Arlington's failed Seven Seas Marine Life park was troubled from its inception. Part 2 of The Saga of Seven Seas examines the rough waters encountered by Mayor Tom Vandergriff and the City of Arlington between the time of the park's groundbreaking ceremony and its opening in the spring of 1972. READ ARTICLE
Arlington Historical Society: Connecting Past, Present, & Future
The Arlington Historical Society, originally called the Cemetery Society, was founded August 27, 1887, to promote, develop, and support the process of collecting and preserving documents, pictures, and historical information pertaining to the founding and growth of Arlington, Texas.
Today the Society remains dedicated to the preservation of local history while serving as caretaker of the historic Fielder House where we are headquartered, the Fielder Museum, the city's historic cemeteries, and the Knapp Heritage Park.
The Fielder Museum is located at 1616 W. Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013, and is open 11AM to 3PM Tuesday through Saturday and other times by appointment. Admission is $5.00 for ages 12 and over, free for children under 12... LEARN MORE
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The Saga of Seven Seas (Part 2 of an Ongoing Series)
Students Share Artworks and Insights After Visiting Fielder Museum and Knapp Heritage Park
A group of young students who recently visited the Fielder Museum and Knapp Heritage Park produced sketches of their impressions. Their wisdom, insight, and even humor serve to illustrate how young imaginations are fired by exposure to history and historical places. View or download the PDF linked below to view their artwork and read their reflections — and enjoy!
Texas Authors Book Club Returns!
We’re excited to announce that the Texas Authors Book Club returns this fall. Sessions will be held monthly on the third Thursdays at Fielder Museum, from September to June, with a break in December for the holidays. Each month features a different book by a notable Texas author such as J. Frank Dobie, Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and others. With an exciting mix of books, and each month alternating between nonfiction and fiction, there’s something for everyone. The Texas Authors Book Club is a collaboration between the Arlington Historical Society and the Arlington Public Library.
Books are not provided to participants, but are available at the Arlington Public Library, used bookstores, or online. Feel free to attend one or all the sessions!
Below are the scheduled dates and featured books. Sessions start at 6:30 PM.
- February 15: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (fiction)
- March 21: The Great Plains by Walter Prescott Webb (nonfiction)
- April 18: The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook (fiction)
- May 16: In a Narrow Grave by Larry McMurtry (nonfiction)
- June 20: The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer (fiction)
Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington, Texas, takes readers on a journey through one of the most intriguing communities in the country. Located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is home to the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers baseball team, the original Six Flags Over Texas and the sprawling University of Texas at Arlington. The journey begins with a besieged fort on the muddy banks of the Trinity River and follows Arlington as it transitions from a pioneer village. That 180-year journey includes big time gambling (some legal and some not), gangsters and gunfights, opportunistic capitalism and a mix of shrewd and lucky politics that transform the city -- now with 400,000 people -- to a sports, entertainment and higher education Mecca.
Pick up your copy at the Fielder Museum or online at AMAZON.COM!
Knapp Heritage Park
201 Front St.
Arlington, TX 76011
Learning Arlington's History
Children from Saint Joseph's Catholic school are enjoying a day at Knapp Heritage Park. The children are learning what it was like to live in the pioneer days.
The historic Fielder Museum is home to the Arlington Historical Society and features themed exhibits and collections relating to the history and heritage of Arlington.
Knapp Heritage Park
Knapp Heritage Park is home to three of Arlington's oldest structures and serves as a public cultural and heritage facility. The Park is available for school tours, rentals, and more.
Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds
The Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds consists of three independently established cemeteries which serve as a monument to the history of Arlington and Tarrant County.
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