Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Exhibit Looks at How Aviation Changed Southlake

For more than 100 years, aviation has played a significant role in shaping North Texas. In Southlake, D/FW International Airport has had an impact on residents, businesses and the city.  From the 1950s into the ‘70s, 10 or so landing strips established in then-rural Southlake allowed pilots young and old to take to the skies in small planes.

All of those topics are explored in the exhibit “Taking Flight: How aviation changed North Texas and Southlake” at Southlake Town Hall July 7-Aug. 20 sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society. Large, colorful panels will chronicle area-wide businesses and events from 1911 into the 21st century.  Another display will tell the stories of Southlake’s airstrips (all gone but one).

The main exhibit will be in the lobby of Town Hall. Maps and artifacts about aviation from the Tarrant County Archives will be displayed in the Southlake Library.

Also planned is an opening reception 6:30-8 p.m., July 14, in the lobby of Town Hall; a paper airplane workshop for children 2 p.m., July 18, sponsored by the Southlake Public Library; and two panel discussions.

A panel discussion 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 1, will focus on local airstrips and feature participants with great stories to tell about their experiences building grass airstrips and flying small planes. Zena Rucker of Southlake, a longtime aviation booster, will be one of the panelists. Watch www.southlakehistory.org for the names of other panelists.

The second panel discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 15, explores the impact of D/FW International Airport on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents. The moderator will be John Terrell, an airport executive and former Southlake mayor.  Panelists will include Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake mayor and now Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Town Square developer Frank Bliss, and Greg Last, retired Southlake economic development director.

The reception and panel discussions are free, and everyone is welcome. The panel discussions will be held in the City Council Chambers; seating will be limited, so please arrive early.  For the paper airplane event, sign up in the library.  Town Hall is at 1200 Main St., Southlake.

The library will also feature a variety of books for all ages about flight.

Texas and Southlake” at Southlake Town Hall July 7-Aug. 20 sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society. Large, colorful panels will chronicle area-wide businesses and events from 1911 into the 21st century.  Another display will tell the stories of Southlake’s airstrips (all gone but one).

The main exhibit will be in the lobby of Town Hall. Maps and artifacts about aviation from the Tarrant County Archives will be displayed in the Southlake Library.

Also planned is an opening reception 6:30-8 p.m., July 14, in the lobby of Town Hall; a paper airplane workshop for children 2 p.m., July 18, sponsored by the Southlake Public Library; and two panel discussions.

A panel discussion 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 1, will focus on local airstrips and feature participants with great stories to tell about their experiences building grass airstrips and flying small planes. Zena Rucker of Southlake, a longtime aviation booster, will be one of the panelists. Watch www.southlakehistory.org for the names of other panelists.

The second panel discussion, 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 15, explores the impact of D/FW International Airport on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents. The moderator will be John Terrell, an airport executive and former Southlake mayor.  Panelists will include Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake mayor and now Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Town Square developer Frank Bliss, and Greg Last, retired Southlake economic development director.

The reception and panel discussions are free, and everyone is welcome. The panel discussions will be held in the City Council Chambers; seating will be limited, so please arrive early.  For the paper airplane event, sign up in the library.  Town Hall is at 1200 Main St., Southlake.

The library will also feature a variety of books for all ages about flight.

Times for the exhibit will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.