The Dallas Historical Society was organized on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens In 1938, the Society assumed the management of the magnificent Hall of State at the request of the City of Dallas. The Hall of State is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of Fair Park. The Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed to preserving the area’s entire history.
Support Collections/Preservation of Dallas History
The Historical Society preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related three-dimensional objects, including James Fannin’s watch and Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign medal. The research library holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents, including Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the battle of San Jacinto.
Support History Education
Each year, the Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs. Outreach programs give students who are unable to visit the Hall of State the opportunity to experience educational programs on historical topics in their own classrooms.