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Every Second Saturday at Aldredge House Museum

Join Us For "A Black Cowboy Comes To Town"

The Newest Installment Of  Our Living History Play

Come explore our city's diverse cultural history -- at the Aldredge House Museum. Join us for the second installment of our award-winning series about the house's original owners, Willie and Will Lewis. Chapter Two of our popular Living History Play is titled: "A Black Cowboy Comes to Town."  

 

Written by Dallas playwright, Isabella Russell-Ides, "A Black Cowboy Comes To Town" recalls the story of the life and times of the Lewises, circa 1919, when the turn-of-the-century town of Dallas was on the verge of social and cultural change. The play is based on the true stories written by Mrs. Willie Newberry Lewis, the Dallas debutante who married Will Lewis, the much-older and very successful West Texas rancher.  

In this new installment, Texas and Dallas history converge.  Mr. Lewis brings with him to the young city one of the cowboys from his sprawling RO Ranch near Clarendon, Texas -- a man who has been his friend since their boyhood days working on cattle ranches in the Texas Panhandle. As a result, worlds collide and sparks fly in the grand home on Swiss Avenue!  

 

As the story unfolds, audience members move through the historic mansion along with the actors, providing attendees a tour of the house as they go.  

"A Black Cowboy Comes To Town" will be performed on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from September through December, at 11AM. Reserve your place now and come live a piece of our city's fascinating past.

Email info@friendsofaldredgehouse.org for reservations.

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Dallas Historical Society to Honor Friends of Aldredge House at Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence Luncheon on November 17th

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The International Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel will serve as the setting for this year's annual Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence Luncheon on November 17th, hosted by the Dallas Historical Society and  honoring outstanding individuals and organizations chosen for their contributions to the quality of life in Dallas.

 

This year's recipient in the Humanities category is Friends of Aldredge House, selected for its efforts in supporting the operations of the Aldredge House – a living example of Dallas history and the crown-jewel of Swiss Avenue – through its creative Living History plays, its popular Speaker Series, and other awareness-raising initiatives.

The awards were established on behalf of the Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society in 1981. Each year's nominees are solicited from throughout the Dallas Community with recipients chosen in multiple categories: Arts Leadership, Creative Arts, Education, History, Humanities, Philanthropy, Sports Leadership, and Volunteer Community Leadership.

The Friends of Aldredge House is both honored and privileged to be receiving this honor in recognition of its ongoing initiatives to promote historic preservation in Dallas.

Aldredge House Receives A Grant From The Texas Historical Foundation For Its Living History Plays

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The Aldredge House is excited to announce that it has been selected to receive a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation for the continued development of its popular Living History Play performed on the Second Saturday every month (except July and August).

The grant will support the expansion of the Living History Play to integrate additional historic figures who've participated in and contributed to the life and times of Aldredge House. We can't wait to get to work with the playwright, director, and an amazing volunteer cast to expand on the house's fascinating story.

 

Read the full article about the grant, published in Candy's Dirt, at the link below:  

Aldredge House Takes Center Stage On Popular East Dallas Podcast

Friends of Aldredge House board members Melanie Vanlandingham and Marianne Howells recently joined Camille and Rich, hosts of the popular East Dallas podcast, "What In East Dallas Is Going On?!", to discuss the origins, development and performance of the "Living History Play", presented on the Second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at Aldredge House. 

It's a fascinating and enlightening exchange. Listen in at the link below:

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Neighbors Gather For Good Conversation
And Great Barbecue In A Grand Setting

On March 19th, members of The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation and Friends of Aldredge House hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet at Aldredge House. An estimated 150 neighbors and friends gathered at the house for delicious barbecue, ice-cold refreshments, and a lavish spread of side dishes and desserts. 

It was a welcome and long-overdue opportunity for old neighbors to reconnect post-Covid, and for everyone to meet and get to know the newer residents in the District. Attendance was far greater than expected; every table inside was filled and the overflow spilled out into the rear garden where there were activities set up for the younger kids. The response was so positive, in fact, that the Foundation has offered to make these neighborhood meet-and-greets an annual Springtime event. 

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Candy's Dirt Visits The Second Saturdays Living History Tour At Aldredge House

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In the Aldredge House Dining Room, Martha Heimberg (center left) and Rikki Sushaun (center right) portray staff members of the house's original owners, Will & Willie Lewis.

Candy Evans, founder of Candy's Dirt, the award-winning news site popular among real-estate lovers, along with her granddaughter, Hattie, and features writer, Karen Eubank, all attended the January performance of the Second Saturdays Living History Tour at Aldredge House. To read the article describing their experience, click on the photo link above.

STEP BACK INTO THE HISTORY OF DALLAS
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Celebrating

Over 100 Years

of Dallas History

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...an intact manifestation of the distinctive gentility that is Dallas at its best.

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It's Time to Renew 

Support Aldredge House for future generations

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