Farmers Branch Historical Park

Farmers Branch Historical Park The Historical Park is an open air museum that traces 175 years of Farmers Branch and North Texas history. Welcoming approximately 100,000 visitors a year, we offer tours, educational programs, special events and lectures.
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Now more than ever, it is important for you to document the local history unfolding around you. The Historical Park has ...
06/05/2020
COVID-19 Collective | Farmers Branch, TX - Official Website

Now more than ever, it is important for you to document the local history unfolding around you. The Historical Park has a long tradition of collecting oral history, and we are now inviting the public to submit their "Quarantine Stories" for our COVID-19 Collective which will be available for researchers and historians to utilize. These can include what you've been doing since quarantine, how you've been feeling, what you've noticed happening in your community, and more in the form of written narrative, photographs, recordings, and more.

To submit your story, please email [email protected] or feel free to send us a DM. More information, including a worksheet to help you get started, can be found here:
https://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1367/COVID-19-Collective

On this day in 1940, the "Miracle of Dunkirk" occurred when the British evacuated 338,226 allied troops from France via ...
06/04/2020

On this day in 1940, the "Miracle of Dunkirk" occurred when the British evacuated 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats.

Photo credit: Imperial War Museum

Farmers Branch Historical Park's cover photo
06/03/2020

Farmers Branch Historical Park's cover photo

Ay Batter Batter! We have some baseball trivia for our On This Day in History post today. In what year did baseball lege...
06/02/2020

Ay Batter Batter! We have some baseball trivia for our On This Day in History post today. In what year did baseball legend Babe Ruth retire on this day? Extra points of you know how old he was!

Happy Birthday to one of cinema's most famous icons, Marilyn Monroe.  Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on this day in 1926, sh...
06/01/2020

Happy Birthday to one of cinema's most famous icons, Marilyn Monroe. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on this day in 1926, she would've been 94 years old today if not for her untimely passing in 1962.

Pictured below is Monroe with her friend and music legend, Ella Fitzgerald.

05/29/2020

The Historical Park is excited to now offer tours by appointment! Tours will take place at 10 a.m. Monday - Friday in the month of June. Tour reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance and the cost is $3 per person. In order to follow the social distancing and capacity guidelines, at this time, only four structures will be toured and the maximum number of tour participants will be no more than five people per group. Historical Park staff and all guests must wear masks while touring the buildings and park grounds. For more information or to book a tour, please visit: https://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/300/Tours

Today is a somber day in history. On this day in 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, ...
05/28/2020

Today is a somber day in history. On this day in 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, beginning the infamous Trail of Tears.

The Trail of Tears was the relocation of approximately 60,000 Native Americans in the United States from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States, to areas to the west of the Mississippi River that had been designated as Indian Territory. The relocated peoples suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their new designated reserve, and approximately 4,000 died before reaching their destinations or shortly after from disease. The forced removals included members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations, as well as mixed-race and African peoples who lived among the tribes.

Pictured below is the famous painting depicting this journey by Robert Lindneux, 1942.

If you've visited our One-Room Schoolhouse, you'll remember all the slate chalkboards sitting on the desks eagerly await...
05/27/2020

If you've visited our One-Room Schoolhouse, you'll remember all the slate chalkboards sitting on the desks eagerly awaiting to be used! Here's a tutorial on how to make your own slate chalkboard using household materials! Post a picture of your chalkboard in the comments below! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to download your free printable pdf: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your last journal prompt! Journaling is a fun past-time for children ...
05/26/2020

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your last journal prompt! Journaling is a fun past-time for children and adults alike. Feel free to share your journal entry in the comments below! We hope you had a fun time this past month journaling with us! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to print off the complete journal, with additional prompts included: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

We hope you all are staying safe and healthy this Memorial Day! Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day origina...
05/25/2020

We hope you all are staying safe and healthy this Memorial Day!

