Join the Dallas Historical Society for the Evening With! series.  Explore Dallas and Texas history with authors and experts who will speak on a range of fascinating subjects supported by an exhibition of related items from the DHS collection.


Photographer Polly Smith with Evelyn Barkerpolly

The first in the four-part series An Evening With! Evelyn Barker will discuss photographer Polly Smith. Barker is Director of Grants for the University of Texas at Arlington and former information literacy librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington and Curator of Library and Archives at the Dallas Historical Society. Her articles about Polly Smith have been published in Legacies: The Journal of Dallas HistoryThe New Handbook of Texas, and Texas Highways. She also wrote the book, A Texas Journey: The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith.  An exhibit of Polly Smith’s photographs will be on display beginning February 1, 2017.

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March 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM


kesslerCrusade Against Ugliness: George Kessler’s Plans

with Kevin Sloan

George Kessler characterized his 1911 Plan for Dallas with the proclamation, “Crusade Against Ugliness”. Landscape Architect and Urban Planner Kevin Sloan will present an overview of Kessler’s remarkable innovations and accomplishments in city planning, parks and thoroughfares for Dallas and Kansas City.

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April 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM


Preserving Munger Place with Virginia McAlestermunger

Virginia McAlester was one of 11 original members of Preservation Dallas (then called the Historic Preservation League) when it was established in 1972. McAlester was chairman of the Historic Dallas Fund, which set its sights on preserving Munger Place, the first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas when developed in 1902. The fund raised the money to buy 23 dilapidated houses including some that were condemned. Come hear how Virginia McAlester and the Historic Dallas Fund bought these houses, which provided the catalyst that brought the neighborhood back.

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May 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM


John Knott’s Cartoons with Ed OwensSat. Sept. 5, 1936 "Walk in, Folks!"

John Knott worked for the Dallas Morning News from 1905 until his retirement in 1957. During this time his artwork amassed to over 15,000 pieces. The archives of the DHS holds more than one third of this body of work. His most famous character “Old Man Texas”, was devised in 1906 to symbolize rural Texas, honesty in government, low taxes, and property ownership. His work was reprinted in many major American newspapers over the years. His work encompasses every possible aspect of the public’s interest from the humorous to the social conscience of the state and nation.

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June 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM