Preserving the History of Dallas' Mexican Americans

December 2017 Newsletter

It's hard to believe that two years have passed in my presidency! It has been an honor and a privilege to lead our board and members in accomplishing DMAHL's mission. I want to personally thank my fellow Executive Committee members, Albert Gonzalez, Vice President; Frank Valtierra, Treasurer; and Secretary, Sara Quintanilla (2016) and Patty Ramirez (2017), as they have been instrumental in leading the organization, planning strategically and ensuring that goals are met.
I am grateful that we have been able to make great things happen because of our amazing board and committee chairs who are committed and passionate about the mission, and because of the continued support and dedication of our general membership. I especially honor and thank our wonderful sponsors and business partners without whom we could not accomplish the goals.
The election of DMAHL's Officers for 2018 will be held January 27, 2018, at our board meeting which will be held at the Meadows Conference Center. I will be passing the torch to our new president and continuing to serve DMAHL as a board member.   Next year we will be celebrating DMAHL's tenth anniversary of bringing our community's history and stories to you through our photo, artifact and oral history collections; exhibits; speaker series; presentations, tributes and educational programs. DMAHL is still in its infancy as compared to other historical groups. We have grown rapidly in the past ten years, and we will continue to uphold our mission, honor our ancestors by telling their stories, and educate our descendants and the public.
Long live DMAHL - Viva DMAHL!

Juanita H. Nañez,
President 2016-2017


January - In collaboration with the Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research (HOGAR), DMAHL presented the 2017 annual Hispanic Ancestry Tribute honoring Francisco F. "Pancho" Medrano, and posthumously awarded Mr. Medrano the Dallas Mexican American Historical Legend Award, at the Latino Cultural Center.
March - DMAHL co-sponsored the Encore Pachanga! music festival at the 508 Park Ave. Amphitheater in collaboration with Encore Park Dallas, a project of The Stewpot, of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
April - DMAHL included for the first time in A Guide to Local Historical Organizations and Museums brochure produced by the Dallas County Historical Commission.
April - DMAHL proudly nominated member, Jorge Baldor, for the 2017 Dallas Historical Society's annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service-Philanthropy.
May - Preservation Dallas panel presentation II, Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Dallas, was held at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. DMAHL was represented by Sol Villasana, current member and former board member, along with Debra Polsky, Executive Director, Dallas Jewish Historical Society and George Keaton, Founder, Remembering Black Dallas, Inc. as a project of the Dallas Multicultural Historical League.
June - Dennis Gonzalez, Director/Founder of La Rondalla, artist, author and musician, made an oral history presentation at the DMAHL board meeting.
June - DMAHL implemented sponsorship and membership application on-line payment opportunities.
September - DMAHL held the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta at historical Pike Park.
September-October - DMAHL produced exhibit, Música! Our Rhythm, Our Heart, Our Soul: A Soundtrack to the Mexican American Experience in Dallas, in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center.
September - DMAHL welcomed Trini Lopez home with a reception for sponsors and board at the Texas Musicians Museum.
September - The Jesse Tafalla Speaker Series, A Conversation with Trini Lopez, was held at the Latino Cultural Center.
September-December - The Neighborhoods We Called Home, is currently exhibiting at Old City Park Heritage Village, as a project of the Dallas Multicultural Historical Coalition.
November - DMAHL Annual Membership meeting was held at the Meadows Conference Center. A drawing for persons becoming new members (and renewals) was announced. Drawing will be held at the January 27, 2018, board meeting with Grand Prize being an Omni Hotel stay. (See for more detail.)
November-December - "Los Altos" exhibit at the Dallas Public Library, photos from DMAHL archives

As part of the Dallas Multicultural Historical Coalition and Preservation Dallas, DMAHL, in collaboration with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, submitted an application to the Texas Historical Landmark Commission for an Untold Story Marker. The marker application was for the site of a home that once stood in Little Mexico at 2211 Alamo Street. The home once housed the Anshe Sphard Synagogue, and later the Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana (First Mexican Baptist Church). It was just announced earlier this month that our application has been approved! Stay tuned - we will keep you posted, and plan a great marker installation celebration!


