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October 2015 News and Events
North Texas Giving Day success!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Dallas Historical Society on North Texas Giving Day. You helped raise $6,578! Thanks to your continued giving, the Dallas Historical Society will be able to offer new and exciting programming, free services and educational opportunities for the community, and continue to collect, preserve, and exhibit the inspiring history of Dallas and Texas. 

Thank you for demonstrating that Dallas is truly the City of Splendid Realities! 



Big Texas Music Exhibit Now Open! 

Come to the Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas (September 25th-October 18th) and see this stunning exhibition showcasing the musical talent of the Lone Star state. Whether you are a fan of rap, pop, jazz, country, or gospel music, there is something for every music taste on display. Snap a photo of yourself in front of your favorite singer and share it online!

Kids will love the interactive area where they can play and make music on a variety of instruments.
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning." -Plato
Be sure to check out the schedule of live performances. Every day of the exhibit will feature different local musicians and bands. 

The exhibit closes on Sunday, October 18th, so don't miss it!

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Meet Molly!

Molly Nolan, a native Dallasite and multi-generation Texan, comes to Dallas Historical Society with experience in fundraising, publishing, sales and marketing/public relations. She began her career as an Assistant Buyer at Stanley Korshak and from there began a long and successful tenure at People Newspapers- Park Cities & Preston Hollow People and with the startup You + Media.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from The University of North Texas.  Her extensive volunteerism has led her to chair many events and serve on numerous committees and boards such as Kidney Texas, The Family Place, Junior League of Dallas, American Heart Association, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, The Dallas Opera Women's Board, Salvation Army, TACA, American Foundation for the Blind, Code Red Caper, DIFFA, Trinity River Launch Committee and Dallas Challenge.

Molly is looking forward to interacting and getting to know the wonderful members of Dallas Historical Society, while finding exciting ways to engage and entice new members to keep the rich history of Dallas continuing. She currently resides in Lakewood with her fiancÚ, Brandon DeShong, and their precious fur babies.
Pour Yourself Into History

Join the Dallas Historical Society and our co-hosts the Save the Lakewood Theater group for Happy Hour at the Cock and Bull Neighborhood Pub on October 6th from 5:30-7:00 PM. 
Included in the presentation will be a walking tour about the history of the area, so wear your walking shoes. Sally Johnson, an architect with over 30 years of experience, will guide us on a walk through the past with stories of some of the most familiar structures in the historic Lakewood Shopping Center. You don't want to miss this one!

When: October 6th, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: Cock and Bull Neighborhood Pub
6330 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75214

Cost: Free!

Austin Gangsters!

Please join the Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Heritage Village and hear Jesse Sublett tell the stories of organized crime in Austin that led him to write his book, 1960s Austin Gangsters-Organized Crime That Rocked The Capital. Jesse Sublett is an author, musician and artist from Austin, Texas. His publications include Rock Critic Murders, Never the Same Again, Broke, Not Broken and he has contributed to Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, New York Times, Texas Tribune and the Austin Chronicle. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, his seminal Austin rock band, the Skunks were inducted in the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Jesse lives in Austin with his wife Lois Richwine. Reception begins at 6:00PM and the talk will start at 6:30 PM. Book signing will follow. 

When: October 8th, 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Dallas Heritage Village
Cost: Free

Historic City Tours


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





Oakland Halloween Cemetery Tour 

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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