Posts filed under ‘Local History’
Library Larry, Emmy Lou Dickenson, and Mr. Chompers get together again for a new adventure, this time at Denton County’s Bayless-Selby House Museum. Along the way, they learn about life in the Victorian era, the specific history of the Bayless-Selby House, and the importance of preserving and restoring historical artifacts.
Chelsea Stallings takes the puppets on a tour of the Queen Anne style house and explains that many things have changed since the 1800s, but also that many things haven’t changed much at all. The puppets get an up-close look at everything from old toys and musical instruments to kitchen gadgets and photographs. Emmy Lou thinks it looks like a dollhouse come to life!
Library Larry’s Big Day is an award-winning television show produced by the Denton Public Library and Denton Television (DTV). The Bayless-Selby episode will air in April and May at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day on DTV (Charter channel 26, Verizon channel 38, and Grande channel 12). You can also watch the episode and YouTube clips of past episodes any time at www.librarylarry.com.
For more information, contact Kerol Harrod at 940-349-8758, or visit .
Searching through our Shepard Funeral Home Indexes from the early 20th C, we found the following information (names witheld):
Charged to: (withheld)
Secured by: Mortgage on Horse
Date of Funeral: Mar. 11, 1906
Place of Death: 5 miles east of city
Cause of Death: not known
Date of Death: Mar. 10, 1906
Age: One Month
Interment: Ballew or Cooper Cemetery
In order to pay for his daughter’s funeral the father had to mortgage his horse.
Thanks to Leslie for finding this.
The formal dedication for the new Official Texas Historic Marker for the Quakertown Community will be held this coming Saturday February 16, 2013 at 10:00a.m. at the Denton Civic Center 321 E. McKinney St. Librarian Laura Douglas was involved in writing the historic narrative as part of the marker application process and will receive a Certificate of Commendation. You may know her from visiting the Special Collections Department here at the Fowler Library.
We have an exhibit of photos, books and maps of Quakertown at the Emily Fowler Library running through the end February in the Special Collections department and an archive of Quakertown history available if you wish to learn more.
Also, mark your calendars for an upcoming program at the Emily Fowler Library about Quakertown on March 23 to be presented by Kim Cupit, Curator of Collections at the Courthouse On The Square Museum.
This coming Thursday, January 24th, 2013, The Denton County Courthouse Museum will present a program about a little-known part of Denton County history. Please read the following for more information:
Christmas in Icaria
a film by Daniel Garcia and Aurelio Medina
Brought to you
by the Denton County Office of History and Culture
with a short presentation on New Icaria
by Mike Cochran
at 12:15 PM, Jan. 24
in the Commissioners Courtroom -
Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
The film is the work of Spanish filmmakers Daniel Garcia and Aurelio Medina, who traveled to Denton County to make a film about New Icaria, the French communist experiment which tried to settle near present day Justin, Texas in 1848. The film makers interviewed a few locals, among them, Bill Marquis of Stony, Texas and a descendant of the colonists.
Etienne Cabet, the founder of the Icarian movement in France was a visionary, communist, author, journalist and rabble rouser during the tumultuous times after the French Revolution. He envisioned a perfect world, a utopia, based on equality for all citizens, and at the height of his popularity, he had tens of thousands of followers in France. In 1848 he decided to make his utopian vision a reality and he decided to build it in Justin, Texas. What could possibly go wrong?
The film will be introduced by local historian, Mike Cochran, who will present a short lecture on the New Icarian colony and the Icarian movement.
The program will be offered Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. Handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.
The Special Collections Department at the Emily Fowler Library will present a class on using the genealogy databases we subscribe to such as Ancestry.com and Family Search as well as the indexes and local history resources we have available on our homepage. The class will be held Saturday December 1st, 2012 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Fowler Library.
With so much genealogy information being added daily to these and other databases, knowledge of efficient search strategies, techniques, and learning what each has to offer make your research faster and more enjoyable.
This class is free but registration is required. Please call (940) 349- 6814 or contact me at email@example.com to register or for more information.
The Denton Courthouse on the Square will host a photography exhibition of the work of local historian and former city councilmember Mike Cochran entitled “Neon Cowboys and Pink Ladies” from Oct 16th to December 31th. This is a collection of photographs of neon signs in the Southwest in the 1970′s. I’m anxious to see this because I have an “old sign” fetish myself and find it nearly impossible to pass one wherever I see one without taking a picture.
Along those lines, we have the following titles at the Denton Public Library that might whet the appetite:
Do you like saving money? Do you wonder if there are free websites to help with your genealogy research? The Emily Fowler Library Special Collections Dept. will present a class on Saturday Sept 1st, 2012 at 3pm that shows the researcher some useful and *free* websites that can assist you. Call 940-349-6814 to register and for more information. Oh, and the class is…free!
In my research for someone unrelated in the old Denton High Bronco yearbooks circa 1962, I came across the following photo of one “Steve Fromholz”…
I figured it had to be the singer-songwriter because it fit the era and that name is kinda unusual. The next one is pretty sweet:
Which led my brain to vaguely remember a picture of him at NTSU. Sure enough, here he is in the 1964 Yucca yearbook with the more well-known Michael Martin Murphy singing an old appalacian tune that the Stanley Brothers recorded and Ralph Stanley made hugely popular about a decade ago thanks to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack and movie.
Some kind of unbroken circle, what with the resurgence of folk-influenced music of current Denton bands such as Hares on the Mountain. The so-called “folk craze” of the early ’60s swept many a college campus but, I don’t know how many could say in retrospect that they had two very fine musicians in the making. You can read about Steve here and Michael here and about the Folk Music Club at North Texas State here.