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December 2020

Cowtown Strategy: Planner James Toal’s Urban Designs for Fort Worth

December 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305 United States
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With over 40 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban planning, and economic development, James Toal shaped much of today’s Fort Worth. Join us as Librarian Linda Barrett reviews his career, beginning with his role at the Fort Worth Planning Department in the early 1970s, where much of his work involved parks and the Trinity River. He left the City in 1985 to work for a private firm and continued to influence the Fort Worth cityscape as a consultant on several projects until…

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January 2021

Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North

January 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This month author Gary Pinkerton will join us to discuss his book, Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North. The trace initially served as a smugglers’ route in the early 1800s, but it later became an important road for immigration into Texas from Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. In fact, many well-known historical figures traveled to Texas along this route including Sam Houston and David Crockett. The story of Trammel's Trace is rowdy enough, but Pinkerton will also introduce you to Nicholas Trammell, the trail’s namesake, a man…

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February 2021

Expanding the Archive: Hidden Histories of Race in Houston

February 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In honor of African American History Month, please joins us for a presentation by Dr. Tyina Steptoe. Steptoe will discuss the research process for her book, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City. Houston Bound focuses on the Creoles of Color, Black, and Brown communities in the Bayou City in the early twentieth century. Her talk will address the limitations of traditional archival research in histories of race, as well as how she used oral histories and…

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