and lamps, door lock with key, wooden crucifix,  Spanish made pistol, images of the church and rose window.

     

    BEHOLD THE PEOPLE: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961

    Dates: June 19th, 2015 to Aug 15th, 2015

     

    Description:  R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. His images reveal his awareness of the broad community context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.


    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.


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

    To become a DHS member, click here.

  • 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

    Allie Beth Allman

     

    Many thanks to Allie Beth Allman & Associates for sponsoring

    the 2015 Historic City Tours Series!!!

     

    Tour bus

    Historic City Tours

    2015

     

    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 Rose Mary Rumbley

    • Date:  March 14th, 2015 (Saturday afternoon)
    • Time:  1 PM to 5 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
    •  Price:  $35 Members / $45 Non Members

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    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.  Bathroom break at Lakewood Library.   Neighborhoods visited may 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!

     

     

    Endangered Dallas

    with David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas

    • Date: March 21st, 2015 (Saturday afternoon)
    • Time: 1 to 4 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off: The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price: $30 Members / $40 Non Members

    David Preziosi

    What does the Statler Hilton, 211 North Ervay, and David Crockett School have in common? They were all on Preservation Dallas’ 11 Most Endangered List and now are being redeveloped for new uses. In 2004, Preservation Dallas developed the 11 Most Endangered list to call attention to the threat or threats many of our most important historic buildings and neighborhoods in Dallas were facing at the time. There are still many buildings on the list where the future is uncertain like Crozier Tech, Fort Worth Avenue’s Motor Court motels and even the Tenth Street Historic District. Find out more about these sights as you take a bus tour to see properties on previous endangered lists and hear more about their status and efforts to preserve them.

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    New Deal in Dallas          

    with Sally Rodriguez

    • Date: April 11th, 2015 (Saturday)
    • Time: 1 PM to 4 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off: The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price: $30 Members / $40 Non Members

    Sally Rodriguez

    President Roosevelt’s back to work programs not only put people back to work but provided for wonderful development within Dallas Parks.  Come join us on a tour of these wonderful parks and their improvements that were provided through the alphabet agencies such as the CCC, WPA, PWA and NYA.

     

    Places to be visited:

    • Fair Park
    • Tenison Park
    • White Rock Lake
    • Lee Park
    • Reverchon
    • Dealey Plaza
    • Stevens Park
    • Lake Cliff

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Downtown Dallas

    with Greg Brown

    • Date: April 18th, 2015 (Saturday afternoon)
    • Time: 1 to 4 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off: The Hall of State in Fair Park
    • Price: $30 Members / $40 Non Members

    Greg Brown

     

    Join Dallas Center for Architecture Program Director, Greg Brown, downtown for a tour of more than 150 years of Dallas history.  Learn about architectural icons like Old Red Courthouse, the Adolphus Hotel and the Statler Hilton…and the people who made them happen.  You’ll also explore more recent landmarks—City Hall, the Arts District, Klyde Warren Park and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge—to understand how they are changing the face and future of Dallas.

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Mid-Century Churches and Synagogues    

    with John Brown

    • Date: April 25th, 2015 (Saturday afternoon)
    • Time: 1 to 4 PM
    • Pick up/Drop off: TBA because of Earth Day
    • Price: $30 Members / $40 Non Members

    John Brown

    The city of Dallas has an exceptional collection of mid-century religious architecture reflecting the influence of modern design on the city of Dallas.  These churches and synagogues are some of the most remarkable and well-preserved examples of modernism ranging from the 1950s through the 1970s.  In partnership with Partners for Sacred Places, John Brown, a principal at Selzer Associates, Inc., will narrate a tour of these sacred places and present the impact of modernism on religious design.

