The Dallas Historical Society Announces the Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence Luncheon and Award Recipients

(Featured photo: Daniel Murchison, Laura Woodall, Luncheon Chairs.)*

Karl Chiao, executive director of the Dallas Historical Society (DHS) is thrilled to announce the Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence uncheon chairs Daniel Murchison and Laura Woodall and honorary chairs, The Collins Family: Dick Collins, Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton; Genevieve Collins-DeCarme and Dwight DeCarme.
DHS is kicking off its second century with a new awards luncheon logo and name while continuing to honor its traditions and the Dallas History Makers of today and introducing a new awards category:  Dallas Historical Society’s Benefactor of the Year.
The awards were established on behalf of the Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society in 1981.  Outstanding individuals and organizations are selected for this honor from nominations solicited from the Dallas community.  The recipients are chosen for their contribution to the quality of life in Dallas in multiple categories, including Arts Leadership, Creative Arts, Education, History, Humanities, Philanthropy, Sports Leadership, and Volunteer Community Leadership.
Slated for Friday, November 17, 2023 at the Fairmont Hotel’s International Ballroom, the morning begins as guests mix and mingle prior to a three-course luncheon, inspiring videos honoring the award recipients sharing their often untold stories and highlighting their contributions to Dallas, and awards presentations. The event is topped off with the traditional A.C. Greene Champagne Toast.
The awards recipients are:
Dallas Historical Society Benefactor of the YearStan Graff – Committed to the Dallas Historical Society and its work in education and preservation of history, specifically Texas history;

Arts LeadershipGail Sachson – Committed to the arts as a planner, organizer, fundraiser, collector, historian and educator serving as Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission, founding Inspire Art Dallas and serving on countless boards benefiting the arts;

Creative Arts – Lyric Stage – Preserving and developing the great American musical with a commitment to bring exemplary productions to the heart of Dallas at the historic Majestic Theater;

Education – Dr. Carine Feyten – Chancellor of Texas Woman’s University and serving many of Dallas’ educational organizations with a deeply rooted commitment to educational excellence and equal access opportunities;

History – Talmage Boston – Dedicated to advancing historical knowledge and inspiring others to learn, enriching our understanding of the past and strengthening our connection to the present;

Humanities – Friends of Aldredge House – Supporting the operations of the Aldredge House, a living example of history and crown-jewel of Swiss Avenue, providing creative performance pieces and speaker series;

Jubilee History Maker – Michael Boone – Embodying community spirit and civic leadership that have made a positive impact on public education, the arts, and business in Dallas;

Sports Leadership – Brad Sham – The voice of the legendary Dallas Cowboys football team for over 40 years, and beloved leader in the Dallas and national sports scene;

Volunteer Community LeadershipTori Mannes – Long-time dedication to bettering the lives of families and the future generations of Dallas through education and leadership.

Table sponsorships begin at $1,500 up to $12,500 with different levels of benefits.  Individual Sponsorship tickets begin at $600 and include one ticket to the Patron Party and preferred seating. A limited number of individual tickets will be available at $300 and $175. 

Visit the website for information:  Contact Michelle Meadows, Director of Development & Special Projects for more information at  or call 214-808-9322

The Dallas Historical Society: Whether someone is new to Dallas or a native Texan, the Dallas Historical Society offers programs and exhibits that educate and inform visitors about their home city and reveal insights and little-known facts that one might be unable to attain from history books alone, especially with the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama by Tom Freely.

Ongoing events include Brown Bag Lectures, An Evening With programs, and Pour Yourself Into History happy hours. Join in discovering more about Dallas and take part in one or more of these wonderful programs. Visit the website for more information at

The Dallas Historical Society Celebrated Its Centennial Year In 2022

The stories of Dallas are shared each day at the Dallas Historical Society through the three million items that comprise our archives and artifact collections. Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society collects, preserves, and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations.

Housed at the Hall of State in Fair Park since 1938, DHS presents these collections through education programs, exhibitions, tours, access to research materials and workshops. 

Among the three million historical artifacts at DHS are such treasures as Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the Battle of San Jacinto, the only known original Juneteenth document, James Fannin’s watch, and Santa Anna’s spurs. The DHS collection houses over 10,000 bound volumes and receives more than 1,500 research requests annually.

Each year, the Dallas Historical Society is visited by over 160,000 people and serves more than 20,000 students through guided tours and educational programming at the Hall of State, as well as outreach programs at schools. Visit the website for more information at

*Photo by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio

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