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and Heritage Tours
Celebrate Black History
Month in Dallas
Old City Park of Dallas has announced
its first African-American History and
Heritage Tour. This bus tour will explore
important African-American historical
sites in Dallas including the Shotgun House
at Old City Park. Dr. Marvin Delaney, of
the University of Texas at Arlington, is
researching the project.
Two tours will be available, each covering
a different portion of the city.
Churches, homes, streets, and businesses
will help tell the story of the AfricanAmerican's
significant contributions to
Dallas. The tours, which originate from
Old City Park, will be available every
Saturday in February. Call (214) 421-5141
for more information.
Old City Park is funded, in part, by the
Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.
"The Genius of Sam
Houston" Exhibit Opens
in January in Liberty
An exhibit, "The Genius of Sam Houston:
Images and Writings of Sam Houston,"
opened January 2 at the Sam Houston
Regional Library and Research Center in
Liberty. The display, which will run through
1993, celebrates the 200th birthday of Sam
Houston and is part of the statewide activities
to commemorate this bicentennial.
The exhibit features original photographs,
documents, manuscripts, artifacts,
and contemporary artwork that document
Sam Houston's life and role as one of the
greatest figures in Texas history. The items
are from the Jean Houston Baldwin Collection,
the Jean and Price Daniel Texas
History Collection, the John Daniel Collection,
the Houston Daniel Collection,
the Mrs. E.A. Everett Collection, the E.L.
Hogan Collection, the Robert J. Hogan
Collection, the W.M. Irish Collection, the
Mrs. G.C. Isabell Evans Collection, the
Hardin papers, the Sam Houston Hearne
Collection, the Andrew Jackson Houston
Collection, the Grace Spaulding John
Collection, the Penelope Lingan Archives,
the Dorthy E. Loe Collection, the Miriam
Partlow Collection, the Penny Thornal
Remick Collection, the Mrs. Paul Strong
Collection, the Julia Duncan Welder
Collection, and the Franklin Williams
Funding for the exhibit was provided by
the Atascosito Historical Society, the
Friends of the Sam Houston Center.
The Sam Houston Center, a part of the
State Archives Division of the Texas State
Library, is located three miles north of
Liberty on FM 1011, off of State Highway
146. It is open Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Admission is free. For further information,
phone (409) 336-8821.
Two Photo Exhibits Slated
For February in Alamo City
Two photographic exhibits are scheduled
to open in February at the Institute of
Texan Cultures in San Antonio.
"The Photography of Benny Joseph: The
Early Years of Rhythm and Blues" will run
from February 2- April 26 in the Institute's
This Houston photographer captured
the birth of Texas rhythm and blues in
local clubs and performances, photographing
some of the most noted performers
of the day. The exhibit showcases 50
prints made from vintage negatives including
portraits as well as commercial and
documentary photographs of churches,
parades, politics, social groups, dances, and
musicians. The exhibit is toured by Exhibit
USA, a national division of Mid-American
Arts Alliances, with the Texas Commission
on the Arts.
Opening on February 23 and set to run
through March 12 is an exhibit, "Quiet
Shadows: Women in the Pacific War."
In conjunction with UTSA Women's
History Week, the Institute presents this
photographic exhibit documenting the
contributions of women in World War II.
The courageous stories of nurses, civilian
volunteers, and women's reserve forces such
as the WACs, WAVES, and SPARS are
told in this pictorial tribute. This exhibit is
supported in part by a grant from the Texas
Committee for the Humanities, a division
of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.
Call the Institute of Texan Cultures in
San Antonio at (210) 226-7651 for more
information on either of the photographic
El Paso City Council
Condemns Historic Motel
A motel that was once the secondlargest
in the United States and a place
where the rich and famous often stayed has
The Del Camino Motor Hotel has become
home to families struggling with
poverty, its ruin brought on by the construction
of Interstate 10.
At one time considered an El Paso
showplace, the Del Camino Motor Hotel
once housed the nation's only bullfight
museum. A 1988 fire gutted the museum
and the motel's cafe.
City inspectors told the El Paso City
Council that rooms in the building are
unfit for habitation, the motel's adobe
walls and ceilings are falling, and the
building had plumbing and electricity
The Council voted to condemn the 65year-old
site, but it gave the owner 90 days
to make repairs before following through
with the order.
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