© 2018 by Dallas Mexican American Historical League

P.O. Box 181885 Dallas, TX  75218

 about 

 

Established in 2008, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL) was awarded its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status on June 30, 2013 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about Mexican American history in Dallas, Texas.
 

The purpose of DMAHL is to research, collect, document and preserve the city’s Mexican American history, and educate the public on the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of Mexican Americans in Dallas, Texas beginning from the early 1900s.

 

DMAHL has a membership of over 100 and a twenty-four member Board of Directors.

 

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is comprised of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

DMAHL has six Standing Committees: Barrios History, Exhibit/Program, Communications, Finance, Membership, and Nominating.

 

DMAHL has been involved in the following activities:

 

  • interviews with 50+ elders with assistance of SMU Mexican American students

  • Video interviews with 10+ elders with assistance from oral history video project of Big Thought and Methodist Children’s Home involving elementary and middle school student interviewers and videographers

  • Mini-community exhibits

  • Historical bus tours

  • Website and facebook page: 

  • Community outreach to seek historical data, photographs, artifacts, and volunteers from Dallas’s Mexican American barrios:

 

“Preserving Mexican American history in Dallas"

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  • One person can make a difference in historical preservation: a DMAHL member’s commitment to collect and preserve a barrio’s history – Los Altos in West Dallas, and later committing to take responsibility for the nearby barrios of La Bajada and El Cemento Chico, increased the collection of all from 3-5 photographs in 2008 to 1000+ since.

  • “Los Viejos de Los Barrios” and “Las Comadres” grassroots community organizations began shortly after DMAHL was established.

 

Major Events and/or Organizational 

& Institutional Partnerships

     

  • Bi-monthly New Member Orientations and “Connecting with the Past” historical presentations begin in February 2014

    • DMAHL introduces its first Membership Appreciation Awards – Outstanding DMAHL Member (Pauline Marceleño Laws); Outstanding Friend of DMAHL (Regional Hispanic Contractors Association); and Outstanding DMAHL Corporate Sponsor (Harwood International) at Annual Membership Appreciation program

    • Educational presentations on Dallas’s Mexican American history to DISD students, parents, and schools begin in March 2014

         

  • DMAHL celebrates its Fifth Anniversary at the Latino Cultural Center

    • Partnership with HOGAR and the Latino Cultural Center on 2nd Annual DMAHL (Distinguished Mexican American Historical Legend) Awards Tribute, posthumously awarded.  Recipient, Francisco (Pancho) Luna, co-founder of the Luna’s Tortilla Factory

    • DMAHL receives the Dallas Historical Society Community Award

    • Exhibit, “Honoring the Veterans and POW’s of Vietnam” at the Dallas Veterans Day Parade Program at Dallas City Hall in partnership with the American G.I. Forum

    • Partnership with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Board and Department on the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Pike Park Gazebo and Plaza Improvements

    • Exhibit, “Justicia – The Struggle for Mexican American Civil Rights in Dallas, Texas:  1920-2012” and Lecture Series in partnership with the Latino Cultural Center in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Santos Rodriguez murder and March for Justice in Dallas

    • DMAHL receives its 501(c)(3) designation as a tax-exempt organization from the IRS on June 30, 2013

    • Partnership with the Latino Cultural Center, the University of North Texas, and Bill Millet Productions for the Dallas premiere of the PBS documentary, “Texas Before the Alamo”

        

  • Exhibit at the Old Red Museum, “We Came, We Built, We Prospered:  100 Years of Mexican American History in Dallas;” Lecture Series; and Genealogical Journey Map of three Mexican American families from 1500s Spain to Mexico and present-day Dallas

    • Partnership with HOGAR and the Latino Cultural Center on the 1st Annual DMAHL (Distinguished Mexican American Historical Legend) Awards Tribute.  Recipient, Anita Nañez Martinez.  Guest speaker Bill Millet, director and producer of 2013 PBS documentary series, “Texas Before the Alamo”

    • Exhibit at the SMU Pollock Gallery, “Centers of Influence:  Dallas’s Mexican American Barrios and Their Leaders”

    • The Shirley Achor collection is the first DMAHL collection to be digitized, courtesy of SMU

    • DMAHL Speaker Series renamed the “Jesse Tafalla Speaker Series of DMAHL.”

    • Collaboration with HOGAR (Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research) to offer genealogy workshops at Dallas and Irving Public Libraries

    • The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association offers meeting and storage space to DMAHL

    • Signature event exhibit, “El Cemento” and Lecture Series in partnership with the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce Bridge-o-Rama celebration of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opening

        

  • Exhibit at the National Association of Chicana/Chicano College Students Tejas Regional Conference at South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, “Las Primeras: Early Mexican American Women Leaders in Dallas, Texas, 1910s-1930s”

    • Collaboration begins with SMU (class presentations to Meadows Arts History Department; support of the SMU Latino Student Association Latino Alumni History Project; oral history interviews of Mexican American elders; student interns assigned to digitize the Shirley Achor collection of DMAHL; partnership on a Fall 2012 Exhibit at the SMU Pollock Gallery, etc.)

    • Perkins, Coie LLP begins providing pro-bono services to DMAHL

    • Collaborative efforts begins with the Old Oak Cliff Preservation League to preserve the Eagle Ford School

    • Presentation, “Perspectives:  The Life of a Migrant Farm Worker” at the Children of Migrant Farm Worker Summit of the Dallas Area Texas Health Steps Coalition

    • Publication of DMAHL member, Sol Villasana’s book, Little Mexico

         

  • Participant at DART State Fair station grand opening

    • Exhibit at the Dallas Central Library, “Centennial: 100 Years of Mexican American History in Dallas”

    • Exhibit, “Los Barrios:  The Impact of Mexican American Communities in Dallas, 1907-1970” at the Lakewood Library in collaboration with the Friends of Lakewood Library

         

  • Presentation, exhibit and historical bus tour at the HOGAR (Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research) national genealogy conference

    • Exhibit at Sam Houston School’s 100th Anniversary

         

  • Annual DMAHL exhibits begin at the State Fair of Texas and continue through 2010

    • 2008 – “Mexican American Barrios – Impact on Dallas”

    • 2009 – “Los Primeros:  Mexican American Service and Leadership in Dallas

    • 2010 – “Crozier Tech High:  The Mexican American Experience, 1940s-1970s

  • Annual Speaker Series begins

  • Oral interviews of Mexican American elders commence with assistance of SMU student