• Lecture - John Neely Bryan: The Founder of Dallas

    The Hall of State

    Author Events and Book Signings (http://www.dallashistory.org/programs/author-eventsbook-signings/) John Neely Bryan: The Founder of Dallas by: Steven R. Butler Where: Hall of State in Fair Park, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210 We will meet at Pizza Lounge (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pizza+Lounge/@32.7826192,-96.7665551,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xfa9c291fcd8bed4b!8m2!3d32.782069!4d-96.766598)right across the street from the Fair Park DART Station at 5:30. (Exposition and Parry) From there we will walk over to Hall of State. Park on Exposition or Commerce for free. When: March 30, 2017 Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM Cost: Free Event! Schedule of events: 6 p.m.- Doors open 6:30 p.m. – Presentation Book signing to follow Join the Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Heritage Village, (https://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/) The Old Red Museum (http://www.oldred.org/) and Preservation Dallas (http://www.preservationdallas.org/)for a special book event! John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas is not only the story of the founding father of one of America’s largest cities but also the story of the individuals, largely journalists, who wrote about Bryan in the past. Drawing both on their work and his own original research, Butler has managed to produce a scholarly but readable narrative that forms the most complete picture of the enigmatic Dallas founder that’s been published to date. For more information, Click Here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-neely-bryan-father-of-dallas-book-eventsigning-tickets-31693546250) Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event. DHS programs sponsored in part by: City of Dallas-Office of Cultural Affairs (http://www.dallasculture.org/) To become a DHS member, click here (http://www.dallashistory.org/product-category/membership/#!/).

  • Downtown Christmas Light Walking Tour/ Heritage Village Candlelight Festival

    This is a joint event with Dallas Wildlife- https://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/events/235736959/ This is a 2 part event. We will meet at Main Street Garden at 3. AT 3:30 we will walk over to Heritage Village for the Christmas Candlelight event. After the event we will walk back over to downtown to resume the walking tour. I will poll the group to see when everyone wants to go. It probably will be around 7. If you have never been Downtown during Christmas season you may be amazed at just how beautiful the decorations are. And Heritage Village really give you a great sense of how Christmas used to be. There will be about 5 miles of walking over the entire event so please be prepared for that. For 45 years, Candlelight has been a tradition among families. With 13 acres of decorated buildings, flickering candles lining the paths, strolling carolers, carriage rides, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all. December 10th - 11th 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Delicious holiday treats “Timeless Trains” exhibit in Depot A photo with St. Nicholas in the Depot Strolling carolers, local dancers, choirs and other entertainers Historic buildings dressed in traditional holiday decorations from 1840 to 1910 Interpreters in traditional costume throughout the museum bringing history to life Hayrides along candlelit paths pulled by an antique tractor Gate prices are: Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Children (4-12 years old): $8; Children under 4: Free Advanced tickets (Purchase by December 8th): Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Children (4-12 years old): $6; Children under 4: Free Purchase discounted tickets starting November 1st! http://dallasheritagevillage.blueervay.com/

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  • Find a Grave Community Days from Ancestry.com

    Crown Hill and Calvary Hill cemetaries, Dallas

    Hi there! My name is Cheri - I just joined this group about 6 weeks ago and contacted the founder of the group as to why no meetups were happening. So he made me a co-organizer in hopes that we could get this group going again. If you're a member of Ancestry.com as I am, you have probably seen that this weekend is "Find-A-Grave Community Days" where they are asking genealogy volunteers to find cemeteries on their community that have outstanding headstone photo requests and use this weekend to mobilize and go to these places to take photos. I thought this would be a great way to start up this group again. We could narrow down to a total of say 5 cemeteries and divide up the requests at each place. Since it's all weekend, we could pick a 3 hour block on Saturday and a 3 hour block on Sunday so more folks would have a chance to participate. Please go to this link and find out more: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/find-a-grave-community-day?o_xid=73663&o_lid=73663&o_sch=Social We could take a poll of those interested in going as to where you live so we can do these as centrally as possible. Since I'm new to this group too, and I've never organized a meet up, please help me out with this! Anyone who would like to suggest a good way to do this, please do! Thanks! Cheri

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  • Downtown Night Walking History Tour and Trolley Ride Uptown