     

    List of churches on the tour (subject to change):

    • Fifth Church of Christ Scientist
    • Temple Emanu-el
    • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
    • St. Monica Catholic Church
    • St. Michael and All Angels Church
    • Lovers Lane United Methodist Church

     

    Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

     

     

    Greenwood Cemetery Walking Tour    

    with Paul McLin

    • Date: May 16th, 2015 (Saturday)
    • Time: 10 AM to 12 PM (Saturday morning)
    • Meeting Place: Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Texas 75204
    • Price: $15 Members / $25 Non Members

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    This beautiful, well-kept and well-managed cemetery, which is still active, began as Trinity Cemetery in 1876.  The name was changed to Greenwood in 1896.  It covers over 30 acres and contains around 14,000 graves.  In addition to its hundreds of noted residents, Greenwood has one of the largest populations of Civil War veterans – both CSA and Union – and some of the finest monuments and mausoleums in the area.  History comes alive here!

     

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

     

    Click HERE to reserve your ticket today!

     

     

    Running with Bonnie and Clyde       

    with John Neal Phillips

    • Date: May 25th, 2015 (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:  $45 Members / $55 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!

     

     

    Oakland Halloween Cemetery Tour (in partnership with Dallas Heritage Village) 

    with Paul McLin and Costumed Characters

    • Date:  October 31st, 2015 (Saturday)
    • 1-2:30 PM and 3-4:30 PM
    • Meeting Place:  Oakland Cemetery
    • Price:  $15 Members / $25 Non Members

    Since 1892, Oakland Cemetery has been the permanent resting place of some of Dallas’ most colorful characters.  Learn their stories during this unique tour that includes character performances, amidst some of the finest funeral statuary to be found anywhere.  Tales may feature well know politicians; 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.

     

    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 ticket today!

     

     

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

    To become a DHS member, click here.

  • Visit

    The Dallas Historical Society is located at

    3939 Grand Avenue in historic Fair Park, Dallas, Texas,  75210.

     

    The Museum’s visiting hours are:

    Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

    Sunday 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

    Closed on Monday

     

    Admission is FREE

     

     

     

  • BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

    Brown Bags

    2015

     

    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.

     

    TUESDAY, March 10th, 2015

    75 Years of Vision: 

    The Lasting Gift of Southwestern Medical Foundation

    Presented by Traci Beeson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Southwestern Medical Foundation

    Traci Beeson

    It has been a remarkable barnraising!  By definition a barnraising is a when the community comes together to build a barn, a school or a church that individually they could not build alone.  In this case, the community came together in 1939 to create and support the Southwestern Medical Foundation in funding medical education and research that would improve clinical care available in the area and bring the quality up to standards that the east coast was already enjoying.  Dallas did not have a medical school to provide the community with quality physicians when Southwestern Medical Foundation created and operated Southwestern Medical College in 1943.  Southwestern Medical Foundation later donated Southwestern Medical College to the University of Texas to become what we know today as UT Southwestern, which is one of the top medical schools and medical centers in the nation with more Nobel Laureates than anywhere else in the country. It is an incredible story of vision and perseverance that is an important part of what makes Dallas such a great city.

     

    TUESDAY, April 14th, 2015

    Mid-Century Churches and Synagogues of Dallas

    Presented by A. Robert Jaeger, President and Co-Founder of Partners for Sacred Places

    Graham Studios Inc.

    In the post-war era, religious architecture underwent a transformation that brought modern design to the most traditional of architectural forms.  Houses of worship became some of the most prominent and common examples of modernism.  Dallas is home to many of these mid-century examples of modern church and synagogue design.

     

    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 impact of modernism on Dallas’ sacred places.

     

    TUESDAY, May 12th, 2015

    An Argument for Dallas:

    100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

    Presented by Princeton Williams

    Princeton Williams

    In 1914, Dallas was ready to take its place as a major city in the United States, and city leaders believed that a Federal Reserve Bank would be important to the city’s future. George Dealey from the Dallas Morning News and J. Howard Ardrey, a Dallas banker, made the argument for Dallas as a Federal Reserve city. Learn about the case they made for a Bank. Explore highlights of the 100 years of history of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.

     

    WILL BE REPEATED THAT EVENING AS PART OF OUR

    NEW HAPPY HOUR HISTORY SERIES!

