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Historical Commission

DALLAS COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION

The Dallas County Historical Commission, which consists of fifteen individuals appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court, serves as the County's primary advisory body on historic preservation matters.  Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historical resources of Dallas County for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of the County's residents.  It is responsible for providing the first level of review for State historical marker requests, and it typically conducts two-to-three special projects per year.  Staff support is provided by the County's Planning & Development department.

For more information about the County’s Historical Commission, please watch the following video or call (214) 653-7601.

2017-2019 HISTORICAL COMMISSION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 

To help guide its work during 2017-2019, the County's Historical Commission has adopted the following goals and objectives:                                                                                 

GOAL:  Raise awareness of both the Historical Commission and historic preservation within the County.                                                                                                           

  • Objective:  Publish a newsletter every quarter. 
  • Objective:  Expand and update newsletter mailing list. 
  • Objective:  Update and distribute informational brochure on local historical organizations.
  • Objective:  Invite representatives from other historical organizations to speak at Commission meetings.
  • Objective:  Identify local historical organizations where the appointment of a liaison would be beneficial.
  • Objective:  Develop a proposal for encouraging a historic film category at a local film festival.
  • Objective:  Develop a video for the Commission's website and social media on historic preservation and the Commission's role.
  • Objective:  Continue to review State historical marker applications.

GOAL:  Encourage the acknowledgment of history that has previously been under-recognized.

  • Objective:  Directly develop or encourage the development of marker applications for traditionally under-recognized subjects.
  • Objective:  Continue to administer and promote the County's program that funds under-recognized markers.
  • Objective:  Develop a paper on the La Bajada and Old North Dallas neighborhoods for the 2018 Dallas History Conference.
 

HISTORICAL COMMISSION  PROVIDING FUNDING FOR      UNDER-TOLD MARKERS

Because there are key aspects of Dallas County's history that remain unacknowledged and because the cost of obtaining a State marker can prevent many organizations and individuals from commemorating this history, the Dallas County Historical Commission is providing funding during the State's current marker application period for markers which address these under-told elements.

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HISTORICAL COMMISSION HAS ARTICLE ON DISAPPEARING NEIGHBORHOODS PUBLISHED 

An article about the Old North Dallas and La Bajada neighborhoods that was written by Historical Commission members Patricia Hicks and Juanita Nañez was recently published in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacies

The article discusses how, over time, transportation has affected these two historic ethnic neighborhoods (Old North Dallas began as a freedman’s community just north of downtown after the Civil War and La Bajada, an Hispanic neighborhood, came into existence during the 1920s-1940s at the western edge of the Continental Bridge).

Legacies is a journal that is exclusively devoted to the history of Dallas and North Central Texas.

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Mexican American Historical League

Information about this funding can be accessed through the link provided below and by calling Rick Loessberg, the County's Director of Planning & Development, at (214) 653-7601.  Applications for County funding must be provided electronically by November 1, 2018.

DALLAS COUNTY UNDER-TOLD HISTORY MARKER FUNDING PROGRAM

A copy of the article written on these two neighborhoods can be accessed through the link provided below.

THE IMPACT OF TRANSPORTATION ON HISTORIC ETHNIC NEIGHBORHOODS