What White City?

Visiting the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park gives visitors a glimpse into Dallas and North Texas life from 1840 to 1910. Kids especially love touring the 38 historic structures that have been moved to the park's 13 acres. But buildings don't reveal the struggles early residents had in a Dallas dominated by undercurrents of racial, class and religious discrimination, with city leaders creating a "white metropolis" in which black, Hispanic and Jewish Dallasites jockeyed to participate on a "sliding scale" of whiteness. The Chautauqua Lecture Series' Village Readers (sponsored by the Dallas Heritage Village) will meet and discuss White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, the controversial book by historian Michael Phillips, 6 p.m. Thursday at SMU Bookstore on Mockingbird Lane. Admission is free. Call 214-413-3671 or email mprycer@dallasheritagevillage.org.
Thu., Oct. 12, 6 p.m.

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