As the holidays approach, the DHS is coming off a very busy late summer and fall. Our 2013 State Fair exhibit honoring the Life and Times of Big Tex drew over 125,000 visitors.

This past month, DHS presented two well attended programs centered around the Kennedy assassination. Our thanks to Baylor Hospital System and Christian Care Centers for supporting these programs. Special thanks to Tracy Rowlett for taking on the role of interviewer. It's clear Tracy still has the skills that won him multiple awards as a journalist!

DHS is also proud to announce that much of our collection is now available for online research (see article to the right). DHS will continue to add collections and images to this online reference for the thousands of researchers who look to us with their history questions. 

Thanks to all of you and your support of the DHS. We always welcome program suggestions and other input on how best we can continue to collect, preserve and exhibit the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas!


Jack Bunning
Executive Director



Special December 12th Program
Free to the Public
Hall of State- Fair Park-Noon








Grab a brown bag lunch and come enjoy this free presentation!


Why are jobs moving from the once Golden State of California to the Lone Star State of Texas? Why are the best and the brightest moving to Austin and Houston and Dallas? Why are some states losing congressmen while Texas gains four? Why is it that Texas is growing?


According to Sam and Andrew Wyly, it's simple: Texas got it right! The Lone Star State's long tradition of walking the path less traveled has made it a constantly renewing hotbed of invention and entrepreneurial can-do. From the birthplace of Whole Foods, Southwest Airlines, and Green Mountain Energy has come the innovation that has quadrupled America's natural gas and oil reserves and creating good jobs. The friendly state is now leading the country in its use of high-tech windmills and is making it more likely that we'll soon bring an end to wars over oil.


The Wylys' new full-color, fully illustrated book ,Texas Got It Right!, argues that the state's success stories can inspire the rest of the country. This astute and provocative look at Texan policies, history, and culture is packed with ideas begging to be exported to the other states. 


32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service Rousing Success
The DHS' Annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service was a great success this year. This is the Society's biggest fundraising event of the year supporting our education and public programs. Final details and photographs of the event will be in the December newsletter. Thanks to all who attended and supported this wonderful event.

Special thanks to AFE Chairs, Peggy and Catherine Carr; Honorary Chairs, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Caruth , III and to all the sponsors,table and ticket purchasers.


Additional thanks goes to Margaret Keliher, Shannon Callewart, Pat Mattingly, Diane Bumpas, Louise Caldwell, Patricia Meadows, Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Caro Stalcup, Stewart H. Thomas, Barbara Averitt, Holly Huffines, Ben Jones, Elise Murphy, Haynesworth Photography, Digital3 
and Hendrika Rhoad.




Left: Co-Chair, Peggy Carr with Award Recipient Lois Finkelman 
Right: Gail Thomas with Award Recipient Pat Porter 




Left: Former DHS Board Member, John Cohn with Award Recipient, David Chard  

Right: Melissa Hill with her husband and Award Recipient, Trey Hill and DHS Honorary Trustee Caro Stalcup 




Errol McKoy with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gonzalez representing AFE Recipient The Mexican American Historical League


November 2013 Programs

A Conservation and Book Premier
with Dr. Ronald C. Jones, author of 100 Years of Surgical History at Baylor Hospital. Dr. Jones was also a resident at Parkland Hospital in November 1963 and treated both President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. 

Over 100 attending this gripping one on one conversation as Dr. Jones was interviewed by veteran journalist, Tracy Rowlett.

November 7, 2013- Hall of State

A Conversation with Hugh Aynesworth

November 19, 2013- Hall of State


Another large crowd turned out to hear and have their book signed by Hugh Aynesworth, author of his new book Witness to History: November 22, 1963.

For more information on upcoming DHS Programs, visit

In This Issue
Special December program
AFE Huge Success!
November 2013 Program Photos
Collections now online
Thanksgiving Square
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DHS Collections Database now available online!
The DHS is proud to announce that part of its collection is now searchable online.

The Dallas Historical Society handles over 1,500 research requests every year. From its vast collection of Texas and Dallas artifacts and documents, the DHS helps students writing papers, professional journalists, authors and those just interested researching Dallas and Texas history. 

Special thanks to the Shakespeare Club of Dallas and the Preston Center Rotary Club for their support of this project!
JFK Assassinated

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. 

For a comprehensive look at all the events and coverage go to JFK50.

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Thanksgiving Square

November is the perfect time to kick off the holiday season, to give thanks. In Dallas there is no better place to visit  than our own Thanks-Giving Square. The square is both a park and a chapel located in downtown Dallas. Peter Stewart, former president of the Thanksgiving-Square Foundation, explained in a Dallas Morning News article in 1968, that the "idea of the square is to give Dallasites a place to come and freely and openly give thanks." The idea for the square was originally conceived in 1962, and in 1964 the Thanks-Giving Square foundation was formed, made up of businessmen, civil leaders, and organizations. As a symbol of tolerance and diversity, Thanks-giving Square is a place for all seasons and all people.  The Center comprises the National Thanksgiving Commission, Thanks-Giving Square, and staff, and the support of thousands of visitors who come each year from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Next year Thanks-Giving Square will celebrate its 50th anniversary. 
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