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September 2015 News and Events
Pour Yourself Into History

Join the Dallas Historical Society for Happy Hour tonight at Ten Bells Tavern on September 1st from 5:30-7:00 PM for the fifth in our inaugural POUR YOURSELF INTO HISTORY series. A brief presentation about the history of the Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts area will take place at 6:15. Beat the heat and don't miss out on this one!
The program is FREE to attend. Ten Bells Tavern has a Tuesday Happy Hour special " Pint & Bite Night"- get anything from their small plates menu and a beer for $10. Check the small plate menu out here: http://www.tenbellstavern.com/  Never hurts to be prepared.

When: September 1st, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Ten Bells Tavern
232 West 7th Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Cost: Free

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.

The Untold Story: A Tribute to Mexican American Veterans and Families

Speaker:  Presented by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL)

Mexican Americans have served their country with honor and pride in the U.S. armed forces for more than 150 years.  Military service and honor are a strong tradition in Mexican American families and communities.  It is not unusual to find military service spanning several generations within families, multiple family members serving in the armed forces, or good friends enlisting together.
The Dallas Mexican American Historical League proudly shares the story of our grandparents, parents, sons and daughters, and grandsons and granddaughters who we sent off to serve our country, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation's wars.

When: September 8th, 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.

North Texas Giving Day is almost here!

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.


Like us on Facebook,  follow us on Twitter, and watch our Youtube channel for Giving Day updates, and be sure to bookmark our Giving Day donation page!


Help! 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, help set up stages for the live performances and of course represent  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.


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 known 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.    

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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.