International Recording Artist, Songwriter and Actor, Trini Lopez, (from the Little Mexico barrio) signing DMAHL member, Conchita Franco's, Class Favorite photo in the Crozier Tech High School 1950s yearbook, at the Latino Cultural Center.

Albert J. Gonzalez for his appointment by Dallas Council member, Rick D. Callahan, to the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
Juanita H. Nañez for her appointment by Dallas County Commissioner,
Dr. Elba Garcia, to the Dallas County Historical Commission
Rosemary Hinojosa for being appointed by Dallas City Council member,
Omar Narvaez, to the Dallas Landmark Commission
Javier Sanchez, Director/Producer/Videographer/Editor, 2017 Lonestar Regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement, Military Program, for the production of DMAHL's 2015 Video, The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas' Mexican American Veterans and Families.


DMAHL members celebrate Jorge Baldor, recipient of Dallas Historical Society 2017 Award for Excellence in Community Service-Philanthropy. Event held at Fairmont Hotel.


Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
for hosting our regular monthly board meetings

American Airlines and KERA, free parking for Pike Park events
Charles "Chaz" Castro, DJ services and DMAHL flyers design

Richard Franco, DJ music for the Música! exhibit opening reception

Dennis Gonzalez and Yells At Eels Band
Música! exhibit opening reception performance

Johnny Barron and the Ben E. Keith company,
briskets for Pike Park activities

Richard and Grace Leal
Música! exhibit & events professional photography

LULAC Townview High School student volunteers, Fiesta Diez y Seis

Helen Maldonado Valtierra,
planning and volunteer organizer for Pike Park events

Joaquin Maldonado, owner, Maldonado Printing
DMAHL brochure printing

Jose Suaste, Fury Fellowship, Lead Creator/Founder
2017 DMAHL information brochure design

Lydia Torrez, Elizabeth Cano, and Bishop Dunne High School Students
scanning and cataloging a grouping of DMAHL's Ledbetter barrio photo collections

Mike Plattero, grilling/smoking at Pike Park activities

Mike Ramirez, Latino Peace Officers Association, Amigos del Barrio
water for Fiesta Diez y Seis at historic Pike Park

Sol Villasana, Attorney/Author
legal support throughout the year

Music for Fiesta Diez y Seis at historic Pike Park:
The Tunemakers, Jade Flores and
Fernando Luna for sponsoring the mariachi group


Bill Betzen
Gloria Ayala Bowden
Frank Bravo
Roberto Calderon, PhD
Catalina E. Garcia, MD
Rocio C. Garcia, Atty
Trini Garza
Albert J. Gonzalez
Frances M. Gonzalez
Rosemary Hinojosa
Delia Jasso
Richard A. Marquez
Ernestine Pinones
Robert Ramirez
Lydia Delgado Simpson
Nellie Tafalla
Albert Valtierra

2017 DMAHL Board of Directors
Juanita H. Nañez, President
Albert J. Gonzalez, Vice President
Frank A. Valtierra, Treasurer
Patty Ramirez, Secretary
Board Members
Frank Bravo 
Gloria Cantu
Ofelia Diaz
Richard Franco
Trini Garza
Frances Gonzalez
Rosemary Hinojosa 
Bessie Landin
Pauline Marceleño Laws
Robbie Martinez
Nellie Tafalla
David Trevi ñ o
JoAnn Valentin
Albert Valtierra 
Dorelia Valtierra
Susan P. Vega

WELCOME 2018-2020 NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS (Elections Held at the November Annual Membership Meeting)

Priscilla Escobedo
Conchita Franco (returning)
Tomas Jackson
Joe Valdez


Be sure to join DMAHL or renew your membership. Don't forget, by joining you get a chance for the Grand Prize Drawing of a stay at the Omni Hotel. Memberships can be obtained at with options to complete your application and pay on-line or print and mail in your applications. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2018, to have your names in the drawing. Drawing will be held at the January 27, 2018, board meeting. See our website for more details.

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