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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjunction 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.

Rare Book

Sept. 9: My Corner Bookstore

Presented by: Dr. Alex Hidalgo, Assistant Professor of History, TCU

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Alex Hidalgo, examines the work of a rare book dealer in Fort Worth who specializes in early publications on the Americas. Hidalgo will explain the importance of preserving the legacy of Spanish American printing and the history of collecting these unique specimens. Book lovers and history fans alike will want to seize the opportunity to hear this special program and to see remarkable examples of books from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Dr. Alex Hidalgo is a graduate of the University of Arizona. In 2013, he became Assistant Professor of Latin American History at TCU. He specializes in Mesoamerican ethnohistory, manuscript and print culture, history of collecting, and the history of cartography.

Troy Aikman

Oct. 7: Building the Dallas Cowboys Archives

Presented by: Jonathan Thorn, Archivist, Dallas Cowboys Football Club

When the Dallas Cowboys planned their move from Valley Ranch to their new headquarters at The Star in Frisco, they also arranged to preserve their history. Join us as the first team archivist, Jonathan Thorn, shares his exciting work to organize and document all things Dallas Cowboys -- past and present. Don't miss this inside look at the origins of the collection and the treasures it holds including uniforms and game balls, millions of photographs and documents, hundreds of miles of film, and yes, even one of Tom Landry's hats.

Jonathan Thorn currently serves as the Dallas Cowboys first archivist. Formerly, he was the Global Corporate Archivist for the Campbell Soup Company in Camden, New Jersey, and has extensive experience preserving audio and video collections at Safe Sound Archive in Philadelphia and at the University of North Texas Music Library in Denton.

Summer of Love Music Festival Poster

Nov. 4: Fort Worth and the "Summer of Love," 1967 - 1972

Presented by: Harry Max Hill, Independent Scholar

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Summer of Love," local historian Harry Max Hill discusses the spread of the youth counterculture phenomenon from its epicenter in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco to Fort Worth. Although the trend appeared more slowly here than in other parts of the country, the city's clubs featured local musicians and touring acts influenced by the movement. Hill will highlight groovy venues like the Cellar and concerts held in the Fort Worth area including the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville.

Speaker Max Hill retired as assistant manager of the Genealogy & Local History Unit of the Fort Worth Library in 2005 after almost 29 years of service. Today, he researches the history of local golf courses, nightclubs and movie censorship among other interests.

William Clark's Mansion

Dec. 2: The Murder of William Clark

Presented by: Rene Gomez, Senior Librarian, Fort Worth Library

In an opulent Park Hill neighborhood mansion in the spring of 1953, police discovered wealthy oilman William Clark's body sprawled across a bedroom floor, and at first thought they had a suicide on their hands. Instead, Clark's death touched off a bizarre investigation involving a murder-for-hire plot, connections to the criminal underworld of the infamous Jacksboro Highway, and two subsequent killings. Let the library's own Rene Gomez lead you through all the twists and turns in this sensational case that resulted in one of the longest trials in Fort Worth history.

A native of Fort Worth, Gomez is a unit supervisor in the Genealogy, Archives and Local History unit of the Fort Worth Library. He holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and has been with the library since 2001.

AddRan College of Liberal Arts - Center for Texas Studies Logo

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.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2017