Friday, February 23, 2024

The Southlake Historical Society Presents: Quanah Parker Exhibit, One Man, Two Worlds

More than 40 rarely seen photos that illustrate the dramatic story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her Comanche son Quanah will be on display from Saturday, July 9, through Saturday, August 20, in the lobby of Southlake Town Hall in the Quanah Parker Exhibit, One Man, Two Worlds.

Quanah’s great-great-grandson Lance Tahmahkera will share the family stories he was told about Cynthia Ann and Quanah and display family artifacts at the reception on Sunday, July 24, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Cynthia Ann Parker was captured at age nine by the Comanche and lived with them for 24 years before being recaptured by the Texas Rangers and returned to the Parker family.

“Southlake’s link to Cynthia Ann is Malinda Frost Dwight Hill, a survivor of the 1836 attack on Parker’s Fort,” said historical society president Connie Cooley. “Malinda died in 1870 and is buried in Lonesome Dove Cemetery in Southlake.”

She noted that Malinda’s escape from the fort with her baby, mother, husband, and others is chronicled on pages 16-18 of Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.

The exhibit, which is making its way around Texas, is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Lakes Trail region and presented in Southlake by the Southlake Historical Society,

Southlake Town Hall is located at 1400 Main Street. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday. The reception is free and open to the public.

Southlake Town Hall to Host Photography Exhibit featuring Beatriz Terrazas

Nature’s Journey Great and Small, an art exhibit by Beatriz Terrazas is set to be on display and free to the public in Southlake Town Hall this September

An exhibit reception will take place Friday, September 9 in Southlake Town Hall from 6:30-8:00 PM. Come enjoy Beatriz Terrazas’ wonderful work and a night of photography.

About the Artist:
Beatriz Terrazas, a Southlake resident, is a Texas Pulitzer Prize photographer, writer and video producer. A Texas native, Terrazas started her career as a photojournalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started writing while working at The Dallas Morning News. She now serves as a writer, producer, still photographer and coordinator for video with JMD Multimedia, a video business she owns with her husband, John Doty.

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Exhibit Looks at How Aviation Changed Southlake

For more than 100 years aviation has played a significant role in shaping North Texas. From the 1950s, 12 or more landing strips, most of them grass, allowed pilots young and old to take to the skies over then-rural Southlake.

In the 1960s, Ted and Eleanor Kasper built the Lazy K Acres airfield on their 50 acres. Today, Carrol High School sits on the site.

Since 1964 when the U.S. Civil Aeronautical Board ordered Dallas and Fort Worth city leaders to come up with an agreed upon location for a joint airport, Dallas Fort Worth Regional Airport (today’s D/FW International Airport) has had an impact on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents.

Those topics will be explored August 15 in a panel discussion that’s part of the exhibit “Taking Flight: How aviation changed North Texas and Southlake” on display in Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main Street, through Aug. 20.

The exhibit features colorful panels on loan from the Tarrant County Archives that chronicle area-wide aviation events from 1911 into the 21st century. Other panels tell the story of Southlake families and their grass airstrips, popular from 1950s through the 1990s.

Honorary co-chairs are Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake Mayor John Terrell, and longtime Southlake resident and private pilot Zena Rucker.

The Main exhibit is in the lobby of Town hall. Photographs, maps and aviator memorabilia from the Tarrant County Archives are being displayed with the main exhibit as well as in the Southlake Library, on the first floor of Town Hall.

An opening reception and a paper airplane event for children have been held.

A panel discussion on Aug. 1 will focus on the grass airstrips in Southlake and feature stories about a time when it was commonplace to see small airplanes flying around the area. Panelists will include Zena Rucker and her son Dooley Rucker; Kathy Kasper Frank, whose parents owned the Lazy K airstrip where Carroll High School is now; and commercial airline pilots Steve White and David “Rusty” Rhodes, who began flying as teenagers. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Southlake Town Hall City Council chamber.


This sign, circa 1968, was erected on the Grapevine Prairie as the then-DFW Regional Airport was under construction. Photo courtesy of Dallas-Fort Worth

A second panel discussion, Monday, Aug. 15, explores the impact of D/FW International Airport on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents. John Terrell, VP of Commercial Developement DFW International Airport and former Southlake mayor will moderate. Panelists will include Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake mayor and now Tarrant County Commisioner Gary Fickes, Cooper and Stebbins (developers of Town Square) president Frank Bliss, Greg Last, former Southlake economic development director and longtime Realtor Lou Hillman. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, City Council chamber, also in Southlake Town Hall.