    Old Red Museum of Dallas County

    Join us for a walking tour of downtown Dallas followed by a trolley ride uptown. This is a very long, casual walking tour where we will stop at numerous points of interest along the way. It will take between 2 1/2 to 3 hours total. The distance is between 3 1/2 to 4 miles. Meet behind Old Red at 7. We will start walking around 7:30-7:45. No dogs are allowed on this tour. The trolley is too crowded for dogs during this time. This tour is spectacular at night. I have done this walk for 5 or 6 years now and am impressed with the development I have seen downtown. Following are some of the points of interest you will see along the way: (Click on a link for more details) Old Red Courthouse (http://www.oldred.org/)/JFK Memorial Plaza (http://www.jfk.org/go/about/history-of-the-john-f-kennedy-memorial-plaza) Union Station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Dallas%29) Ferris Plaza Park (https://foursquare.com/v/ferris-plaza/4d9f842149afb60c0ecb9f8d) Lubben Plaza Park (http://dallas.about.com/od/neighborhoods/ss/DowntownCityHal_2.htm) Pioneer Plaza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Plaza)/Pioneer Cemetery (http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Epioneerparkcem/) Dallas City Hall Plaza (https://www.google.com/search?q=dallas+city+hall+plaza&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Y4p3U6amGsWVqAaw4IDIDQ&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Magnolia Hotel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_Hotel_%28Dallas,_Texas%29) /Pegasus (https://www.google.com/search?q=pegasus+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HYt3U9T1A5OKqAa_wICYBA&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Golden Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication) Main Street Garden Park (https://www.google.com/search?q=main+street+garden+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=T4t3U7aBIIKSqAb5m4L4CA&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Thanksgiving Plaza (http://www.thanksgiving.org/) The Arts District (http://www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/district) Clyde Warren Park (http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/) Uptown Trolley (http://www.mata.org/) Pro Tips: Parking is easy. Just park next to a meter anywhere near the Old Red Courthouse for free. Have a good late lunch or early dinner. You may want to bring some snacks. This is a long walk so you will need energy. Wear good walking shoes. Consider the length of the walk. The pace is not fast but it is a very long walk. Be prepared to stop at points of interest along the way. We may end up hanging at certain spots for a while if the vibe is good. If you want to go off on your own at any time that's ok. Photos: There are some good photo ops so please bring your good camera if you are a photog type. Here are some shots from previous outings..... http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/8953442/#[masked] http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/12293472/#[masked] http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/6743472/ Here is a pretty good map and article about walking downtown from National Geographic: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/dallas-walking-tour-2/

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  • Downtown Dallas History Night Walking Tour and Trolley Ride

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    Join us for a walking tour of downtown Dallas followed by a trolley ride uptown. This is a very long, casual walking tour where we will stop at numerous points of interest along the way. It will take between 2 1/2 to 3 hours total. The distance is between 3 1/2 to 4 miles. Meet behind Old Red at 7. We will start walking around 7:15-7:30. This tour is spectacular at night. I have done this walk for 5 or 6 years now and am impressed with the development I have seen downtown. Following are some of the points of interest you will see along the way: (Click on a link for more details) Old Red Courthouse (http://www.oldred.org/)/JFK Memorial Plaza (http://www.jfk.org/go/about/history-of-the-john-f-kennedy-memorial-plaza) Union Station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Dallas%29) Ferris Plaza Park (https://foursquare.com/v/ferris-plaza/4d9f842149afb60c0ecb9f8d) Lubben Plaza Park (http://dallas.about.com/od/neighborhoods/ss/DowntownCityHal_2.htm) Pioneer Plaza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Plaza)/Pioneer Cemetery (http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pioneerparkcem/) Dallas City Hall Plaza (https://www.google.com/search?q=dallas+city+hall+plaza&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Y4p3U6amGsWVqAaw4IDIDQ&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Magnolia Hotel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_Hotel_%28Dallas,_Texas%29) /Pegasus (https://www.google.com/search?q=pegasus+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HYt3U9T1A5OKqAa_wICYBA&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Golden Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication) Main Street Garden Park (https://www.google.com/search?q=main+street+garden+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=T4t3U7aBIIKSqAb5m4L4CA&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649) Thanksgiving Plaza (http://www.thanksgiving.org/) The Arts District (http://www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/district) Clyde Warren Park (http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/) Uptown Trolley (http://www.mata.org/) Pro Tips: Parking is easy. Just park next to a meter anywhere near the Old Red Courthouse for free. Have a good late lunch or early dinner. You may want to bring some snacks. This is a long walk so you will need energy. Wear good walking shoes. Consider the length of the walk. The pace is not fast but it is a very long walk. Be prepared to stop at points of interest along the way. We may end up hanging at certain spots for a while if the vibe is good. If you want to go off on your own at any time that's ok. Dogs are welcomed on this tour. The trolley even allows you to bring Fido on the trolley cars. Just bring water, treats and poop bags. Photos: There are some good photo ops so please bring your good camera if you are a photog type. Here are some shots from previous outings..... http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/8953442/#[masked] http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/12293472/#[masked] http://www.meetup.com/DallasWildlife/photos/6743472/ Here is a pretty good map and article about walking downtown from National Geographic: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/dallas-walking-tour-2/

