Preservation Dallas is pleased to present the 2017 season of Summer Sizzlers– our popular series of educational lectures and workshops, offering insights into preservation topics, architecture and history! In honor of our 45th anniversary, we are bringing back two of our past lectures!

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Please join us at the Wilson House as we kick off our Summer Sizzlers series with a spectacular Summer Soiree. Light bites and cool drinks provided! Members – bring your friends, and if your guest becomes a member that evening, you both will receive one ticket to the Sizzler of your choice! The kick off party is free and open to the public.  RSVP here.



The Story of the Knights of Pythias Building

Tuesday | June 20 | 6pm | Wilson Carriage House, 2924 Swiss Avenue

Completed in 1916 by William Sydney Pittman, the Knights of Pythias Building has had a colorful history beginning as a significant African American building in Dallas all the way to its current renovation as a hotel.  Join us as we listen to Carol Roark, former archivist and librarian with the Dallas Public Library, as she delves into the history of this beloved Dallas Landmark.


A Breath of Fresh Air: Texas Sleeping Porches

Tuesday | June 27 | 6pm | Wilson Carriage House, 2924 Swiss Avenue

Many people assume the sleeping porch, a common feature in the first half of the 20th century, was solely used in the summertime, but they were just as popular in the colder months too.  Margaret Culbertson, director of the Powell Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will walk us through the history and use of Texas sleeping porches as well as their use during medical treatments.


Restoring Frankford Church and the Blackland Prairie

Tuesday | July 11 | 6pm | Old Frankford Church, 17400 Muirfield Drive, Dallas TX 75287

Go back to 1897 to the small farming community of Frankford to visit this 2011 Preservation Achievement Award winning church situated on 12 acres in the middle of North Dallas.  Kathy Power, president of the Frankford Preservation Foundation, Rich Jaynes, master naturalist, and Jeff Cummings, designer, will guide us through the history and restoration of the church and the discovery of the Blackland Prairie.


Celebrating the Cattle Drive at Pioneer Plaza

Tuesday | July 18 | 6pm | Pioneer Plaza, 1428 Young Street, Dallas TX 75202

In 1994, Pioneer Plaza was dedicated to the city of Dallas to commemorate Dallas’ early history and celebrate the cattle trails that brought settlers to the area.  Janette Monear, president and CEO of Texas Trees Foundation, will take us on a tour of the Robert Summers sculptures and the restoration work that is needed to maintain one of Dallas’ most visited attractions.


Notorious Figures of Dallas’ Past

Tuesday | July 25 | 6pm | Wilson Carriage House, 2924 Swiss Avenue

Respected Dallas author and historian Michael V. Hazel presents some of the city’s most intriguing stories of notorious Dallas figures—persons who made their mark on history through dastardly deeds or community achievements along with famous and forgotten tales of the city.  In celebration of our 45th anniversary, we bring back this lecture from 2005.


Drive-in Dallas

Tuesday | August 1 | 6pm | Wilson Carriage House, 2924 Swiss Avenue

Ready to cart the whole family in the station wagon or snuggle with that college date in a convertible with a box of popcorn? Nancy McCoy, principal at Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, will present a fascinating history of the drive-in movie theater in Dallas.


Presidential Visits to Dallas

Tuesday | August 8 | 6pm | Wilson Carriage House, 2924 Swiss Avenue

Local historian and Landmark Commissioner Sam Childers will focus on notable presidential visits to the city from sitting US presidents beginning in 1910 with President Taft. Other 20th century events include campaign whistle stops and the tragic tour by President Kennedy. In celebration of our 45th anniversary, we bring back this lecture from 2006.


The full series package is $60 for current Preservation Dallas members.  The general public full series is $130 and includes a one year Individual membership.  Individual sessions are $10 for Preservation Dallas members and $20 for the general public.

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Historic House Specialist (HHS) Seminar

Realtors may be certified as Historic House Specialists through an intensive two-day training course provided in partnership with the Metrotex Association of Realtors. This seminar is also open to owners or prospective owners of historic homes or anyone interested in learning about Dallas architects and developers, architectural styles, historic building research, making historic homes “green” or historic designations.

HHS Seminars normally are offered in the spring and fall and meet at Preservation Dallas’ headquarters, the Wilson House.

HHS Fall 2016:  September 15-16, 2016

HHS Spring 2017:  Date TBD

For more information and to register online, click here.

Advanced Historic House Specialist (AHHS) Seminar

Graduates of the HHS Seminar may register for this unique opportunity to further develop the vocabulary, knowledge and research tools necessary to successfully market houses in Dallas’ older and historic neighborhoods.

AHHS Seminars normally are offered in the spring and fall and meet in the Wilson House and the Central Dallas Public Library.

AHHS Spring 2016: April 21, 2016

AHHS Fall 2016: October 20, 2016

For more information and to register online, click here.