All events are free and open to the public. The exhibit in the lobby of Town Hall and the Southlake Library will be open to the public 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

Watch for any new information. Questions? Contact Connie Cooley at 817-223-9606.

(The photo featured at the top of the article shows Ted Kasper posing with his son Gary next to their antique Waco UPF-7 airplane. The Kasper family built two grass airstrips on their property in Southlake in the 1960s.)

Historical Photographs of Southlake Art Exhibit will be held this September

The City of Southlake along with the Arts Council Northeast and APEX Arts League will present an art exhibit and reception, called A Walk Through Time: Historical Photographs of Southlake on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Southlake Town Hall Lobby, 1400 Main Street.

Complimentary wine will be served as well as dinner, provided by Feedstore BBQ. This event is free and open to the public.

Photography is presented by the Southlake Historical Society, promoting the preservation, understanding and appreciation of Southlake’s history. Photo canvas enlargements are provided by Priority Signs and Graphics.

For additional information about this event, please contact the Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019.

Senior Activity Center Explores "American Brides: Inspiration & Ingenuity" Exhibit on Thursday, October 23rd

American BridesThe  “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” Exhibition is a collaboration between the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. It will feature more than forty wedding gowns, dresses, and ensembles that span from 1840 to the present. “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” emphasizes the importance of bridal traditions that were handed down from the 19th century to the present day, such as the white wedding gown that was made popular by Queen Victoria. Visitors will gain an appreciation for the beautiful details and handiwork in each gown represented in the exhibition.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center bus will depart from the Center on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM and will return back to the Center at 4:30 PM.  Please note that the arrival and return times are subject to change.

The registration fee for this trip is $5.00. Please bring money for lunch and other purchases. If you are interested in signing up for this exciting outing, you can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center located at 307 Parkwood Drive, Southlake, TX 76092.  Please contact (817) 748-8315 if you would like more information.

The "Celebration of The Arts and Sports" Exhibit Opens September 7

LambertoShow3x5Cards (1)The Southlake Arts Council, APEX Arts League, the City of Southlake and Miracle League of Southlake are partnering  to present the Celebration of The Arts and Sports exhibit with artwork featured by Southlake artist, Lamberto.  Artwork will be on display in the Southlake Town Hall Lobby from September 7 through October 17.

The exhibit will debut with a gallery reception on Sunday, September 7, from 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall Lobby. Children and adults are invited to attend the reception and the exhibit which are free and open to the public.

The reception will include special music performed by the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. The Institute was founded in 1968 by Dr. Schinichi Suzuki and Dr. Evelyn Hermann to provide musical training to children, beginning at the age of 3. Violin, viola, cello, piano, muisc theory, composition and harp are the classes offered at the school, which today has close to 300 students enrolled.

You will also enjoy chic ball field refreshments caterd by Central Market.  While you enjoy refreshments, music and art, you will also receive updated information about the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field in Southlake, the community recreation center that will break ground for Phase 1 on September 27 and all the Apex Presents 2014-2015 Season.

"Fall Through the Lens" Exhibit- Sept 9- Oct 31

Join us for “Fall Through the Lens” a photographic exhibit in the main lobby on the second floor of Southlake Town Hall. A reception in Town Hall will kick off the exhibit on Sunday September 9th from three to five in the afternoon and it is free and open to the community. The exhibit will be on display from September 9th to October 31st

Enjoy an afternoon of Culture including Chamber Music and Visual Arts in Southlake Town Hall on Sunday September 9th from three to five.  Observe the inspiring natural visions of local artist/photographer Bruce Rosenstiel, and listen to the uplifting sounds of Les Trois a Vent (the three winds).

The Exhibit of the fine photographic works of Bruce Rosenstiel will be in the Southlake Town Hall lobby from Sunday September 9th through Wednesday October 31st.

The “Fall Through the Lens” reception and photography exhibit is sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council, APEX Arts League, Southlake Public Library and the Bob Jones Nature Center Organization.