According to Dallas Historical Society Executive Director Karl Chiao,
The Dallas Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, collection, and exhibition of Dallas and Texas history to educate and inspire present and future generations. Formed in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is committed to preserving the history of the region and presenting it to the public in innovative and informative ways.
Offering educational programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events, the organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring, and instilling an appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas.
We endeavor to encourage historical inquiry and maintain the importance and relevance of history today. The stories of Dallas are shared each day at the Dallas Historical Society (DHS) through the three million items that comprise our archives and artifact collections. Our collection of archival material including historic photographs, directories of Dallas, diaries, journals, papers, periodicals, maps, and books is available for research. Housed at the Hall of State in Fair Park since 1938, Dallas Historical Society is visited each year, by more than 160,000 people and serves more than 20,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at school locations. Dallas Historical Society is essential for understanding the history of our shared past to inform and shape our community’s future.
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