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TEXAS’ FIRST RADIO STATION:

WRR RADIO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

WRR was the first licensed broadcast station in Texas and one of the nation’s five inaugural stations. Operated by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, WRR is an integral component of the City of Dallas’ commitment to providing access to arts opportunities to its residents, as well as to the nearly eight million residents of North Texas.

A visual history or WRR is currently on display in the North Texas Room, at the Hall of State at Fair Park.

The Hall of State is currently under renovation. Exhibits are currently viewable by appointment only. Please call (214) 421-4500 to schedule a visit.


Polly Smith:

Fair Park, Photography & The Texas Centennial

Join the City of Dallas Office of Arts and CultureDallas Historical Society and Dallas Center for Photography on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm CDT for a fascinating online event about Texas history, women photographers, photographic history and processes, Depression-era works, and the birth and history of Fair Park and its crown jewel, The Hall of State.

In 1935 a young photographer named Polly Smith was commissioned by officials of the Texas Centennial to travel around the state and make a series of photographs capturing the people and places that made Texas unique. The images were to coincide with the 100-year celebration of independence, and it was the first time that photography was used for state marketing and the promotion of tourism. A select group of those photos were printed using the unique orotone process and have been hanging in the Hall of State ever since.

For more information or to register, click the image below:


The Landry Legacy

An Evening with Cliff Harris & Former Cowboys Players, hosted by Mike Doocy

To honor the 60th anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys, and the receipt of the  Tom & Alicia Landry Family Collection, the Dallas Historical Society will host an evening celebrating the illustrious first coach of America’s team with former players from the Landry era. Mike Doocy from Fox 4 will moderate the discussion with former players, including Cliff Harris and more, reminiscing of their time with Coach Landry. A reception together with a meet and great with the players and the premier of the collection will kick off the evening.


About the Dallas Historical Society:

Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the preeminent organization of its kind in Dallas, collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations. The stories of Dallas are shared each day through the three million items that comprise its archives and artifact collections. 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. More information can be found at http://www.dallashistory.org.