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DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Dallas History Makers Celebrated November 18, 2021

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Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Historical Society will host its 39th Awards for Excellence luncheon on Thursday, November 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 North Akard Street
The event honors those who make significant contributions to Dallas’ quality of life, providing innovation, guidance, and support in categories such as Arts, Education, Sciences, Humanities, Philanthropy and more. The complete list of this year’s awards includes:

  • Arts Leadership – Gayle Halperin
    Commitment to the arts as an advocate, leader, administrator, mentor, and philanthropist, making Dallas a richer environment for all
  • Creative Arts – Jonathan Norton
    A homegrown, nationally recognized playwright whose rich characters and stories are inspired by growing up in Dallas
  • Education – Catherine LeBlanc
    Dedication to education through her Catch Up and Read program which trains primary school teachers in new and effective reading techniques
  • Health/Sciences – Agape Clinic
    Providing free medical care to the medically underserved of Dallas for almost 40 years
  • History – Nancy McCoy
    Extensive work as a preservation architect in the commercial, cultural, residential, parks, and educational sectors
  • Humanities – Alessandra Comini
    Accomplishments as an art historian, lecturer, author, and professor over the past 40 years
  • Philanthropy – Diane Bumpas
    Celebrating Texas State History and Dallas heritage through her generosity of time, effort, and contributions
  • Volunteer Community Leadership – Rene Martinez
    Long term dedication to the betterment of Dallas through his accomplishments as an educator, political leader, and civic leader

The 2021 Jubilee History Maker Award will be presented to Cece Cox. She will be honored for her outstanding leadership and advocacy in the LGBTQ community through her tireless 30 plus year commitment to civil rights.



“Through their time, energy, influence and support, these Dallas History Makers have shown tremendous civic leadership and a commitment to our city’s rich and important history,” says Karl Chiao, Esq., Executive Director of the Dallas Historical Society. “We are thrilled to honor their service and celebrate the contributions they make to the past, present and future of Dallas.”

With just one year until the 100-year anniversary and the recent debut of its newly renovated home at the Hall of State, the DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is truly entering an exciting time. “We are in the fortunate position of being able to bring our city’s vibrant history to an ever-growing audience—from newcomers and visitors to those whose roots run generations deep, says Veletta Forsythe Lill, Board Chair of the Dallas Historical Society.

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 15,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at school locations.


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