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Mike Higgins, Tracey McClain, Tracy Daugherty, featured author

As part of the benefits of membership in the Dallas Historical Society’s (DHS) newest membership group, The Director’s Inner Circle,       the Author’s Table Dinners invites members to enjoy intimate dinner parties featuring bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize nominees.  These gatherings provide a platform for engaging conversations about their latest works.
This Author’s Table Dinner was hosted by Elaine and Karl Chiao, DHS executive director, in their east Dallas home and featured Tracy Daugherty, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Love Song and featured his latest book titled Larry McMurtry: A Life.
It was a perfect cool spring evening as members gathered for a reception while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres and chatted with Tracy, along with Mike Higgins, season sponsor, and Tracey McClain, Talmage Boston, Diane and Harold Byrd, David Calhoun, Nancy Shelton and more.
As dinner was served, Karl began the conversation and guests talked with Tracy in a delightful exchange about his new book, research and experiences. Afterwards, Tracy signed copies for guests.
Comprised of its esteemed founding members, former Fellows of the Dallas Historical Society, The Director’s Inner Circle is designed to engage a vibrant community of proactive individuals passionate about history. This exclusive membership offers exciting and unique programming opportunities. Members of The Director’s Inner Circle will have access to a variety of behind-the-scenes events and intimate gatherings, such as this dinner.
For more information, the public can contact the office assistant at   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     


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