Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past
Presented in conjuction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community. The series 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 this region.
- 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Central Library, Tandy Lecture Hall
March 7: Traveling the Bankhead Highway in Texas
Dan Smith, Author and Scholar
The first coast-to-coast route across the southern United States ran through Fort Worth. Bankhead Highway scholar Dan Smith will talk about the establishment of the road, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016, and ongoing efforts to document and preserve it. Though it goes by different names depending on the locale, Camp Bowie Boulevard for one, the route is dotted with the remains of gas stations, diners, and tourist stops from the past.
Dan Smith was active in preservation and historical circles in Florida before moving to Texas. Curiosity about a narrow country road in Parker County called “Bankhead Highway” inspired his most recent book, The Bankhead Highway in Texas: A Highway History and Guide to the Earliest Texas Route.
April 4: Aviation History of North Texas Since 1911
Bill Morris, Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Did you know that the first flight of a powered airplane in Fort Worth took place on January 12, 1911? Hear researcher Bill Morris explain how that moment sparked a 104-year transformation of the local economy. Once dominated by cattle and oil, North Texas is now one of the largest aviation centers in the country. Learn about the remarkable events in commercial and military aviation that happened right in our own backyard.
Bill Morris, a second-generation career Air Force officer, serves as a director for the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. He has completed two successful historical markers applications documenting aviation activities in Fort Worth as part of his extensive research. He regularly shares his expertise through public programs and classes at Tarrant County College.
May 2: How to Spot an Endangered Building
Jerre Tracy, Executive Director, Historic Fort Worth, Inc.
May is National Historic Preservation Month! Just days before Historic Fort Worth, Inc. releases its annual list of endangered properties, learn from expert Jerre Tracy how to do your part to identify at-risk buildings or neighborhoods. She will review previously listed historic places such as the Stockyards and residential areas near TCU and discuss the positive impact being named endangered can make.
Jerre Wilson Tracy, executive director of Historic Fort Worth, Inc., has served in the field of historic preservation for over 25 years. She and her projects have received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Texas, AIA Fort Worth, and the former Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County.
The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.
Updated 26 February 2015