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because Memorial Day weekend—the long weekend comprising the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day and Memorial Day itself—unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

05/22/2020

Don't forget! The Historical Park will be closed to the public this Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 23rd thru Monday, May 25th. We hope you and your families enjoy the weekend, and we will reopen with normal hours 8AM-6PM the following Tuesday. Remember, we are currently closed on the weekends.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center in the Magnolia Room o...
05/22/2020

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center in the Magnolia Room on Thursday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors can visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: fbcommunity to set up an appointment.

Please note that the Recreation Center will be closed for regular business and only those donating blood will be permitted inside the facility. Donors are required to wear a face mask.

Way to go The Branch Connection!! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB #FeelGoodFridayInFB
05/22/2020

Way to go The Branch Connection!! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB #FeelGoodFridayInFB

Shout out this #FeelGoodFridayInFB to The Branch Connection for serving so many older adults through their variety of drive-thru services. They host monthly birthday drive-thrus and give away birthday boxes. Every week since April, they've hosted twice a week drive-thrus for boxed meals. They also host drive-thrus to give away different activities to keep people 50 and better engaged during this time. The drive-thrus would not be successful without the help of the staff at The Branch Connection, Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, and Farmers Branch Aquatics Center. #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Let’s hear it for the ladies!  Charles Lindbergh may have been the first man to cross the Atlantic, but he was followed ...
05/21/2020

Let’s hear it for the ladies! Charles Lindbergh may have been the first man to cross the Atlantic, but he was followed just 5 years later by Amelia Earhart who left Harbor Grace, Newfoundland on the anniversary of Lindbergh’s landing in Paris, May 21, 1932. She set flight for Paris, but because of weather, she had to land in Londonberry, Ireland. Still, this was the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman!

Earhart went on to set aviation records and to be the first person to fly a trans-Pacific flight from Honolulu, HI to Oakland, CA. Sadly, it was in her attempt to fly around the world that she lost her life, and was never heard from or seen again.

Continuing with the great endeavors of travel, today in 1927 Charles Lindbergh left New York to attempt the first non-st...
05/20/2020

Continuing with the great endeavors of travel, today in 1927 Charles Lindbergh left New York to attempt the first non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight. He landed in Paris, 3500 miles away, and 34 hours later. He inspired many and helped change the future of travel.

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for chil...
05/19/2020

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for children and adults alike. Feel free to share your journal entry in the comments below! We will be posting prompts every Tuesday from today through May 26th at 11AM. #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to print off the complete journal, and follow along with us as we post prompts: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

05/18/2020

Facility Update: The Historical Park will be closed to the public this Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 23rd thru Monday, May 25th. We hope you and your families enjoy the weekend, and we will reopen with normal hours 8AM-6PM the following Tuesday. Remember, we are currently closed on the weekends.

Thank you to our amazing Parks and Rec Staff and our own Bonnie Neumann for their dedication for continuing to serving y...
05/15/2020

Thank you to our amazing Parks and Rec Staff and our own Bonnie Neumann for their dedication for continuing to serving you! #FeelGoodFridayinFB #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveinFB

This week for #FeelGoodFridayInFB, we wanted to share the wonderful work our teammates did this past week! Bonnie from the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Olivia and Shayla from the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, and Lydia from the The Branch Connection all went over to help out at Metrocrest Services this past week. #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

On this day in history the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) was formed in 1869 by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabe...
05/15/2020

On this day in history the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) was formed in 1869 by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The National Association was created in response to a split in the American Equal Rights Association over whether the woman's movement should support the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. NWSA opposed the Fifteenth Amendment unless it included women's suffrage. Men were able to join the organization as members; however, women solely controlled the leadership of the group. The NWSA worked to secure women's enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment.

Contrarily, its rival, the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), believed success for suffrage could be more easily achieved through state-by-state campaigns. In 1890 the NWSA and the AWSA merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Pictured below are suffragists Mrs. Stanley McCormick (Katharine McCormick) and Mrs. Charles Parker, dated April 22, 1913.

