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American Gothic Art Auction and Dinner

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual American Gothic Art Auction and Dinner, scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 6-9 p.m. at Summerfield at Tate Farms (12992 Farm to Market 548, Rockwall, TX 75032). Event guests ($35 per person for non-RCHF members, $30 per person for RCHF members and participating artists) will enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine, a BBQ dinner, and accompanying music. Guests can also bid on more than 100 artistic canvases displayed on professional museum-quality panels. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Rockwall County Historical Foundation and its mission to preserve the past for the future.

 

Sheri Stodghill Historical Lecture Series 2019

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation presents its Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series 2019, featuring programs of historical interest from noon to 1 p.m. in the third floor courtroom at the historic downtown Courthouse in Rockwall. Lectures are free and open to the public. Mark your calendar and join RCHF as they focus on history: Then and Now!

Friday, February 8 – Baseball

Black history month honors the history of Black Baseball in the United States. Rockwall resident Bob May noted author, researcher and speaker will be the presenter.

Friday, March 8 – Decades of Change

Jerry Hogan, former Rockwall County Judge and retired U.S. Army officer, will review the growth and changes to Rockwall from the 1950s to the present.

Friday, April 12 – Tales of the Jail

Carl Alsabrook, current City Manager of Royce City, who worked at the Rockwall County Jail from 1986-1988, will look back to present interesting tails of the jail. Sheriff Harold Eavenson will discuss updated jail status.

Friday, May 10 – D-Day

Mike Donegan, past Commander and current Chaplin of the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 Rockwall, Texas will review the Normandy D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944.

~ Summer Break ~

Friday, September 13 – Rockwall Success

Joy Bounds Greenwalt will present the 100 year history of the Rockwall Texas Success newspaper and its owners, including her family and relate significant events in Rockwall’ s history reported in the Success.

Friday, October 11 – Talking Tombstones

Leigh Shelton, Director of Theater, Rockwall High School, and students will present a unique talking tombstone program.

Friday, November 8 – Downtown and Around Town

Ryan Miller, Director of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department of the City, will review Rockwall’s Historic and P & Z initiatives.

Friday, December 11 – The Rock Wall Revisited

This popular annual program will re-examine the history of the rock wall and the most recent developments regarding Rockwall’ s unique underground formation. Speaker TBD.

Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series: Heath History

Bernice Barnes, fourth great granddaughter of Sterling Barnes, one of the first settlers of Rockwall County, will portray Lucy Barnes Darr as part of the Stodghill Lecture Series.  Weather permitting, this lecture will be at 12 p.m. at the Heath Cemetery adjacent to the Baptist Church; alternatively, at the downtown historic courthouse.

Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series: History of the Texas Courts System

The Rockwall County Historical Foudnation invites the community to its FREE Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series on Friday, Oct. 12, at noon. John Browning will present a history of the Texas Courts System. The lecture will be held in the third floor courtroom of the Historic Courthouse on the Rockwall Downtown Square.

Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit

“The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit, A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds” is coming to Rockwall in August 2018.  The Rockwall County Historical Foundation will be hosting this traveling exhibit of rare photographs from August 23 through September 30.  Weekly exhibit hours Thursday through Saturday are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday:  1:00 – 6:00 pm.  The display may be seen at The Bailey House in Harry Myers Park, 903 E. Washington Street in Rockwall and enhanced by Rockwall County artists.  Admission will be $5.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.  For more information, contact rockwallhistory@gmail.com or call 972-722-1507.

Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U. S. frontier history.  Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals.  In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family.  Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah.  After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace.  The THC Texas Lakes Trail Region and Texas Trail of Fame sponsor the exhibit in an effort to bring more attention to the important Native American heritage in our region.

You are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Meet local historian Garvin Tate, Western artists Doug Agee, Susie Varner, Jim Bryant, and storyteller with Native American flutes Richard Nash.

Historian Garvin Tate will present additional information about Quanah Parker at the Stodghill Lecture Series on September 14, 2018 at noon in the historic, downtown Courthouse in the third floor courtroom.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

World War I Exhibits and Training Depot Reenactment

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I – the “War to End Wars” – the Terry Fisher American Legion Post, Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Rockwall Parks and Recreation have aligned to honor the United States efforts during the Great War.

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Rockwall County Historical Commission, and the DAR will host exhibits at the RCHF Museum and Bailey House at 815 Washington in Harry Myers Park.   These exhibits are private collections from citizens, DAR members and other contributors.  It will include pictures, weapons, artifacts and other historical items. The Bailey House will be the site for the exhibits and be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Founders Day, May 19.

The Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 will conduct an interactive history event for elementary-aged children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls will be reenacting enlistment, induction and basic training drills similar to those the “Doughboys” experienced 100 years ago. A Memorial Day Concert at The Harbor on Thursday evening, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. will highlight WWI in music and spirit.  Special emphasis will be given to the 21 veterans of military service from Rockwall who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWI.

Rockwall Founders Day Festival 2018

Come celebrate Rockwall’s 164th birthday this Saturday at Rockwall Founders Day Festival 2018! Presented by Rockwall Parks and Recreation, this free event will take place at Harry Myers Park all day long from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and features tons of fun for the whole family with live music, food and retail vendors, and a Kids Zone.

Headliner the Josh Abbott Band will take the Southwest Kia main stage beginning at 8 p.m., with country/southern rock singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings performing as the opener at 6 p.m. Other bands performing throughout the day include Whiskey Hat, Benton Lawson, Nick Snyder & the Real Deal, and Redwine Band.

Food and retail vendors will be on site all day for folks to shop arts and crafts, children’s items, jewelry, candles, ceramics and more. Be sure to stop by the Rockwall County Historical Foundation Museum located at the park and marvel at the RCHF and Daughters of the American Revolution exhibits featuring pictures, weapons, artifacts and other historical items. The Bailey House will be the site for the exhibits and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 will also conduct an interactive history event for elementary-aged children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls will be reenacting enlistment, induction and basic training drills similar to those the “Doughboys” experienced 100 years ago.

For more information visit playrockwall.com.

 

 

 

American Gothic Art Auction Fundraiser

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation is hosting an art auction fundraiser. We will distribute over 100 six-by-six inch canvases on which area artists and non-artists will create art (any media), donate and return for silent auction display and coordinating bid-sheets. Dinner will be served and wine will be available. $35 pp Reservations taken at rockwallhistory@gmail.com. A reservation made is a reservation paid!

Artists of any age are eligible to participate, including Rockwall ISD students. Any media  may be used on the canvas, including painting, watercolor, and photography. Interested artists are asked to come pick up a free canvas at the RCHF Museum located at 815 E Washington St. during Museum hours (Tues/Thurs 1-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

For more information call the Museum at 972-722-1507.

The Christmas Truce

The Rockwall High School theater group led by Ms. Leigh Shelton and at the request of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation will be presenting two equal performances, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, of “The Christmas Truce” at the RHS Main Stage Theater (901 W. Yellow Jacket Lane).

Admission is $20 per person for adults and $5 per person for students. This play reminds us of the true encounter of the German and British forces on Christmas Eve, 1914 as we honor the centennial year of World War I, “the war that changed the world.”

Time Before Rockwall County

Did you ever wonder what the land that is now Rockwall County was like before the white settlers, even before the Indians were here? Guest speaker Patti Canup will take us back in time to understand “before Rockwall County” in this Rockwall County Historical Foundation lecture at the downtown Historic Courthouse, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Hidden Gems Tour

Bus tour of little known historic landmarks and places of interest in Rockwall County.
Mark Russo – Tour Guide
Reservations required, seating is limited. $20 per person
Tour bus will board at the RCHF Museum at 901 East Washington Street.
Email: rockwallhistory@gmail.com or call 214-384-5580 to make your reservation
Please mail payment to: RCHF, P.O. Box 916, Rockwall, TX 75087
or make arrangements to pay at the gate.

Liberty Heights WWII and Korean War Veterans Meet and Greet

On Thursday, Feb 23, from 2-4 p.m. members of the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 of Rockwall, the Rockwall County Historical Foundation, and the staff and residents of Liberty Heights Retirement Community are hosting a meet and greet for the Veterans of WWII and Korean.  The affair is a casual gathering to allow for fellowship and comradery between these members of the Greatest Generation. For more information contact Cheryl Wynne at 214-763-4390.

RCHF Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series – The Rock Wall Revisited

Join the Rockwall County Historical Foundation for this popular annual program about the history of the rock wall for which the city is named after. Come hear about the most recent developments regarding Rockwall’s most unique underground formation.

The Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series presents programs of historical interest from noon to 1 p.m. in the third floor courtroom at the historic downtown Courthouse in Rockwall on the second Friday of the month unless otherwise indicated*.  Lectures are free and open to the public.