Texas teachers: 9th Legacies Dallas History Conference, January 26

You’re not registered yet?

Students learn history best when it affects them directly, or when they can see the stuff close up. The Legacies Dallas History Conferences focus on history in and around Dallas, Texas. This is prime material for Texas and Dallas history, economics and government classes.

The 9th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference is set for next Saturday, January 26, in the half-day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m: “Dallas Goes to War: Life on the Homefront.” $40 for nine presentations — or $100 brings an invitation to schmooze with the presenters on Friday night, before the conference. The conference will be at the Hall of State at Fair Park. The conference was assembled by Dr. Michael V. Hazel.

If you’re teaching at a high school or middle school in the Dallas area, print this off for every social studies and English teacher at your school, and pass it out to them Tuesday (or Monday if you’re open then).

Nancy Harkness Love and Betty Huyler Gillies, first women to fly B-17, during WWII

Many of the conference presentations roll down that alley of a topic most Texas students need more of, the events around World War II. One session dives into Vietnam, one goes back to the Civil War, and World War I is remembered.

Bob Reitz, the public historian who curates the amazing Jack Harbin Museum of Scout History at Dallas’s Camp Wisdom, alerted me to the conference with a plug to his colleague’s presentation. Anita Mills-Barry will present her paper, “Homefront Scouting During World War II: Participation by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Civilian Effort in Dallas County.”

A copy of the web invitation to the conference below the fold.

9th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference

Dallas Goes to War: Life on the Homefront

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Event Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

LOCATION: Hall of State at Fair Park


When the Home Front Was the Frontier: Dallas County and the Civil War
by Elizabeth York Enstam

“Over Here:” World War I Pilot Training at Love Field
by Erik D.Carlson

A Larger Housekeeping: Dallas Women During World War I
by Melissa Prycer

The Dallas Express and the Double V Campaign
by Guy C.Vanderpool

Mustangs Go to War: SMU Campus Life During World War II
by Pamalla Anderson

From Family Showplace to Teeming Apartment House: The World War II Housing Shortage and the Redefinition of East Dallas Homes
by Evelyn Montgomery

Women Pilots of the Ferry Command: WAFs and WASPs at Love Field
by Sarah Byrn Rickman

Homefront Scouting During World War II: Participation by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Civilian Effort in Dallas County
by Anita Mills-Barry

Reverend McElvaney’s Unjust War:Vietnam
by Stephen Fagin


Q: When can I register?

A: You can register for the conference TODAY by printing the Registration Form and faxing to 214-428-6351. To be added to the mailing list or for more information, contact Conference Coordinator Dr. Michael V. Hazel at 214-413-3665 or email: mvhazel@sbcglobal.net.

Q: What is the registration fee?

A: $30 for general admission. A late fee of $10 will be applied to all registrations received after January 18. Patron level registration is available for $100 which includes an invitation to a reception with the speakers the evening before the conference.

Q: Will I receive tickets in the mail?

A: No, we will not be mailing out tickets. Simply check in at the registration table on January 26 at the Hall of State at Fair Park.

Q: What is included in the registration fee?

A: Nine lectures by some of the most knowledgeable historians in the area and morning refreshments.

A .pdf of the program is here.

One Response to Texas teachers: 9th Legacies Dallas History Conference, January 26

  1. bernarda says:

    – I would like to mention another division of women who had a major effect in WWII, Army nurses. This touches me because I had an aunt who was one of them. She went to Europe following D-Day. Can you imagine a 20 something young woman from a small Mid-Western town dealing daily with the casualties of war in far away countries?



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