Scroll down to see our exhibits that were displayed in Town Hall and the library.
— Quanah Parker: One Man, Two Worlds (summer 2022) [Learn more about Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, a warrior among the Plains Indians of Texas and the second as a pragmatic leader who sought a place for his people in a rapidly changing America.]
— Places People Still Talk About (summer 2021) [Enjoy a look at Southlake since the mid-1950s, when it became Southlake.]
— 1919 Carroll School: Where It All Began (summer 2019)
— The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War (summer 2018) [Read about a West Texas cowboy turned doughboy; a UT student from Fort Worth who shot down more German planes than any other Texan, yet lost his life in the influenza epidemic; and young men from now-Southlake who fought in the trenches.]
— Sharing Stories: Denton County, Southlake and the Wild West, 1840-1878 (summer 2017) [As told by outlaws, lawmen, a cattle baron, church ladies and a Kiowa chief whose death in 1878 inspired the demise of Larry McMurtry’s character Blue Duck.]
— Taking Flight: How Aviation Changed North Texas and Southlake (summer 2016) [From the 1950s-1980s, 10 or more landing strips, most of them grass, allowed pilots young and old to take to the skies over then-rural Southlake.]
— A Walk Through Time: Historical Photos of Southlake (summer 2015 and occasionally during 2015 to 2021)
Quanah Parker: One Man, Two Worlds
The society’s 2022 exhibit was on display July 9-Aug. 20 in the lobby of Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main Street.
The exhibit was researched and created in 2002 by then-Tarrant County Historical Commission members Doug Harman, Bob Holmes and Clara Ruddell. Most recently, the exhibit is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Lakes Trail region.
The dramatic story about Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and his mother Cynthia Ann Parker dates back to 1830s Texas. Cynthia Ann was captured at age 9 by the Comanche and lived with them for 24 years before being recaptured by the Texas Rangers and returned to the Parker family.
From the 1870s into the 20th century, her son Quanah Parker lived two vastly different lives: the first as a warrior among the Plains Indians of Texas and the second as a pragmatic leader who sought a place for his people in a rapidly changing America. He developed friendships with many notable men, including President Theodore Roosevelt who invited Quanah to his inauguration in 1905.
“Southlake’s link to Cynthia Ann is Malinda Frost Dwight Hill, a survivor of the 1836 attack on Parker’s Fort,” said historical society president Connie Cooley. “Malinda died in 1870 and is buried in Lonesome Dove Cemetery in Southlake.”
Fans of S.C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon know well the story of Cynthia Ann, and Malinda’s escape from the fort with her baby, mother, husband and others is chronicled on pages 16-18.
Places People Still Talk About
If you were a kid in Southlake after the town’s incorporation in 1956, there’s a good chance you sat in old Carroll Hill for elementary school, grabbed a candy bar at Village Grocery, later attended brand new Carroll High School and bought gas at Yates Corner Grocery.
Society members gathered photos from longtime residents and archived newspapers, looked through scrapbooks and yearbooks and culled comments from the Facebook page “You know you grew up in Southlake when…” to gather information for this summer 2021 exhibit.
1919 Carroll School: Where It All Began
“This is where it all began,” longtime Carroll ISD Supt. Jack D. Johnson said with emotion in 2009 as he stood in the 1919 Carroll School’s entryway before giving a tour to a Southlake Historical Society member.
From its start in 1919 until the 1960s, when new schools were built, the school was the centerpiece of the community. It’s where both Carroll ISD and the city of Southlake got their start (in 1956, residents came to the school to vote on whether to incorporate as a township).
The society’s 2019 exhibit celebrated the centennial of the school that locals called Carroll Hill School.
The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War
Trench warfare. Cowboys turned doughboys. An “ace” aviator shot down by Spanish influenza. Poppies. Armistice Day.
Remind me what war that was…
It was World War I — a war that changed the world.
The society’s 2018 exhibit commemorated the centennial of “the war to end all wars.”
Shared Stories: Denton County, Southlake and the Wild West, 1840-1878
In 2017, the Southlake Historical Society partnered with the Denton County Historical Commission to tell the history of Denton County and Southlake through the eyes of the larger-than-life characters and everyday people who lived it.
Taking Flight: How Aviation Changed North Texas and Southlake
For more than 100 years, aviation has placed a significant role in shaping North Texas. From the 1950s, 10 or more landing strips, most of them grass, allowed pilots young and old to take to the skies over then-rural Southlake.
The society’s 2016 exhibit showcased these.
A Walk Through Time: Historical Photographs of Southlake
In 2015, partnering with the Southlake Arts Council and Apex Arts League, the historical society presented an exhibit celebrating the history of our community through historical photographs.