     

    TUESDAY, June 9th, 2015

    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

    Presented by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, Genealogist and former librarian for the Dallas Public Library

    Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck

    Join Lloyd Bockstruck in a lively discussion about how to trace your ancestors and resources available to you.  Lloyd was with the Dallas Public Library from 1973 to 2009 and served as the Supervisor of the Genealogy Section.  A sought-after public speaker on a number of topics, Mr. Bockstruck is widely recognized as one of our leading authorities on the genealogical sources of the American Revolution. In 1983 the National Genealogical Society recognized him with its Award of Merit and in 1989 the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him the History Award.  He is a noted author of such publications: Naval Pensioners of the United States, 1800-1851; Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers; Genealogical Research in Texas; Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments.

     

     

    TUESDAY, July 14th, 2015

    People who Changed Dallas, Theatrically Speaking

    Presented by Rose-Mary Rumbley, Author and Historian

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    “To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.”  Simon Callow, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

     

    The theatre of Dallas owes much to those who gave of themselves so that our city can experience the wonder of the theatre.  Those such as: Mrs. Pearl Wallace Chapell, elocutionist, whom was the driving force behind Shakespeare in the Park.  Mrs. Ermance Rejebian for her devotion to the great book clubs of Dallas, Margo Jones for making Dallas a ‘theatre’ city.  Neil Fletcher, who not only invented the corny dog, but also had the first theatre of Dallas inside a tent; and Hyman Sharninsky for the band for the Starlight Operettas.

     

    WILL BE REPEATED THAT EVENING AS PART OF OUR

    NEW HAPPY HOUR HISTORY SERIES!

     

     

    TUESDAY, August 11th, 2015

    Annals of Dallas Crime

    Presented by John Slate, City Archivist, Dallas Municipal Archives

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    We’ve all heard about Bonne and Clyde. We know about the tragedy of John F. Kennedy. But how much do you really know about the true crime history of Dallas? From the files of the Dallas Municipal Archives, City Archivist John Slate delves into figures from the cop-killing hillbilly fiddler Robert Lee Johnson to Clyde Barrow associate Raymond Hamilton to burlesque artist Candy Barr.

     

     

    TUESDAY, September 8th, 2015

    The Untold Story: 

    A Tribute to Mexican American Veterans and Families

    Presented by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL)

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    Mexican Americans have served their country with honor and pride in the U.S. armed forces for more than 150 years.  Military service and honor are a strong tradition in Mexican American families and communities.  It is not unusual to find military service spanning several generations within families, multiple family members serving in the armed forces, or good friends enlisting together.

     

    The Dallas Mexican American Historical League proudly shares the story of our grandparents, parents, sons and daughters, and grandsons and granddaughters who we sent off to serve our country, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s wars.

     

     

    Happy Hour History (See descriptions above):

    • May 12th, 2015 – Princeton Williams and The Dallas Fed
    • July 14th, 2015 – Rose Mary Rumbley and the history of theater in Dallas

     

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

    To become a DHS member, click here.

  • SPECIAL EVENTS, BOOK SIGNINGS AND LECTURES

    THE DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS VERY PROUD TO PRESENT THESE FREE PROGRAMS DURING THE SPRING OF 2015:

     

    JANUARY 22ND, 2015

    In partnership with Preservation Dallas

    At the Hall of State in Fair Park

    3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

     

     Building a House in a Timeless Age for web

    Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age

    by Brent Hull

    Schedule of events:

    6:00 p.m.- Doors open (cash bar available)

    6:30 p.m. Presentation followed by book signing

     

    DALLAS, TEXAS – (August 11, 2014) – New book Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age (Brown Books Publishing Group) by Brent Hull, owner and president of Hull Historical, a nationally recognized authority on historic design, architecturally correct moldings, and millwork challenges readers to rethink the way we build homes in an era that is obsessed with what’s next. He poses the questions: What do our homes say about us? What stories are they telling? Are they declarations of integrity, beauty and heritage? Or do they suggest we have lost our sense of value, craft and harmony?

