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July 2013
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Happy July 4th!!

DHS hopes everyone enjoys the holiday! Please drive safe if you are traveling.

Just after the holiday, we are hosting one of our favorite speakers, Rose-Mary Rumbley, for a FREE Brown Bag lecture entitled Devout Dallas. Pack a lunch and come hear one of Dallas' best storytellers!

We also are very excited to announce the Chairs and Honorary Chairs for the 32nd Awards for Excellence in Community Service luncheon that will be held on November 12, 2013. Award recipients will be announced soon!

Thanks for all your support!  Please always feel free to email me with your program ideas.

Jack Bunning
Executive Director
Dallas Historical Society

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The Dallas Historical Society, celebrating more than 90 years as the longest-running historical organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the area's entire history, announces the 2013 event chairs and honorary chairs of its prestigious Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Established in 1981, the awards recognize community leaders in key fields whose contributions have positively impacted the quality of life for the citizens of Dallas.


This year's event at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel will be chaired by the mother daughter team Peggy and Catherine Carr. Honorary Chairs for the event are Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Caruth III, longtime Dallas community leaders and philanthropists. The 2013 AFE luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 12.


"We look forward to celebrating with Dallas our city's community leaders at this year's Awards for Excellence event," said Margaret Keliher, chair of the Dallas Historical Society. "It is a tribute to the Dallas Historical Society to have such notable contributors to the Dallas community spearheading our annual luncheon."


Award recipients are chosen from nominations received from the Dallas community and reviewed by a Dallas Historical Society awards selection committee. Past recipients have included Ruth Altshuler, Gerald Turner, Trammell Crow, Rev Gerald Britt, , Caroline Rose Hunt, Laura Estrada, and Erle Nye.


Established on behalf of the Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society, this year's awards will honor individuals in eight categories, including Arts Leadership, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities/History, Philanthropy, Volunteer Leadership and the Jubilee History Maker award.  Recipients of the 2013 Awards for Excellence will be announced in July.


For information on sponsorship, table and ticket purchases, please

contact Nora Lenhart or call 214-421-4200 ext 101. 


with Author and Historian,
Rose-Mary Rumbley 

The Methodists arrived a few years after John Neely Bryan and the Baptists and Presbyterians were not far behind. Noted local author/historian, Rose-Mary Rumbley looks at the first church, cathedral and synagogue in the city.




 A cold reminder!

By Samantha Dodd


  Smith Ice Cream 


As children finish school and temperatures rise, everyone searches for a way to stay cool during the long Texas summer months. A young dairyman by the name of James H. Smith along with his son, Charles W. Smith went into the Texas ice cream business in the early 1900s. They acquired a plant located on Harwood Street and for more than sixty-five years the Smith Ice Cream company was a major presence in Dallas.[i] The Tom Collins photographic collection at the Dallas Historical Society contains hundreds of photos and negatives of Dallas businesses, street scenes, skylines shot between 1946 and 1991. If you are interested in viewing this collection, or in conducting research at the DHS, please contact the collections department.         

Copy courtesy of:  Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 21, Number 2, Fall 2009, Michael V. Hazel, editor, Journal/Magazine/Newsletter 


Image courtesy of the Dallas Historical Society, Tom Collins Collection, V.1995.4.433. 


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The Dallas Historical Society's members value the unique history of Dallas and Texas and believe it should be shared with others. Membership in DHS helps provide the additional funds to offer educational programs and to help preserve and build the collection of The Society. 


Your membership helps strengthen The Society and also offers you direct benefits. Members receive various discounts and previews to exhibits and events as well as special "member only" events.    


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