Preserving the History of Dallas' Mexican Americans

~April 2016 Newsletter ~
Message from the Executive Committee
Saludos from the officers of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League.  It's hard to believe that the first quarter of the year has passed us by! 
Since DMAHL was founded most of our time has been expended in producing significant exhibits throughout Dallas in such prestigious places as The Pollock Gallery at SMU, the Old Red Museum, the Hall of State at the State Fair of Texas, and the Latino Cultural Center.  Our Board, members and volunteers have worked passionately toward our mission, and our efforts have been recognized by awards from the Dallas Historical Society, the Dallas Genealogical Society, the Government of Mexico and most recently from Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo.  We have accomplished more than we dreamed with the generosity and support of our many sponsors, donors, advisors and angels.
This year our goal has shifted a bit to focus on our Project 2016 -  cataloging, scanning and archiving more of the many wonderful photos that have been donated to us over the years from all of the various barrios, and that is keeping us very busy.  Our scanning/cataloging sessions are being held twice a month on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Let us know if you want to help!  We are also in discussions regarding the selection of a repository to house our collections so that the history and stories we've collected will be preserved for generations to come.
Also this year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be presenting an exhibit in partnership with the Latino Cultural Center highlighting the rise of the Dallas Mexican Americans from their working class roots to a meaningful presence in the professions and in politics.  And of course, we will have our traditional exhibit opening reception!  On Tuesday, September 13, we will be making a presentation at the Hall of State, Fair Park, for the Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series regarding Dallas Mexican American organizations and their founders.
Please consider donating family photos, volunteering to participate in our recorded oral histories, speaking at our regular Board meetings, or rolling up your sleeves and helping us in our efforts, activities and events.  With your continued support, we look for more great things to come in 2016! 
Gracias !

Juanita H. Na ñ ez                                   Albert Gonzalez               
214-881-9304                                         214-604-4730
Frank Valtierra                                       Sara Quintanilla        
214-893-7949                                        469-557-1554


Saturday, April 30 Board Meeting to be held at
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
2210 W Illinois Avenue (at Hampton Road)
Dallas, Texas 75224

Alex is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas with a passion for family history. He will present his family's story, "Translating a Grandfather's Storytelling into a Texas Historical Marker."  He will be speaking about the process of achieving state designated markers for  sites historically significant to Hispanics in Dallas.  This is a timely presentation as only 33 of the 379 Texas Historical Commission markers in Dallas County are devoted to the stories of Hispanics and African Americans who helped shape our region.  DMAHL is currently discussing supporting the Dallas County Historical Commission in its efforts to add markers this year.

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Monica R. Alonzo bestowed the Don Benito Juarez Community Hero award to DMAHL on Sunday, March 20 at the Benito Juarez Park in West Dallas, honoring the life and achievements of Don Benito Juarez.  Receiving the award on behalf of DMAHL were the officers, Juanita H. Nanez, Albert Gonzalez, Frank Valtierra and Sara Quintanilla.  Several dignitaries were present, including State Senator Roberto R. Alonzo, the Consul General de Mexico, Jose Octavio Tripp, and Chief Deputy Sheriff, Jesse Flores.  Performances were made by the Folkorico Ladies, Many community members were present and a good time was had by all.  DMAHL is honored to have received an award recognizing the life of the great hero, Don Benito Juarez.
Nellie Tafalla, DMAHL Co-Founder
Honored by Dallas County Commissioners Court
during Womens' History Month as one of the women who by their actions and service to the community unified their voices against inequality and helped pave the way for future generations of women.
March 1, 2016
Read official resolution here.

In partnership with the Methodist Children's Home, DMAHL provided a guided bus tour of various historical Dallas barrios on Thursday, April 9.  Tour participants were parents of students at the Winnetka Elementary School.  Some of the barrios toured were Little Mexico, Eagle Ford, Ledbetter, La Estrella, Los Altos and Cemento Chico.  The three City of Dallas designated landmarks in areas that were once predominantly Hispanic were visited:  Pike Park, El Fenix Restaurant and the original Luna's Tortilla Factory structure.  Many of the participants were not previously aware of the various barrios or their history and were seeing many of the significantly historical sites for the first time.   The tour visited the Latino Cultural Center at noon where they had lunch and were given a tour of the LCC by Nellie Ortez,  DMAHL member.  Tour guides were Rosemary Hinojosa, Education Committee, and Albert Valtierra, Preservation Committee and past president. 

Want to join us in our mission quest?  Dues are $12.00 per year.  A Lifetime membership is available for $300.00.  Contact:
Frances Gonzalez, Membership Chair
          Juanita H. Nañez       Albert González      Sara Quintanilla       Frank Valtierra 
                President              Vice President             Secretary              Treasurer 
                        Janis Bergman-Carton, Ph.D.                 Robbie Martinez 
                        Frank Bravo                                             Mike Plattero 
                        Gloria Cantú                                             Lydia Delgado Simpson  
                        Conchita Franco                                      Nellie Tafalla 
                        Richard Franco                                        Delfino Valdez 
                        Trini Garza                                               Jo Ann Valentin 
                        Frances González                                   Albert Valtierra 
                        Rosemary Hinojosa                                 Dorelia Valtierra 
                        Bessie Landin                                          Susan P Vega 
                        Pauline Marceleno. Laws                         Eloy Zamora 

Executive:  Juanita H. Nanez 
Membership:  Frances Gonzalez
Communications:  Susan P Vega
Exhibits & Programs:  Albert Gonzalez
Finance:  Albert Gonzalez
Education:  Frank Bravo
Nominations:  Conchita Franco
2016 Cataloging/Archiving Project: Frank Valtierra
Barrio Historians:  Jo Ann Valentin, Gloria Cantu
Pike Park Preservation:  Albert Valtierra
Eagle Ford Preservation:  Rosemary Hinojosa

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