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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.

2019-2021 HISTORICAL COMMISSION MISSION STATEMENT, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES 

To help guide its work during 2019-2021, the County's Historical Commission has adopted the following mission statement, goals, and objectives:                                                                   

MISSION STATEMENT:    The mission of the Dallas County Historical Commission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic resources of Dallas County for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of its residents and for the enhancement of the area's quality of life.

To accomplish this mission, the Historical Commission will encourage and assist in the development of State historical markers, advise the Dallas County Commissioners Court on historical matters, communicate and work with other local historical organizations, and make the history of Dallas County accessible to the public through such activities as the Commission's website, the regular publication of an electronic newsletter, and the sponsorship and the holding of conferences and special events.          

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

  • Objective:  Publish a newsletter every quarter and increase its circulation. 
  • Objective: Regularly attend the meetings of other local historical organizations and provide updates to the Commission.
  • Objective:  Develop a slogan and a high-resolution logo for the Commission.
  • Objective:  Utilize social media to publicize historic preservation and the Commission's activities.
  • Objective:   Continue to sponsor annual Dallas history conference and the best historic film award at Dallas International Film Festival.
  • Objective:  Schedule and conduct a major event with other local historic preservation organizations.
  • Objective:  Continue to review State historical marker applications.

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

  • Objective:  Increase the number of applications to Commission's under-told marker funding program and develop a new name for the program.
 

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.

Originally operated for two years on a pilot basis, the program was permanently authorized in 2018.

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 typically must be provided electronically by the beginning of November of each year.  A definitive schedule is developed annually in August.

DALLAS COUNTY UNDER-TOLD HISTORY MARKER FUNDING PROGRAM

HISTORICAL COMMISSION 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.

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

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Mexican American Historical League

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