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CLOSURE NOTICE

Entrance to the Hall of State will open to the public by appointment only until further notice.

To make an appointment, call (214) 421-4500

The Dallas Historical Society will maintain office hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday with weekend business by appointment only. The DHS archives & the G.B. Dealey Library will be closed for in person research appointments until further notice. During this time, staff will continue to assist with research requests submitted by email to research@dallashistory.org. We also invite the public to explore a selection of our visual collections on our website.


Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

A special online exhibit

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops present to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.


Caring For Dallas: A History of Our Hospitals

A special online exhibit

In the early nineteenth century, most Americans gave birth and endured illness and even surgery at home. They belonged to a largely rural society, and few would ever have occasion to visit a hospital. Hospitals in the United States emerged from institutions, notably almshouses, that provided care and custody for the poor. Thus, rooted in the tradition of charity, the public hospital traces its ancestry to the development of cities and community efforts to shelter and care for the chronically ill, deprived, and disabled. Though modest in their origins, public hospitals have grown into multifaceted municipal institutions. This online exhibit tells the history of hospitals and caring for the sick in Dallas.


Special Event Rental Discount:

As our community works through these unprecedented times, the Dallas Historical Society is offering a 10% discount to those who schedule their wedding or other event at the Hall of State to take place within the next two years. 

In order to take advantage of this discount offer, events must be booked by September 1, 2020.

For more information about renting the Hall of State or to schedule an appointment, contact the DHS  at: 214-421-4500 ext. 106 or email  Nora Lenhart.


Century Society

The Century Society of the Dallas Historical Society is comprised of engaged and forward thinking community members who take pride in the city of Dallas and are committed to the 100th anniversary of the Dallas Historical Society in 2022. Whether generational, longtime Dallas resident or new to the city, each member has one goal in mind: to continue to support the important history of the people, places, and events for the next generations. The objective of the Century Society is to take the organization into the next hundred years in a meaningful and modern way.

*The Founding Members will play an integral role in the formation of the Century Society in order to ensure the success of the 100th anniversary celebration.  Founding Members will be expected to pledge to a five year commitment. For more information please contact Molly Nolan at 214-421-4500 ext. 107


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.