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  • Historic Dallas Heritage Village and Bluegrass Competition

    Dallas Heritage Village

    Let's check out the Historic Heritage Village between 1:30-4 followed by a Bluegrass competition. http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/VisitorInformation.aspx Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the 4PM music part of the event. The guided tour begins a 1:30. Admission to the village is $9. It looks like the concert is an additional $12 if you want to stay for that part. Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation proudly present the Front Porch Showdown! Performing from historic Millermore’s front porch, ten bluegrass bands will compete for cash prizes—and the winners will be chosen by the audience. Come early to explore Dallas Heritage Village (exhibit buildings close at 4pm), but stay for the music. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. *The Showdown begins at 4pm. Every ticket purchaser will have a ballot. *Sergeant Peppers' Lonely Bluegrass Band will take the stage at 7:15pm. Proceeds benefit Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/Event_Detail.aspx?EID=671

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  • Get together for the group to meet

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    I'm a new member and I didn't see any upcoming meetups so I thought I'd suggest one. Maybe we could all meet for coffee or something. I wanted to judge the interest. I'm open to dates and times. Check out the details here: http://www.meetup.com/ancestry-59/events/177976962/

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  • Ancestry and History Masters Meetup at Half Price Books/NW Hwy

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    This will be the groups first meeting. Let's get to know each other and learn what we want to get out of this and do some brain storming. Bring your laptop to access Ancestry.com. If you do not have an account go on the site and set up a free account. The membership fee is worth it to me and they also have a program called Family Tree Maker you can install on your computer to help do your research. After meeting in the coffee shop around 6:45-7:00 we will move to a good spot in the store to hang out. To start off I would like everyone to tell their story and what they want to find out. If you have never done genelogical or historical research it can be fun and addictive. Sometimes others can help you along which is why this group can be a great asset. Also, not a lot of people I know are as interested in history as I so it will be nice to share that with people of like mind. We can then go online to look at some trees and build some also. We may have to go online to bird dog some info that ancestry's collections lack. There may be some books at the store that has clues in them as well. Another thing you may want to do is scan your old photos and put them online. This will allow you to share them with friends and family which is helpful if you need assistance identifying them. Then you can add them to your family tree on ancestry.com. It's also an easy way to share them with others. I used minus.com for some of mine. I like it ok except for the fact that you can't see the tag on the photos until you click on them. The 7th one down on the left is me at 2 years old. I haven't changed that much. LOL!! : http://rexbailey.minus.com/ If you cannot get there by 6:30 no worries. I plan on staying until around 8:30 so come when you can.

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  • Downtown Walking Tour/Big D NYE Party at Victory Park

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    Downtown Walking Tour followed by The Big D NYE Party at Victory Park This will be a great opportunity to see Dallas at it's finest and attend the biggest party in Texas to bring in the New Year. http://bigdnye.com/ We will meet at the Kennedy memorial behind Old Red at 8:45. We start walking at 9 sharp. We will walk and do some site seeing for about 2-2 1/2 hours ending up at Victory Park around 11:15. This is a relatively long walk and the party afterward will require a lot of standing so make sure you are up to it. Please note that this walk does include numerous stops so you can sit and rest during these stops. If you want to just blast through the walk then this may not be for you. Stopping to take in the sites and history of Dallas is the best part of this event. Here are a few photos from a previous event: http://www.meetup.com/dallas-wildlife-hiking-singles-couples/photos/12293472/#[masked] Some points of Interest along the way will be: Dealey Plaza Union Station Ferris Plaza Park Lubben Plaza Park Omni Dallas Pioneer Plaza Founders Cemetery City Hall Plaza Neiman Marcus Christmas Windows Main Street Garden Park Clyde Warren Park If you do not want to walk or walk too far you can make arrangements to rendezvous with the group at some point along the way or at the party. -Parking is easy and free. Just park near the Kennedy Memorial. After the party it is a short walk back to your car. -What to bring: Good walking shoes Warm clothing including a scarf and gloves Water The desire to have fun Rules for the party. **PLEASE READ**: http://bigdnye.com/rules/

  • Ancestry Meetup at Half Price Books

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