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July 2015 News and Events
Upcoming Brown Bag 

Grab your lunch, stop in at 12 PM (noon) at the Hall of State and explore a variety of different topics about local and state history.



People who Changed Dallas, Theatrically Speaking

Speaker:  Rose-Mary Rumbley, Author and Historian

 "To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination."  Simon Callow, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. The theatre of Dallas owes much to those who gave of themselves so that our city can experience the wonder of the theatre.  Those such as: Mrs. Pearl Wallace Chapell, elocutionist, whom was the driving force behind Shakespeare in the Park.  Mrs. Ermance Rejebian for her devotion to the great book clubs of Dallas, Margo Jones for making Dallas a 'theatre' city.  Neil Fletcher, who not only invented the corny dog, but also had the first theatre of Dallas inside a tent; and Hyman Sharninsky for the band for the Starlight Operettas.

When: July 14th, 2015

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where: Hall of State in Fair Park 

Cost: Free



Can't make it at noon? Then join us for a special evening edition of our popular Brown Bag Series: History Happy Hour!


When: July 14th, 2015

Time: 6:00pm

Where: Hall of State in Fair Park

Featuring: Rose-Mary Rumbley, Author and Historian

Cost: Free


The Dallas Historical Society would like to thank the Preston Center Rotary Club Foundation for sponsoring this year's brown bag series.


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Join the Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Heritage Village for Happy Hour at the Bar at Stoneleigh on July 7th from 5:30-7:00 PM for the fourth in our inaugural POUR YOURSELF INTO HISTORY series. A brief presentation about the history of the 1923 Art Deco Stoneleigh will take place at 6:15. Beat the heat and don't miss out on this one!


The program is FREE to attend, however the bar valet cost is $4.00/person but street parking is available in the area. The Stoneleigh is graciously offering 20% off dinner at the Graze Restaurant for those that would like to stay and enjoy a meal after the program.


When: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Where: Le Meridien Dallas - The Stoneleigh

2927 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Program is FREE to attend, but please CLICK HERE to register (we like to know who is coming!)


Current Exhibitions


Colored waiting room, 1952. R. C. Hickman Photographic Archive (DI00964), The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Aust

BEHOLD THE PEOPLE: R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949-1961 (June 19th, 2015 to Aug 15th, 2015)


R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans-thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. His images reveal his awareness of the broad community context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.

Historic City Tours


Many thanks to Allie Beth Allman & Associates for sponsoring the 2015 Historic City Tours! 





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In Partnership with Dallas Heritage Village 

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


Date:  October 31st, 2015

Time:  1:00-2:30 PM and 3-4:30 PM

Pick up/Drop off:  Oakland Cemetery

Price:  $15Members / $25Non Members



Since 1892, Oakland Cemetery has been the permanent resting place of some of Dallas' most colorful characters.  Learn their stories during this unique tour that includes character performances, amidst some of the finest funeral statuary to be found anywhere.  Tales may feature well know politicians; educators, doctors and lawyers; business owners and bankers; world-famous clergy; a Civil War general (one of only two in Dallas County); land developers (Highland Park, for example); the first president of the Shakespeare Club (for 52 years!); a renowned millionaire eccentric; and a tragic victim of police brutality, to mention just a few of its 35,000+ graves.


 The entrance to Oakland Cemetery is on the east side of Malcolm X, between MLK and Pine, in the 3900 block.  Tour attendees will park inside the cemetery around the circle that features a very tall obelisk (which is straight ahead after entering the cemetery).


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


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

Meet the new interns!
The Dallas Historical Society is excited to welcome our new summer interns! Out of a number of very highly qualified candidates, these individuals stood out for their experiences, and their passion for history.

Welcome Naomi Ruiz from the University of North Texas. Naomi is currently working on her B.A. in Art History with a minor in chemistry. After graduation she plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Art Conservation or Historic Preservation. 

Nicholas Fields joins us from the University of Texas at Arlington. A Texas native of Flower Mound, Nicholas received his BA in History from Abilene Christian University. He his currently working towards his Masters in History at UT Arlington along with his archival certification. His career goal is a career in public history.

Taylor Jeromos of Franklin, OH is a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, IN. She has worked for a number of museums including the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, and the  Wayne County Historical Society. She recently completed the McDermott Internship at the Dallas Museum of Art. This fall she will be attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis to obtain her Masters degree in History/Museum Studies. In conjunction with her degree, Taylor will serve as the Graduate Research Assistant in the Office of Public Programs and Community Outreach at the Contemporary Art Museum. She looks forward to one day working as a museum programmer, focusing on adult learning and academic engagement. 



Congratulations to Joseph Denton! A graduate of the Dallas Historical Society's spring internship program, Joseph was recently hired as the archivist for Atmos Energy. 
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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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