Category Archives: notes from history

Our local theatre group is staging a performance of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. The play, like the movie, is set in Eighteenth Century Paris. We need books that would not only show us in detail what the fashions were like but also what life was like for the nobles of Paris in that time period. Can you help us?

The History and Social Sciences Division hosts the fashion collection and can provide costume ideas from all historical periods and places.  Perhaps illustrations from the following books will inspire you or you may stop by to browse our extensive collection. … Continue reading

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History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracy Theories of All Time by Brad Meltzer

In History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracy Theories of All Time, Brad Meltzer examines the following mysteries and more: John Wilkes Booth, the Confederacy’s gold, DB Cooper, the White-House cornerstone, the Spear of Destiny, DaVinci’s Code, the gold of Fort Knox, … Continue reading

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Every year, my friends and I enjoy going to the Texas / OU football game held at Cotton Bowl stadium in Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas. Do you have any information about the historic rivalry?

The football feud between the University of Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma University Sooners – known as the Red River Rivalry – has existed for over a century, first starting in 1900. The rivalry is well documented and the Texas/Dallas History Division has quite a lot of … Continue reading

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Lakewood Library 50th Annual Art Show

The Lakewood Library Friends recently hosted their 50th Annual Art show at the Lakewood Branch Library!  This annual event is a showcase of local artists and one of the highlights of the year at this east Dallas branch library.     The Texas/Dallas History … Continue reading

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My friend and I have a disagreement that came up after we watched the film “O Brother Where Art Thou?” In the film, the character of Pappy O’Daniel is an obnoxious blustering governor of Mississippi. I say the real Pappy O’Daniel was a Texas governor. Can you confirm that for me?

You are correct! Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel was the governor of Texas from January 1939 until August of 1941 when he became a United States Senator. Similar to the colorful character in the movie, the real Pappy O’Daniel made his … Continue reading

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