Category Archives: history

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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I’ve recently learned that National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15. Does the Texas/Dallas Archives have any materials that I might look at related to Hispanic culture or history?

Whether you are interested in learning about your own heritage, or local history in general, the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library has numerous non-circulating resources that highlight the cultures that shaped Texas and the Dallas … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marco Polo, by Demi

In this children’s book entitled Marco Polo, Demi presents beautifully “gilded” illustrations and a captivating 50-page biography of Marco Polo’s 24 years of world travel and unbelievable adventure.   Polo begins his travels as a teenager, setting out with his … Continue reading

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