     

    Over the last 60 years, we have become so fixated with building homes as cheaply and fast as possible that we no longer remember how to build a beautiful home that lasts. New homes today are often showy, gaudy and downright ugly. They are built without much care or consideration and have no design philosophy or lasting appeal to them.

     

    “We have come to see houses as a tradable commodity,” says Hull. “We need to be careful of fooling ourselves into thinking that a bottom-line mentality is the best way to approach building a home. In fact, the contrast between the way we build today and how structures used to be built has become increasingly more vivid. Our values and what we believe about life have also changed.”

     

    In Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age Hull dares us to slow down and ask ourselves: What happened to craft? What happened to the art of building? What are we communicating to our children by the homes we choose? How can we find a way to build something timeless that still weaves a tale of character, values, history and heart? He touches on the subject of how our society is set on building “McMansions” and why this is reflective of a shift in values that will impact future generations.

     

    Christine G.H. Franck, director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado says, “Master builder Brent Hull brings to life the complex story of the rise and fall of craft and posits a better future grounded in timeless ways of building,” While Virginia Savage McAlester, author of A Field Guide to American Houses adds, “Building a Timeless House is an engrossing history of house design and construction that prepares you to create your own home.”

     

    For Hull, the main goal in writing this book is to help people understand that the house they build defines them and in turn defines our society. He teaches valuable lessons that might otherwise be lost in the technology obsessed and materialistic world we live in today.

     

    Inspiring, informative and motivating, Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age provides readers with the tools to begin their own journey of discovery. A journey that starts by building a great team, specifically choosing the right architect and builder to bring your vision to life.

     

    “Now is the time to examine ourselves, our motives and our hearts,” Hull implores. “May your home tell the story you want to tell. May your house be timeless.”

     

    To learn more, visit: www.TheTimelessHouse.com

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    About the Author Trained in the art of museum quality preservation at the prestigious North Bennett Street School in Boston, Brent is the exclusive licensee for the architectural interiors of the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware. He has designed two lines of award-winning moldings and is a popular speaker and presenter.  Brent is also the author of two books, “Traditional American Rooms celebrating style, craftsmanship, and historic woodwork with a foreword by Barbara Streisand and “Historic Millwork,” a guide to restoring and recreating doors, windows, and moldings from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. He is the recipient of four John Staub Awards for classical architecture in craftsmanship and historic restoration

     

     

    APRIL 8TH, 2015

    At the Hall of State in Fair Park

    3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

     

     North Texas Beer for web

    North Texas Beer:

    A Full-Bodied History of Brewing in Dallas, Fort Worth and Beyond 

    by local beer bloggers Brian L. Brown and Paul Hightower.

     

    Schedule of events:

    6:00 p.m.- Doors open (cash bar available)

    6:30 p.m. Presentation followed by book signing

     

    About the book: Texas is historically a large beer-drinking state. Unlike the brewing heritage of the Central Texas German settlements, the North Texas area—Dallas, Fort Worth and the cities of the surrounding Metroplex—always approached local beers from more of a commercial standpoint. Though local brewing dates back to 1857, early, larger brewers from other states influenced those in Dallas and Fort Worth before and throughout the twentieth century. After the opening of the first craft brewery in the state (and sixth in the nation) in Plano in 1982, North Texas breweries began to flourish in later years and today find a consuming public fiercely devoted to their local brews. Join authors Paul Hightower and Brian L. Brown for a complete yet refreshing look at the history, business and fun of beer in North Texas.

     

    About the Authors: Paul Hightower wears many hats. Educated as a research scientist and with a former career as an IT consultant, he now works as a freelance writer and editor for science, technology and educational topics. Hightower also has a keen interest in modern craft beer and the Texas brewing industry, with previous publications on Texas craft beer and breweries and writing as the Dallas Craft Beer Examiner since 2009. He is a BJCP certified beer judge as well as a reasonable homebrewer.

     

    Brian Brown first discovered his passion for craft beer after trying a German-style hefeweizen in the late 1990s. Since then he has spent countless hours studying the history and science of beer, which led him to become a certified judge in the BJCP. In the summer of 2010 he began writing for Examiner.com under the title of Plano Craft Beer Examiner, and in 2013 founded the website BeerInBigD.com. Born in Dallas, he now lives north of the city with his wife and their two children.

