Back in the early 1900s the city of Dallas was literally starting to take root. No longer the little village that owed its start to John Neely Bryant, it was showing full-fledged signs of being a bustling center of business and culture. Why, it even boasted of having the first “skyscraper” west of the Mississippi, a university called Southern Methodist University and Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium that would become Baylor Medical Center of Dallas. Newcomers like Herbert Marcus Sr. and his sister Carrie Marcus Neiman, Colonel Henry Exall and John Armstrong had seen promise in the city and bet on it being the place to make their dreams come true. Little did they know that the Dallas area one day would become the largest metropolitan area in the nation not on a navigable body of water.
It was in 1922 that city fathers and mothers decided that they wanted to preserve the history of Dallas for future generations to appreciate and from which to learn. They established what is known today as the Dallas Historical Society.
Over the decades the Society became a jewel box of memorabilia for the public to experience and researchers to study.
In celebration of its 100 years, it has just been announced that Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton will co-chair the Dallas Historical Society’s Centennial Celebration Gala on the evening of Saturday, November 12, at Fair Park’s Hall of State.
This event won’t be Kristen’s and Lisa’s first partnership in co-chairing. They co-chaired last year’s ReuNight for The Family Place.
More details are in the works, so stay tuned.