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Dallas Historical Society 
September 2014 Programs
By Dallas Morning News reporter, Doug Swanson


6:00 p.m. Doors open -cash bar
6:30 p.m. Presentation followed by book signing


Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker tells the fascinating and deadly story of one of the Lone Star State's greatest racketeers. Benny Binion ruled the Dallas underworld in the 1940s, and went on to be a founding father of modern Las Vegas. There he started the World Series of Poker. S.C. Gwynne, author of the best-selling Empire of the Summer Moon, says this about Blood Aces: "Doug J. Swanson has written a terrific, propulsive account of a man and a subculture I can virtually guarantee you know little or nothing about. This is dazzlingly original stuff, and it's entertaining as hell."


Doug J. Swanson is an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has twice been named the top newspaper reporter in Texas. He also has written five novels set in Texas. His novel Big Town was a finalist for the Edgar Award and won the John Creasey Award from the British Crime Writers Association. Swanson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University. He lives in Fort Worth. Blood Aces is his first non-fiction book.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Noon- FREE to the Public


Los Barrios: History of Mexican American Settlement in Dallas 

Beginning in the 1900's

                                                                             Presented by 

   The historical development of several barrios in Dallas dates to the early 1900's. Pike Park in the heart of Little Mexico regularly brought together barrio communities throughout Dallas to celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions.



Hall of State- Fair Park

Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall 

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210 



Individual reservations are not necessary but are appreciated for large groups.

Please contact the DHS at 214-421-4500 ext 104 for group reservations.


Attendees are welcome to bring their own "brown bag" lunch.

Tables will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Each talk will last approximately one hour.


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(214)421-4500 ext 101.