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2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium Features Two Dynamic Speakers

Join us on Saturday, February 24th!   Sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society

There is a very special treat in store for Dallas Historical Society (DHS) members and all history enthusiasts on Saturday, February 24th at the 2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium sponsored by the DHS. The event features two dynamic speakers: Kolby Lanham, Senior Researcher and Historian at the Alamo speaking on Revolutions and the Weapons that Won Them and Thomas Ledesma, Researcher at the Alamo speaking on A Tussle over Tierra Incognita.

This entertaining and informative symposium begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Hall of State in Fair Park. Plus afterwards, go right next door to the interactive massive diorama of the Alamo, Texas Liberty Forever,  ( ) and use the iPads to hear the sounds of the battle, see close-up images and hear brief explanations of the different scenes. The app can also be downloaded to your own cell phone to experience this fabulous diorama.  The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. Light snacks and refreshments are available. CPE credit is available for educators.  What a fun Saturday!
Karl Chiao is the executive director of the Dallas Historical Society and Dr. Roy Washburn is board chair.
The 2024 Reed and Stanley Graff Texas History Symposium is funded by a donation from Dallas native Stan Graff with the goal of preserving the history of Texas by bringing educational and informative speakers to the Dallas Historical Society's Hall of State, and to invite participation by the general public in these free events.       
For more information, the public can contactthe office assistantat   or call 214-421-4500. Or visit the website at

The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educate and inform visitors about their home city and reveal insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to attain from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Thomas Feely.

Ongoing events include Brown Bag Lectures, An Evening With programs, and Pour Yourself Into History happy hours. 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 Celebrated 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

(Courtesy images.) (Photos of Karl Chiao by Danny Campbell.)

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