Lancaster Historical Society is on a mission to preserve the heritage and to protect the historic buildings and sites of Lancaster, Texas. The Society is responsible for maintaining the historic MKT Depot and the Rose Garden located on East Pecan Street south of the town square. Each year the Society sponsors several community events including Champagne & Chocolates in February, Dinner in the Rose Garden in May, and in October – Oktoberfest!
MKT Depot and Rose Garden – 225 East Pecan Street map
“The Bataan Death March: A Survivor’s Story, Col. Robert W. Jackson”
as told by his daughter Marye Jackson Scantlin.
Marye Jackson Scantlin the stories and facts of her father’s WWII experiences during the fall of Bataan, the infamous death march and subsequent four year imprisonment. Ms Scantlin will present materials, maps and photographs from her father’s and her own collection.
Join us at the LHS General Meeting on July 21, 2013, at 3:30 pm in the Historic MKT Depot and Memorial Rose Garden.
This calendar published by Lancaster Genealogical Society back in 1985 features sketches of historic buildings. On many of the drawings the artists are identified, we are looking for artists bios to go with each of the postings.
1985 Calendar Cover
Learn more about the Lancaster Genaelogical Society.
Chef Carlos supports the Lancaster Historical Society, lets return the favor and visit this fantastic restaurant! Please click here to see the latest:
Weekly Blue Plate Specials, Thursday Night Grill Out and Fresh Fish Fridays!
As the spring storm season begins, we can’t help but remember those who have helped us through the storms of the past. Read the story – Gifts that Keep on Giving 2013 Update
The first rose of the year
The Memorial Rose Garden is ready for a spring of special events thanks to the volunteers who helped spread some love around, in the form of mulch, on Mulch Day and to the fine folks at Living Earth
in Lancaster for providing the mulch.
For five years Living Earth has provided mulch to the Society to keep the roses warm and the weeds out. We appreciate their support!
Are you planning a special shower or party this spring? The Memorial Rose Garden and Historic MKT Depot are available for rental. Find out more on our Depot Rental page.
Did you know that there are over 300 sites in Lancaster that have been identified as historic assets in a Dallas County Historical Commission survey? Show your support for your community and for the history of Lancaster by becoming a member of Lancaster Historical Society.
Annual dues are still just $15 for individuals, $25 for families (2 individuals), and $35 for corporate level. Dues are tax-deductible.
Learn more and join now.
We are working on adding more information and photos on the historic sites in and around Lancaster to our website. For now, we have added a list of sites dedicated through the Society and through the Texas Historic Commission. View the list of Lancaster’s historic sites.
Randy A. Carlisle
We are pleased to welcome Randy A. Carlisle of RAC Photography as the Society’s new Historical Photographer. Randy is a long time resident in the area and his passion for old structures makes him a perfect addition to the Society. Randy will be helping us record Lancaster’s history through photography. Watch for his photos as we continue to document history on our website.
Check out the photographs Randy has already taken of Lancaster on his website: www.flickr.com/photos/racphotography
Despite a bit of gloomy weather, a crowd was on hand on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to witness the unveiling of a historical marker honoring Lancaster City Marshal Peter M. Solomon who lost his life in the line of duty in November 1912.
Among the attendees was Paula Bohanan, the great grandaughter of Solomon. “I appreciate all the hard work and effort, and I’m sure money that went into doing something like this… for someone strictly out of respect,” she said.
Crowd attending Solomon marker dedication.
Peter M. Solomon
On Saturday, November 2, 1912 at 7:30 pm, Lancaster City Marshal Peter M. Solomon was accidentally killed in the line of duty. The Marshal was struck while attempting to flag down a train at the Valley View station of the Interurban Railway which ran through Lancaster along Dallas Ave.
The marker, located at 100 Old Red Oak Road, Lancaster, was dedicated on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11:00 am. Lancaster Historical Society partnered with the City of Lancaster to honor this fallen hero. map
Read newspaper articles covering the event and correspondence from a descendant offering more details about Marshall Solomon.
Click here for the Dallas Morning News article concerning research being done to find fallen officers: Sleuthing for forgotten heroes