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Genealogy and Local History Program Videos

Complete videos of some of the programs offered in the library about different topics in genealogy and local history.

Commanche Nation: The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker

Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker are well-known figures from the frontier days of Texas and the West. Historians have written much about Comanche history, but there have been few public displays of the photographs and artifacts from this important period in American history.

From September 20 – December 15, 2012, the Central Library hosted an exhibit of artifacts and photographs as well as several programs and presentations about Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker.

Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past Program Videos

This series is a partnership with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that “every person is a historian,” and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of the region.

Programs for this series take place on the first Saturday of the months January - May and September - December at 10:30 a.m. in the Tandy Lecture Hall at the Central Library. Information on the next program is available here.

Fort Worth Genealogical Society Program Videos

Founded in 1957, the Fort Worth Genealogical Society is a non-profit, educational corporation created to foster and maintain interest in genealogy among citizens of Tarrant County, Texas and surrounding areas. The Society publishes and distributes genealogical and historical information to the public and assists the Fort Worth Library in the acquisition of genealogical and historical research material. Through monthly meetings and other activities, the Society encourages the exchange of ideas and helps its members to develop efficient methods for genealogical and historical research.

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society holds its monthly General Membership Meeting on the last Tuesday of each month at the Fort Worth Library at 6:30 p.m. in the Tandy Lecture Hall. During these meetings, speakers present informative programs about a variety of genealogy topics.

JFK in Fort Worth: A Lasting Impression

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death, the Fort Worth Library presented _ JFK in Fort Worth: A Lasting Impression , a special exhibit documenting Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, Lee Harvey Oswald’s connection to the city and the planning and design of the JFK Tribute. In conjunction with the exhibit, CBS 11 News anchor Tracy Kornet interviewed veteran journalist and host of _Face the Nation Bob Schieffer about the day the president was assassinated and how the tragedy continues to affect us today.

Local History Month: The Amazing Life and Legacy of William “Gooseneck” McDonald, Fort Worth’s First Black Millionaire

Bob Ray Sanders and Jan Jones examine the amazing life of McDonald, a banker of great influence in Texas during the late 19th century. A member of the “Black and Tan” faction, he was elected to the Republican Party of Texas’ state executive committee. In 1906, he founded Fort Worth’s first African-American-owned bank as an enterprise of the state Masons; under his management, the bank survived the Great Depression. Sanders’ journalism career has spanned three decades and three media: newspaper, television and radio. He is vice president /associate editor and a Metro columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the newspaper where he began his professional career. Jones is a fifth generation Texan and lifelong resident of Fort Worth. During a 31-year teaching career, she taught speech, theater and English in several Tarrant County high schools.

Local History Month: What’s so Special About Fort Worth’s History?

What’s happening in Fort Worth history? Dr. Richard Selcer provides an overview of current events and discusses features that make the city unique, such as the Historic Stockyards, Sundance Square development, Ripley Arnold statue and the city’s connection to John F. Kennedy. Dr. Selcer, a Fort Worth native, is the author of 10 books on Western and Civil War history. An educator with more than 40 years’ experience, he currently teaches at Weatherford College. Selcer received his doctorate from Texas Christian University.

Photograph Preservation and Restoration

Janine Smith, owner of Landailyn CPR (an award winning Fort Worth based photo restoration and historic research company), discusses various techniques to restore old photographs and preserve both old and new photographs for future generations. Ms. Smith honed her photo restoration skills restoring badly damaged photos as a volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair damaged photographs. She is an authority on the subject and has contributed courses to Lynda.com, a leading provider on online training. In addition, Ms. Smith has worked as a certified expert in Adobe Photoshop software.

The Day JFK Came to Town

A first-hand account of the events surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s historical visit to Fort Worth as told by Mike Howard, Special Investigator U. S. Secret Service, Ret.

Mike Howard was in Fort Worth protecting President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. He reflects on his service to the family of the President and to other families that followed.

The Swartz Brothers: Fort Worth’s First Family of Photographers

The Swartz brothers – David, John and Charles – were three Virginia farm boys who ventured west, arriving in Fort Worth in the mid-1880s. Over the next 30 years, they observed the city through the lens of a camera, snapping pictures of people, events and architecture – leaving a priceless legacy. They collectively produced thousands of photographs that were scattered to the four winds after their deaths.

Hundreds of those images have survived, although the brothers themselves are largely forgotten. The best-known photograph shows the five members of the “Wild Bunch” (aka, the “Fort Worth Five”) posed in John’s studio in 1900. It is the basis of the downtown development known as “Sundance Square.” The Brothers’ cumulative work provides a stunning visual chronicle of late 19th- and early 20th-century Fort Worth as well as a window into American life during that era.

Women’s History Month: Women in Fort Worth History

The Fort Worth Library and the Tarrant County Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) present local historian Ruth Karbach. Karbach discusses Fort Worth women who have contributed to the sciences, such as Dr. Carrie Gibson, a prominent dentist in Texas.

Last updated: Jan. 9, 2015