The 18th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at The Hall of State, Fair Park between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library is one of several proud sponsors of the conference, which examines the historical, socio-economic and cultural factors that influenced the Dallas area over the centuries as it developed into the modern Metroplex it is today. Researchers, archivists, and scholars are brought together to share their insights into local Dallas history with each other and the public.
This year’s theme is “Dallas Rediscovered,” and will include the following presentations:
- Carol Roark – “The Story of the Knights of Pythias Building”
- Mark Rice – “The Other Expo: The 1937 Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition”
- Nancy McCoy – “Dallas and the Drive-In”
- Linda East – “Thomas Stell’s Ceramic Murals for Texas Instruments”
A special feature at the conference, “Conversation with a History Maker: Lindalyn Adams,” will be conducted by Gary N. Smith.
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase items from conference vendors such as books on local history, and more. The Dallas History & Archives Division will have books on Texas history as well as photographic prints of selected images from our photograph collections.
The annual Legacies conference shares its mission with the biannual journal publication from which it was born: Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas. The journal, first published in 1989, is a joint venture between The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Heritage Village, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Past issues of Legacies can be viewed in digital form through The Portal to Texas History.
For those interested learning about topics presented at this year’s conference, the Dallas History & Archives Division has a variety of materials that may prove useful.
The Dallas History & Archives Division has a vertical clipping file of the Knights of Pythias Building as well as a Knights of Pythias manuscript collection (MA86.11), which contains records related to that organization. There are also related images in the Archives Division photograph collections.
Material related to the 1937 Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition includes several reference resources such as: Texas through 250,000,000 years : a story of oil and geology told by the geologic exhibits in Humble’s Hall of Texas History, the greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition, Dallas, Texas, 1937.
Another unique item from our collections is Pan American casino revue : program, presented by George Preston Marshall. This 1937 program includes information on music and dance staged by Chester Hale.
Resources on the drive-in movie theater phenomena and cinema can be found in our non-circulating reference book collection. Drive-in movie memories : popcorn and romance under the stars, by Don and Susan Sanders, provides a history of the drive-in movie theater in the United States.
The undated image at left, titled [Aerial view of drive-in theatre] by Squire Haskins, is from the Interstate Theatre Collection (MA77.1). It depicts a Dallas-Fort Worth area drive-in as seen from the air.
For those interested in the history of drive-in movie theaters in the context of Texas, Cinema Houston : from Nickelodeon to Megaplex, by David Welling ; foreword by Jack Valenti, focuses on the evolution of Houston’s movie theaters. Theater Row : Movie Palaces of Denison, Texas, by Billy Holcomb ; edited by Mavis Anne Bryant, focuses on the history of movie theaters in the town of Denison, Texas.
The history of Texas Instruments can be studied using a number of our resources, such as books like Engineering the World : Stories from the First 75 Years of Texas Instruments, by Caleb Pirtle, III, as well as photographs, vertical clipping files, and more.
To learn more about various murals in general, the Archives Division has a number of materials that may be of use. A prime example is The Texas Post Office Murals : Art for the People, by Philip Parisi, which is a reference book that addresses different murals found in post offices in Texas.
J. Erik Jonsson, one of Texas Instrument’s founders, became a Dallas mayor and is the namesake of the Central Library in downtown Dallas. The image at left, titled [J. Erik Jonsson with downtown Dallas in background], was taken by Ray Adler on March 4, 1971 and is part of the Dallas History & Archives Division’s Dallas Times Herald Collection (PA83.41).
For more information about the conference and to register, visit Dallas Heritage Village online, or contact Conference Coordinator Michael V. Hazel at 214-413-3665, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view reference books and other materials on topics such as these, visit us on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.