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August 2015 News and Events

Art Deco Architecture in North Texas

by Jim Parsons and David Bush


Authors Jim Parsons and David Bush will discuss their work in north Texas on documenting Art Deco architecture and their book Fair Park Deco which focuses specifically on the Art Deco art and architecture of Fair Park - the public spaces, buildings, sculptures and murals that were designed for the 1936 exposition.


Fair Park is one of the finest collections of Art Deco architecture in the country, but it is so much more: the embodiment of Texan swagger, it is a testament to the Texanic task of creating a dazzling spectacle in the darkest days of the Depression.

Jim and David will also discuss their current project underway, a book which will feature the amazing collection of Art Deco architecture across north Texas.


Fair Park Deco will be available for purchase at the program with the authors signing copies after the presentation.


Where: Hall of State in Fair Park, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas

When: August 6th, 2015

Free Event!


Schedule of events:

6:00 p.m.- Doors open

6:30 p.m. Presentation followed by book signing

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.


Annals of Dallas Crime

Speaker:  John Slate, City Archivist, Dallas Municipal Archives


Description:  We've all heard about Bonne and Clyde. We know about the tragedy of John F. Kennedy. But how much do you really know about the true crime history of Dallas? From the files of the Dallas Municipal Archives, City Archivist John Slate delves into figures from the cop-killing hillbilly fiddler Robert Lee Johnson to Clyde Barrow associate Raymond Hamilton to burlesque artist Candy Barr.


When: August 11th, 2015

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where: Hall of State in Fair Park 

Cost: Free



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

Current Exhibitions


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

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 104 or order online HERE.    

Volunteers needed!

The Dallas Historical Society is in need of volunteers for the upcoming State Fair exhibition: Big Texas Music

Volunteers will help answer questions regarding the exhibit, the Hall of State, and of course the Dallas Historical Society. 

As always we will need a lot of Volunteer help this year!! Please feel free to pass along this information to family, friends, coworkers and colleagues!



During the fair volunteer shifts are from:  10:00am-1:00pm; 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm each day from Friday September 25th until Sunday October 18th. We would love to have you volunteer with the Dallas Historical Society this year at the State Fair of Texas® 2015.  

Volunteer orientation will be held on September 12th at 10:00am at the Hall of State.


North Texas Giving Day

September 17th is North Texas Giving Day and the Dallas Historical Society needs your support. 

What is North Texas Giving Day?

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits.  


The Dallas Historical Society strives to provide free programming and education opportunities to the community, instilling an appreciation for the value and importance of history. Last year the Dallas Historical Society received over $15,000 in donations. These contributions helped to care for the collection by digitizing thousands of records that are now available online. Donations received on Giving Day also supported the internship program, exhibitions, and educational programs. 


What can you do to support the Dallas Historical Society on Giving Day?

On Giving Day (Thursday, September 17,  from 6 AM Central - Midnight) visit the Dallas Historical Society's Giving Day page and make a donation. There is no minimum gift,  and all gifts over $25 qualify for special bonuses.


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Hall of State in Fair Park

3939 Grand Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75210


P: 214-421-4500

F: 214-421-7500 



TUESDAY -SATURDAY    10:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

SUNDAY  1:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.