Has boredom started to settle in at your household? Try your hand at making this Victorian toy! Have you ever heard of a...
05/14/2020

Has boredom started to settle in at your household? Try your hand at making this Victorian toy! Have you ever heard of a Thaumatrope? Invented by English physician John A. Paris in 1826, the Thaumatrope (pronounced thomma-trope) uses the principle of "persistence of vision" to superimpose one image upon another and create a picture that doesn't really exist. Print these pages out, and post a picture of your Thaumatrope in the comments below! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to download your free printable pdfs: https://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for chil...
05/12/2020

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for children and adults alike. Feel free to share your journal entry in the comments below! We will be posting prompts every Tuesday from today through May 26th at 11AM. #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to print off the complete journal, and follow along with us as we post prompts: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

Did you know that the Historical Park documents local history through our oral history collection? Now, we need YOU to h...
05/11/2020

Did you know that the Historical Park documents local history through our oral history collection? Now, we need YOU to help us document this unprecedented time in modern history for our COVID-19 Collective! Please submit your "Quarantine Stories" either emailed to [email protected] or directly to our messages on this page. We've also created this helpful worksheet to as you begin to document your unique experiences. Visit here to download: https://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1367/COVID-19-Collective

On May 10, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in the United States with a ceremonial “Golden Spike” conne...
05/10/2020

On May 10, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in the United States with a ceremonial “Golden Spike” connecting Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads. This was monumental because it allowed travelers a much safer journey to the West Coast by train, rather than the treacherous crossing by covered wagon. Rapid growth and expansion soon followed greatly changing the “Wild West” forever.

Enjoy your #FeelGoodFridayinFB Mother's Day edition! Share your favorite photos with your mom with the hashtag to be fea...
05/08/2020

Enjoy your #FeelGoodFridayinFB Mother's Day edition! Share your favorite photos with your mom with the hashtag to be featured on the Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation page! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10 and in honor of Mother’s Day, we would love to see pictures of you with your mom for this week’s Feel Good Friday!

Share your pictures using the hashtag #FeelGoodFridayInFB for your chance to get featured on our social media channels. Remember we cannot see hashtags on private Facebook profiles, but you can use the hashtag on Instagram! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

One of the most momentous days in history occurred on May 8, 1945, V-E Day or Victory in Europe.  This day is celebrated...
05/08/2020

One of the most momentous days in history occurred on May 8, 1945, V-E Day or Victory in Europe. This day is celebrated by both the U.S. and Great Britain because it is the day that WWII ended in Europe with a signed non-conditional surrender by the Germans. The devastation of WWII is a lasting one we can still see today in cities across Europe.

May 8th is also the birthday for two notable men in American history, President Harry Truman and blues legend Robert Johnson. Pictured below is the second inauguration of Truman and one of the only two authenticated photos of Robert Johnson from the early 1930s.

We miss seeing students for field trips at the Historical Park. Every student receives a take-home activity booklet on t...
05/07/2020

We miss seeing students for field trips at the Historical Park. Every student receives a take-home activity booklet on these tours. In light of many schools shifting to online learning, we modified our school tour activity booklet for parents and teachers to print out and use! We hope you print these pages out and enjoy some interactive learning, until the next time you can visit the park! #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to download and print the complete activity booklet: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

Thank you is not enough for all of the healthcare professionals working tirelessly to protect us! We want to take a mome...
05/06/2020

Thank you is not enough for all of the healthcare professionals working tirelessly to protect us! We want to take a moment to shine the spotlight on our healthcare professionals. Whether you know someone who is a healthcare professional or are one yourself, we would love to feature you on our Parks and Recreation page!

Please email Varsha Sareen at [email protected] a photo, name, area of specialization, a couple of lines about you or the healthcare professional you’re submitting, and any message you or the healthcare professional you’re submitting might have for the public. The last day to submit bios is May 31.

Okay trivia buffs! Time to sharpen your skills and participate in Denton Drive Live Virtual Trivia tomorrow evening!
05/06/2020

Okay trivia buffs! Time to sharpen your skills and participate in Denton Drive Live Virtual Trivia tomorrow evening!

