Volume 1, Number 8   Issued September 2008 

Lives of the Presidents Lecture and Exhibit

On September 16, 2008, the Dallas Heritage Village and the Dallas Public Library will sponsor a talk for the Chautauqua Lecture Series. Presidential historian Paul F. Boller, Jr., will entertain and enlighten with stories from his book Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

   Dual Exhibits!

Accompanying the lecture are two exhibits at each sponsor location. At the Dallas Heritage Village, you can see the "The People Choose: 1860 and 1900," and at the Texas/Dallas History & Archives you can visit "The People Choose: 1936, 1952, and 1964." The two exhibits explore the campaigns and elections of Presidents Abraham Lincoln (1860), William McKinley (1900), Franklin Roosevelt (1936), Dwight D Eisenhower 1952), and Lyndon Johnson (1964). The exhibits will be on display through November 30.

   Lecture Time and Place

Time: September 16, 2008, and 7 p.m.
Place: Dallas Central Library (1515 Young Street), 7th Floor
Admission*: $7 General Admission
     $2 Dallas Heritage Village Members
     $2 Friends of the Library
* Admission includes parking, garage entrance on Wood Street. Tickets may be purchased online through the Dallas Heritage Village. For more information, please call 214-413-3674.

Guess the Number of Bush Books Contest!

Texas/Dallas History & Archives has hundreds of books concerning the presidency of "W" in our collections, and we've stacked a large pile of them in a display case as a contest for you. Come in and guess the number of books in the case and win a prize . . . a framed photograph of the president wearing his "Favorite Son" tee shirt!

The contest opens on September 16 and runs to closing time on November 30, 2008. One entry per person. Please see the full contest rules when you come in to make your guess!

Postcards: An Unexpected Source of Dallas History

The Dallas Metroplex Postcard Club will have a special meeting at the Dallas Public Library on Saturday, October 11. George Cook, noted Dallas postcard collector and historian, will talk about the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division's Tom Peeler Postcard Collection, which contains many unusual and rare Dallas views. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1515 Young Street, in the Old Fine Books Reading Room at the east end of the floor. Postcards from the collection will be on display during the meeting. Follow this link for directions to the library.

New Searchable Maps Database

Previously, if a patron wanted to find out what maps we had at the Texas/Dallas History & Archives, they had to stop by the reference desk to look through a large printed binder. For some time, we have been looking for a way to add a searchable database to our website, but our systems prevented us from adding something we felt was adequate.

Recent changes are allowing us to make a few changes that were impossible before. One of the first ways we are taking advantage of the opportunity is this new maps catalog. If you would like to try it out for yourself, then please follow this link!

Note: The Murphy and Bolanz maps and plats will remain available as a separate collection.

Name Your Dallas Streets

As almost anyone who lives in Dallas knows, a recent hot topic has been the proposed renaming of Industrial Boulevard and other streets. This has prompted numerous questions about the history local streets. If you would like to learn a little more about Columbia, Industrial, Ross, and Young streets came by their current names, visit our "Signposts and History: Dallas Street Name Changes" page!

Manuscript Finding Aids

To improve access to our manuscript collections, we are translating our finding guides into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format and posting them on the Texas/Dallas website’s manuscripts and archives page. EAD guides created recently are: