DJHS: Preserving the Past As a Living Legacy

Esther Tobolowsky Golman & friend, leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer
“Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer”, ca. 1914: Esther Tobolowsky Golman and friend pose for a picture taken on a photographer’s prop, Caboose No. 32981, possibly at the 1914 State Fair of Texas. Photographers along the Katy routes used similar backdrops to create real-photo postcards, which allowed subjects to send personalized postcards to family and friends. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

It is said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. At Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), we’re in the business of remembering — preserving memories and sharing those stories in a way that informs the future. DJHS is the only organization that collects, preserves and shares the photos, documents, artifacts and stories of Jewish life in the greater Dallas area.

Dallas became a city in 1856 and by 1858 the first Jewish merchant had opened a store. From there, the history of Dallas is filled with names of Jewish leaders in retail, manufacturing, politics, cultural arts and other areas. In chronicling the history of the Jewish community, we tell the story of Dallas itself.

Our previous Giving Day proceeds have been used to initiate digitization of our Oral History interviews with Jews in Dallas — both natives and newcomers — who tell the stories of how and why they came here and what they’ve done since arriving.

LITTLE MISS BLUEBONNET 1929
“Little Miss Bluebonnet 1929”: Evelyn Dritch (nee Lynn), age 3, daughter of Louis & Rebecca (Donsky) of Dallas, had her photo taken at home on Forester Avenue where she lived with her parents, three older sisters and two older brothers. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

This year’s proceeds will continue to help fund our ever-expanding digitization efforts in addition to contributing to general operating support. We currently seek additional funding to continue converting and processing more than 500 completed interviews and thousands of photos, documents, and artifact descriptions.

To donate to Dallas Jewish Historical Society on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s