Category Archives: history

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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I heard that several streets around Dealey Plaza were closed off for a period of time this month as part of some films related to JFK. Could you tell me more about the films they were making? Also, where can I find resources about the JFK assassination?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is perhaps one of the most well-known presidents in United States history.  His life and legacy are also forever linked with the history of Dallas, as it was here that he was assassinated at 12:30 p.m., while … Continue reading

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