By Sharon Adams
Karl Chiao, executive director of the Dallas Historical Society (DHS), is honored to announce Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton as chairs of the Society’s Centennial Gala, celebrating 100 years as the preeminent repository for the collection, preservation and exhibition of the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas.
More than three million historical artifacts are housed at DHS, including such treasures as Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the Battle of San Jacinto, the only known original Juneteenth document, James Fannin’s watch, Santa Anna’s spurs and the newest addition, the interactive diorama Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo created by artist Tom Feely.
Slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, the gala takes place at the beautifully renovated Hall of State in Fair Park, where the DHS collection has been housed since 1938. The brief gala program will recognize the significant contributions of the Moody Foundation with the DHS Centennial Jubilee Award. The Foundation, since its inception 80 years ago, has awarded more than 4,900 grants totaling $2 billion towards the betterment of communities in our great State of Texas.
The gala evening will begin with a cocktail reception among the Dallas Historical Society exhibits, followed by a seated dinner in the Hall of State with a specially created menu designed by Wendy Krispin Catering, with florals and décor by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens.
Underwriting and sponsorship levels range from $10,000 up to $50,000. Individual tickets are $1,500 each. Sponsorship tickets for two are $5,000. All levels have different benefits. There will be a series of invitation-only pre-parties in celebration of longtime supporters, business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the Dallas Historical Society.
Each year the DHS is visited by more than 160,000 people and serves more than 20,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at schools. For more information, visit the website dallashistory.org.