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May 2015 News and Events
Preserving Dallas' Past

The process by which a building or landmark receives historic designation is exceeding complex and requires a great deal of time. This is why the Downtown Historic Preservation Task Force proposed streamlining the landmark designation process. Their nine point plan included:


1. Establishing a Preservation Solutions Committee to advocate and  implement recommendations.

2. Streamline the landmark designation


3. Assess staffing related to preservation.

4. Expand staff review time for proposed demolition of historic buildings in and near downtown.

5. Educate the public about preservation.

6. Conduct a survey downtown and nearby to serve as a baseline.

7. Identify strategies and incentives that address market conditions and barriers to redevelopment. 

8. Prepare and adopt a new preservation plan for the city.

9. Create a forum for partnerships where common interest is being pursued


Unfortunately the Arts, Culture and Libraries Committee acted on only one of the nine items, instructing the city attorney's office to craft a proposal for a 30-day demolition delay into an ordinance for council review. The organization Preservation Dallas is working hard to bring issues such as this to the public's attention, however, they need your support.


Returning once again to the History Relevance Campaign, history and heritage organizations play a vital role in our communities' economy. Many do not realize that history can be a catalyst for economic growth. Many are drawn to communities that have preserved

a strong sense of historical identity and character. "Cultural heritage is a demonstrated economic asset and an essential component of any vibrant local economy, providing an infrastructure that attracts talent and enhances business development. "  

If you are interested in safeguarding the historic remnants of Dallas' past and its architectural history I encourage you to contact your city councilman and tell them to put the entire package in front of the full council for a comprehensive briefing as soon as possible.

We Won a Wilder!!

At the April 2015 annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums, the Dallas Historical Society and the Federal Reserve of Dallas won a SILVER Mitchell A. Wilder Award in the books and catalogs category for: An Argument for Dallas: 100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas



Be sure to stop by the Hall of State and check out this award-winning exhibition on display until June 5th.



Pour Yourself into History!



Join the Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Mexican American Heritage League for Happy Hour at Times Ten Cellars on May 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for the second presentation in our inaugural POUR YOURSELF INTO HISTORY series. A brief presentation about the history of Cinco de Mayo in Dallas will take place at 6:15.


Come, eat, drink, help support a local business and raise awareness about local history. 


When: May 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Times Ten Cellars (6324 Prospect Avenue 
Dallas, TX 75214)


Event is free, click here to register. 

2015 Brown Bag Lecture Series 

Be sure to stop in at 12 PM (noon), the second Tuesday of the month at the Hall of State and explore a variety of different topics about local and state history.


 An Argument for Dallas: 100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Speaker:  Princeton Williams

May 12th, 2015


Description:  In 1914, Dallas was ready to take its place as a major city in the United States, and city leaders believed that a Federal Reserve Bank would be important to the city's future. George Dealey from the Dallas Morning News and J. Howard Ardrey, a Dallas banker, made the argument for Dallas as a Federal Reserve city. Learn about the case they made for a Bank. Explore highlights of the 100 years of history of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.





Happy Hour History!

Can't make it to our noon brown bag lunches? Then join us for an evening rendition of our popular program. 

When: May 12th, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Hall of State
What: An Argument for Dallas: 100 Years of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas with Princeton Williams
Historic City Tours


Greenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

with Paul McLin (lead guide) and Frances James (assisting as health allows)



This beautiful, well-kept and well-managed cemetery, which is still active, began as Trinity Cemetery in 1876.  The name was changed to Greenwood in 1896.  It covers over 30 acres and contains around 14,000 graves.  In addition to its hundreds of noted residents, Greenwood has one of the largest populations of Civil War veterans - both CSA and Union - and some of the finest monuments and mausoleums in the area.  History comes alive here!


This is a walking tour only.  Participants will meet at the Greenwood cemetery for the tour.


Date:  May 16th, 2015

Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Saturday morning)

Pick up/Drop off:  Greenwood Cemetery

Price:  $15Members / $25Non Members





Running with Bonnie and Clyde

with John Neal Phillips


Uncover the lives of the famous outlaw lovers from Dallas, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, with author John Neal Phillips.  Tour will include lunch.


Date:  May 25th, 2015 (Memorial Day Monday)

Time:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park

Lunch:  Olive Garden

Price:  $45 Members / $55 Non Members


Hurry! This tour always sells out!!


Click here to view full tour schedule


For reservations, please call (214) 421-4500 x 101 or order online HERE.   

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History Around Town

May Day Festival at the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House. Juanita Craft was a civil rights pioneer. She was also a naturalist, a public servant, and a true lover of South Dallas. Come out and celebrate her life and legacy. Plant a flower, tour her home, eat, drink, laugh, and learn.


When: Saturday, May 2, 2015  @ 11 AM

Where: 2816 Warren Avenue

Cost: Free to the Public




Looking for something to read? Check out the Texas PBS Online Book Club. This group was formed by Texans who want more opportunities to learn and discuss our shared history. The book club meets online throughout the year and gives readers a chance to discuss topics with noted experts. Past topics have included Governor Ann Richards, the role of Texas in the Civil War and the 1937 New London, Texas, school explosion.
The next book in the series is:

The Life and Times of Willie Velasquez: Su voto es su voz by Juan Sepulveda.


The chat will be at 7:30 pm on May 20th. 


Click here for more information about the online book club. 



Congratulations to Giannino Alvarez for winning a membership to the Dallas Historical Society at last month's Art Spark event at NorthPark center. 
Fair Park Happenings

Come out to another spectacular event in the park: Fair Park Sparks! Live entertainment from local artists, Sister Hazel & Vanilla Ice! Vendors, food trucks, craft beer & wine Spectacular fireworks & dancing fountain shows


When: Friday, May 8, 2015 (3:00pm-8:30pm)

Where: Fair Park Esplanade & Court of Honor

Cost: Free outdoor festival, $5 parking

Enter Gates 5 or 6


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Hall of State in Fair Park

3939 Grand Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75210


P: 214-421-4500

F: 214-421-7500 



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