Dallas Historical Society presents Brown Bag Lecture: This Used to Be Dallas with Harry Hall
The Dallas Historical Society will present another Brown Bag Lecture, as Harry Hall discusses his book This Used to Be Dallas. Each page of the book challenges readers' view of the city around them. Hall uncovers the stories of perseverance, deliverance, tragedy, and past glory behind Dallas buildings that were once something else.
It might be a fallen dream, such as the remnants of a waterpark that briefly dazzled locals in the early 20th century; or a coffin supply company that once advertised services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s the hotel that was built only after the city yielded to the demands of a beer baron and the non-descript Oak Cliff home that once housed America’s greatest female athlete. What might your favorite Dallas buildings house in the future? Each structure has its own background, its own future, its own story. Explore your favorite Dallas spots with a new vision, or discover a surprising past just beyond the familiar walls of the fascinating places throughout the city.
Hall is the author of Help, Everyone is Staring at Me and the award-winning The Pedestriennes: America’s Forgotten Superstars. A long-time distance runner, much of his writing career has covered amateur/professional sports, from tennis exhibitions to the Olympic Track and Field Trials. He has lived in north Texas most of his life with his wife and family.
A mask is required to attend. Limited seating capacity to allow for social distancing.