     

     

    APRIL 16TH, 2015

    At the Hall of State in Fair Park

    3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

     

     Fortune's Fool for web

    Fortune’s Fool:

    The Life of John Wilkes Booth

    by Terry Alford

     

    Schedule of Events:

    6pm Arrival and Reception (Book bundle)

    7pm Program and Q&A

    8pm Book Signing

     

    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

    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

    PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    Hall of State Tour Teacher Materials

    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:

     

     

     

  • Exhibitions

    Upcoming Exhibits

     

    sports_thumb  TEXAS SPORTS LEGENDS (September 26th, 2014-October 19th, 2014)

     

    Exhibit  COMANCHE NATION (November 3rd, 2014 to January 15th, 2015)

     

    A.2014.1.13  AN ARGUMENT FOR DALLAS (December 19th, 2014 to June 5th, 2015)

     

    SJ_flag_copy  TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY (Feb. 22nd, 2015 to March 3rd, 2015)

     

    Mission San Jose print  CINCO DE MAYO (May 18th, 2015 to May 25th, 2015)

     

    Behold the People  BEHOLD THE PEOPLE (June 19th, 2015 to Aug 15th, 2015)

     

     

  • 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

    For table or individual table purchases click here.

    The 2014 Awards for Excellence Recipients are:

     

    Arts Leadership

    Kevin Moriarty

    Award Sponsored by Diane and Hal Brierley

    Business

    Robert A. Estrada

    Award Sponsored by Al Hill, Jr. Family

    Creative Arts

    Judy and Patrick Kelly

    Award Sponsored by Bobby B. Lyle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gillikin, RWR Investments

    Education

    Mary and Mike Terry

    Award Sponsored by David Miller Family Foundation and Friends of Mary and Mike Terry

    Health/Sciences Medicine

    Claude B. Prestidge, M.D.

    Award Sponsored by BaylorScott&White and the Friends of Claude B. Prestidge, M.D.

    Health/Sciences Medical Research

    Bruce Beutler, M.D. and Johan Deisenhofer, Ph.D.

    Award Sponsored by Lyda Hill Foundation 

     

    Humanities

    S.M. Wright Foundation

    Award Sponsored by Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation and Allie Beth and Pierce Allman

     

    Philanthropy

    Stuart M. Bumpas

    Award Sponsored by Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp Foundation, Inc. and Linda and Bill Custard

    Volunteer Community Leadership

    Judy Rorrie

    Award Sponsored by Stephanie and Hunter Hunt

    Jubilee History Makers

    Natalie H. (Schatzie) Lee

     Award Sponsored by Friends of Natalie (Schatzie) Lee)

     

    To purchase a table, tickets or to make a donation, please click AFE Ticket form 2014.

    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

    For table or individual table purchases click here. 

  • 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

    our locations

    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

     

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    FOR A COMPLETE 2014/2015

    EXHIBIT SCHEDULE

    CLICK HERE

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    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.

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

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    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, click here or  contact the DHS at 214-421-4500 or via e mail.

     

     

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    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

    CLICK HERE FOR TABLE OR TICKET PURCHASE

    The 2014 Awards for Excellence Recipients are:

     

    Arts Leadership

    Kevin Moriarty

    Business

    Robert A. Estrada

    Creative Arts

    Judy and Patrick Kelly

    Education

    Mike and Mary Terry

    Health/Sciences Medicine

    Claude B. Prestidge, M.D.

    Health/Sciences Medical Research

    Bruce Beutler, M.D. and Johan Deisenhofer, Ph.D.

    Humanities

    S.M. Wright Foundation

    Philanthropy

    Stuart M. Bumpas

    Volunteer Community Leadership

    Judy Rorrie

    Jubilee History Makers

    Natalie Lee

     

     

    To purchase a table, tickets or to make a donation, please click AFE Ticket form 2014.

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