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The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House Presented by Pegasus Bank

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2023


Karl Chiao, executive director of the Dallas Historical Society (DHS), is honored to announce Pegasus Bank as presenting sponsor and Louise Phinney Caldwell as honorary chair of the Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House Celebrating 100 Years of Preserving the Great Heritage and Future of Dallas Honoring Dallas History Makers: Past, Present and Future happening on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Doors open and registration begins at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m. Remarks and Celebratory Toast at 5:00 p.m.  The event is open to the public with tickets purchased ahead of time and happens at the Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX  75210. 

The reception will feature remarks and a celebratory champagne toast in the Great Hall surrounded by the beautiful architecture and art created for the Texas Centennial in 1936, as well as a specially curated exhibit from the DHS’ collection of more than three million rare artifacts, including the new interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama.
There will also be wine, beer, mixed beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres. Open seating. At the Alamo interactive exhibit, DHS education director and curator will be available to answer questions. A representative from the restoration company will be in attendance to share details about the restoration to those who would like to hear more. There will be “historical figures” mingling for photo opportunities. 

Dr. Roy Washburn is DHS board chair.  Host committee members are Mary Brinegar, Shannon Callewart, Lareatha Clay, Josiah Daniel, Veletta Forsythe Lill, Stacey McCord, Jacob Navarrete, Laura Roosevelt, Mary Suhm, Dr. Roy Washburn, Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Witte, Robert Witte, Laura Woodall.              

Tickets are $100 each. Donations of $100 to Honor a History Maker In Your Life are also available. The honoree will be named in all printed and digital material. Tickets and donations can be made via the website here:

Contact for more information: Michelle Meadows, Director of Development. or call 214-421-4500

Upcoming Events: April 23, 2023: Klyde Warren Park Family Day Presented by Pegasus Bank: A fun-filled family day held at history making Klyde Warren Park. 

The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educates and informs visitors about their home city and reveals insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to grasp from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit. Ongoing events include brown bag lectures, Evening With programs, and the Deep Vellum series along with the very special exhibit honoring Texas’ independence, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Tom Feely. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at

The Dallas Historical Society: Celebrating Its Centennial Year In 2022

The stories of Dallas are shared each day at the Dallas Historical Society through the three million items that comprise our archives and artifact collections. Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society collects, preserves, and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations.

Housed at the Hall of State in Fair Park since 1938, DHS presents these collections through education programs, exhibitions, tours, access to research materials and workshops. 

Among the three million historical artifacts at DHS are such treasures as Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the Battle of San Jacinto, the only known original Juneteenth document, James Fannin’s watch, and Santa Anna’s spurs. The DHS collection houses over 10,000 bound volumes and receives more than 1,500 research requests annually.

Each year, the Dallas Historical Society is visited by over 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 schools. Visit the website for more information at

 Photo of Karl Chiao, Executive Director, Dallas Historical Society, by Danny Campbell. 

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