Posts tagged ‘Denton history’
The Emily Fowler Library will present a free Census Genealogy Research Class on February 23rd, from 3-5pm. The US Census is an invaluable resource for genealogy research and there helpful tips and tricks for navigating the forms. There are idiosyncrasies as well, which we will discuss. To register, call 940-349-6813.
The Denton Public Library invites you to join us in celebrating its 75 years of service to the Denton community. The celebration will take place at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, on June 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM, followed by a live performance of the award-winning Library Larry at 5:00 PM.
The Denton Public Library opened as the Denton City-County Public Library on June 6, 1937, and was located on the third floor of the Denton County Courthouse. In 1935, the Junior Shakespeare Club started a movement to combine the Denton County School Library with a public library. The club collected more than 4,000 books in a house-to-house canvass of the entire city. The first librarian was Mattie Wilson, followed by Bess McCullar, Emily Fowler, Joella Orr, and Eva Poole. The Emily Fowler Central Library opened in its current location in 1949, with additions designed by O’Neil Ford in 1969 and 1981. The Emily Fowler Central Library was renovated and reopened in 2005. The South Branch Library opened in 1995 and renovated in 2010, and the North Branch Library opened in 2003.
The Denton Public Library is proud to have been an active partner within the Denton community for 75 years. Please join us for this historic event celebrating this important milestone.
North Texas radio and television historian Mike Shannon has been tracking changes up and down the local dial since 1984. His website, www.knus99.com, is the culmination of years of research, and covers the entire history of North Texas broadcasting since 1920. Shannon’s name and voice may be familiar to some, as he spent most of the last decade reporting traffic over WBAP-AM in Fort Worth and WFAA-TV in Dallas, and currently hosts a syndicated radio program, “The Hi-Fi Club.” But his on-air roots began right here in Denton as a news anchor at both KDNT-AM and KNTU-FM while attending school at the University of North Texas in the late 1980s. In fact, the latest addition to Shannon’s historical website is a thorough tribute to Denton radio station KDNT, complete with hundreds of photographs and interviews with former station personnel, including the son of original station owner and founder, the late Harwell V. Shepard. “Although my employment at KDNT was brief,” Shannon said, “I was so proud to be a part of a local tradition. Cataloging the history of KDNT was my way of preserving something I learned was very important to this community, and then doing so before the storytellers and storymakers were gone.”
Mike will share the history of KDNT on Saturday, November 12th at 2 p.m. at the Emily Fowler Central Library. For more information contact Leslie.Couture@cityofdenton.com.
This coming Friday, April 9th from 1-1:30pm, Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 844 will be making a whistle stop in downtown Denton at the 600 block of East Hickory Street. Coincidentally, the theme for our upcoming Summer Reading Club is, “Catch The Reading Express” with a railroad theme: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/projects/trc/2010/index.html
More information from the Union Pacific about this train and its itinerary can be found here: http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/trace.cfm
The 844 was built for the Union Pacific by the American Locomotive Corp. in 1944 and has never been out of service-a unique fact amongst mainline steam locomotives. The 844 and her sister, Challenger 3985, represent the height of steam locomotive technology. More info about her and UP’s steam operations can be found here: http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/up844.shtml
So, if you are a train geek like myself, don’t miss this RARE opportunity to see, hear and smell a beast from the past. And, three celebrities from Library Larry’s Big Day may be in attendance, as well.
As always, the Denton Public Library has materials for all ages on railroading and steam engines. Specifically, we have books on railroads in Texas in our Special Collections area at the Emily Fowler Library. The Katy, Santa Fe and Texas & Pacific Railroads are nicely represented but these materials must remain in the building.
Posted by Chuck, 4/6/10
Did you go to the library in the 1970′s, 1980′s? Work for the City of Denton? We currently have 1675 items on the Portal To Texas History, not all of which are photos. You can find early (1894, 1918-1924) City/telephone directories, postcards, articles, and other things there as well. But mostly, there are photos, many of which have never been correctly identified. If you have the time, search the site, either by keyword, or browse through the collection. Each photo has an information page, which, on the right-hand side of the page and in the light blue/purple box, offers the user the option to make comments. So if you that is you watching the puppet show at the Emily Fowler Library in the 1970′s or 80′s, please let someone know which person you are and if you can guess any other names, or dates, feel free to add this to the photo.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Genealogy/Special Collections Department of the Emily Fowler Central Library, 940-349-8752, or email Leslie.Couture@cityofdenton.com.
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I have been looking through the old high school yearbooks that we have here at Emily Fowler, looking for particular views of the old high school. Pictures of local businesses are, of course, throughout the yearbooks, and I just happened to have a more current photo of the one that is below. Not much has changed with this business and I sure am glad. It is from the 1960 Denton Bronco.
And this is the business today, well, in 2006:-Leslie
Recently Emily Fowler hosted former Fred Moore High School Dragon football players to talk about what it was like playing for C.H. Collins during the 50′s and 60′s. We filmed the event, and now you can check out the DVD.
I’m almost finished with gleaning articles from the 1895 Denton County News. I continue to find articles regarding the building of the “new” courthouse and find it fascinating. I wish I had a time machine and I would go back in time and buy the newspaper(s) every day from the beginning of Denton County’s first newspaper, to fill in what is missing. Heck, maybe I would have stayed there and just come back (here) to visit. Really like to ride in one of those bicycle races.