Brown Bag Lecture Series

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.
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Images of Modern America: Oak Cliffoakcliff

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Examine the progression and transformation of Oak Cliff as one of the most ethnically diverse, culturally opulent, and desirable neighborhoods in the United States.

Speaker: Leigh Gettman-Allen and Mary Elliott Skinner

Hangings and Lynchings in Dallas County, hangings

Texas 1853 to 1920

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author Terry Baker discusses all known hangings and lynchings in Dallas County from 1853-1920, including subjects such as the first woman legally hanged in Texas, acts of vigilantism, and the last legal hanging in Dallas.

Speaker: Terry Baker

Making Neighborhoods Stronger by Preserving

Historic Sacred Places

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Discover how Dallas’ historic sacred places have found new ways to fulfill the needs of their ever-changing neighborhoods through decades of change.

Speaker: Alison Hernandez and the Partnership for Sacred Spaces

Allie Tennant

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Allie-Tennant-Scultping-the-Tejas-Warrior-for-Texas-Centennial-A.79.5e1418717878945

At the Hall of State in Fair Park, a sculpture of a Native American figure, bronze with gilded gold leaf, strains a bow before sending an arrow into flight. Tejas Warrior has welcomed thousands of visitors since the Texas Centennial Exposition opened in the 1930s. The iconic piece is instantly recognizable, yet few people know about its creator: Allie Victoria Tennant, one of a notable group of Texas artists who actively advanced regionalist art in the decades before World War II.

Speaker: Light Cummins, PhD

The Trial of Toy Woolley: A Depression Drama of evelyn-2

Love, Money and Murder

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Did the young husband shoot his beautiful wife by accident, or was it cold-blooded murder? This presentation will explore the sensational trial that intrigued Dallasites during the Great Depression.

Speaker: Dr. Evelyn Montgomery, PhD

Texas Road Tripsrose-mary-rumbley-edt

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rose Mary Rumbley will explore, remember and recommend destinations in Texas.

Speaker: Rose-Mary Rumbley

Preservation Success Storiespd-color-logo-sm

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

David Preziosi will explore the development of Preservation Dallas, which works to collaborate, educate, and advocate for the preservation of Dallas’ historic and cultural resources. Important battles, successes, and failures will demonstrate how far the organization has come in protecting Dallas’ unique history.

Speaker: David Preziosi

The Red River Bridge War: redriverwar

A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

An account of the 1931 conflict between Texas and Oklahoma that had lasting consequences. This cautionary tale provides historical context for the current trend of re-privatizing our nation’s highway infrastructure.

Speaker: Rusty Williams

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