Category Archives: history

I was recently eating some pizza and pondering ancient civilizations, when I realized I know very little about the actual guy who inspired the diminutive fictional guy on the pizza box. How might I learn more about Caesar?

Caius Julius Caesar (100 BCE – 44 BCE) is one of the most famous leaders of ancient times. Luckily, the Dallas Public Library has plenty of material to shed some light on this influential figure! The following are a few suggested … Continue reading

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I heard that the Dallas History & Archives Division on the 7th floor of the Central Library recently re-opened after a renovation.  What’s new and different from when I visited a couple of years ago?

The Dallas History & Archives Division had a grand re-opening last month on Saturday, August 20, the result of an extensive renovation of the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.  Not only does the new space have … Continue reading

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I’m looking to explore Dallas this summer. Does the library have anything to inspire or guide me?

Though you may be dreaming about white sand beaches and Caribbean blue waters this summer, don’t forget that there is a lot to see and do right here in Dallas. In fact, when partaking in a “staycation” in the Big … Continue reading

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I’m really interested in reading about frontier Texas. Do you have some recommendations for history books that capture the spirit of this time?

Since that covers a lot of territory, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some favorites of the staff in the Genealogy and History Division: Randolph B. Campbell’s Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State has … Continue reading

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Enjoy Vintage Holiday Music from the Light Crust Doughboys

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!  As a gift from the Light Crust Doughboys and the Dallas Public Library please enjoy this free download of two vintage western swing holiday tunes – Jingle Bells and Santa Claus … Continue reading

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