So, you think you're the ultimate Johnny Cash and Elvis fan? Then put on your thinking cap, grab your favorite beverage and join us for Thirsty Thursday Trivia Night online. Our first night features questions on these two iconic musical legends, and we're ready to crown a trivia "King!" Join us Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 right here. Prizes will be awarded. For more information visit www.dentondrivelive.com/thirstythursdaytrivia

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for chil...
05/05/2020

Journal alert-Tuesdays are for Journaling! Here is your journal prompt for today! Journaling is a fun past-time for children and adults alike. Feel free to share your journal entry in the comments below! We will be posting prompts every Tuesday from today through May 26th at 11AM. #SpreadTheLove #SpreadTheLoveInFB

Visit our website using this link to print off the complete journal, and follow along with us as we post prompts: http://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1352/21945/Educational-Resources-and-Facebook-Downl

Did you know Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862...
05/05/2020
Cinco de Mayo

Did you know Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War? The day, which falls on Tuesday, May 5 in 2020, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. It is commonly mistaken for Mexican Independence day, which actually is celebrated on September 16. Use the link below for more information on this celebration of Mexican culture that has swept the United States! https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during

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2540 Farmers Branch Ln
Farmers Branch, TX
75234

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Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
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This place reminds me of the historical sites on the east coast, which usually cost money to see, and often you have less to explore openly (though I suspect most of these exhibits can normally be seen through the windows when not open to the public. A lot is available to explore and this is the perfect place to showcase history, and I have no idea why I waited so long to check it out despite knowing about it for some time now. The reconstructed version of a General Store also reminds me of photos I came across when researching one my family would have owned from around the same time period (though just before the end of the 19th century) and it was great to photograph it, and even the buntings look like period pieces; in fact it reminded me of a video game called Bioshock Infinite which was turn of the century based, and used a lot of patriotic symbolism. Don't hesitate to check this place out as it has something for everyone, and I plan to find out when events are taking place. This locations hosts 'Star Parties' where people bring telescopes which you can drive into the park to assemble prior to dawn, and occasionally nearby is a Farmer's Market that opens around the time this place closes.
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! AGK GYMNASTICS presents EASTER AGG FUNT, an open house !! 🐰Hop on in and join us April 19 between the hours of 1 pm until 2:30 pm as we FLIP INTO SPRING! This is a rain or shine event so bring a friend and join the fun! 🐰AGK Gymnastics will host an Easter Egg hunt for ages 2- 5 years old. Kids of all ages will enjoy games, chef it up with us and decorate a yummy cookie. Plus open gym play, face painting, prizes and much more. Please come and JUMP into spring with us! #gymnastics #gymnast #flexible #flip #fun #training #gymnastlife #love #flipping #dance #cheer #fitness #gymlife #tumbling #easter #kids #agghunt #babyfun #farmersbranchtx #dallastx
The Metrocrest Chamber would love it if you'd swing by the 2018 #BusinessExpo this Friday, June 1 from 8 a.m. - noon @ Addison Conference and Theatre Centre. You'll have a chance to #network with the best businesses the #Metrocrest area has to offer, including Mutual of Omaha Bank, plus free food samples, door prizes, giveaways & more. Follow link for more details. #MetrocrestCofC #BestOfMetrocrest #B2B #B2C #TradeShow http://metrocrestchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2018-metrocrest-chamber-business-expo-3495
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I am forwarding a reply I got from the advertisement on my wall. This lady is a relative of her famous namesake, and does guest speaking. You may contact her if interested. Laura Ingalls Gunn I'm happy to come in costume and share family photos, etc.
Em and I had a great time helping our guest explore the idea of making butter in a mason jar. You just fill it 1/4 up, put a few pinches of salt, and then keep shaking until it becomes a ball. Every one said, "This tastes better than what they sell in the store." (Just Judy with Emily Tobey)
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