Office of History and Culture



Engaging and informative speakers bring a wealth of knowledge to each presentation of our lecture series. All lectures take place on the second floor of the historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square in the Commissioner's Courtroom. They are free and open to the public. Handicapped accessibility is located on the north side of the building on Oak Street. An elevator will take you to the courtroom located on the second floor.  


2017 Lecture Series

Wednesday February 8                          12 PM                   Dr. Andrew Torget presents “Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of Texas”

Wednesday March 22                            12 PM                       Dr. Katherine Landdeck presents “Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII”

Wednesday April 12                                6 PM                         Martin Matheny & Bob Miller present “An Interview Through Time”

Wednesday April 19                               12 PM                  Barbara Ortwein presents “German Immigration in Texas”

Wednesday May 17                                  6 PM                      Judy Clements presents “Beulah Harriss and The History of the Denton Girl Scouts"

August TBD                                                                             

September TBD                                        

Wednesday October 11                          12 PM                     Mike Cochran presents: “AG Lee and his Monument to John D. Rockefeller”

Wednesday November 15                       6 PM                   Jim Hodgson presents: "How Aviation Changes North Texas: 1910 to 1940 and Beyond"



Year-round:     Exhibit Openings
                        Tea & History
                        Heritage Business Recognitions

February:        Denton County Celebrates Black History Month

April:              Denton County Anniversary 
                     Volunteer Appreciation

June:             Juneteenth Celebration

September:     Hispanic Heritage Month

October:         PARK AFTER DARK

November:     Veterans Day                    

December:     Victorian Christmas


Denton County Celebrates Black History Month

Archaeology Day at the Woods House (1015 Hill Street in Denton)

 Friday Feb. 24, 1-3 PM

This year Denton County will move another former Quakertown house, the Woods House, to the Historical Park.  This is one of the last known Quakertown houses and is being moved to make way for Habitat for Humanity. Help us excavate around the house for clues and artifacts to learn more about the families that lived there!


Denton Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Saturday March 18, 10 AM to 2 PM

 Denton County Historical Park

 *List of events*
10:00 - Opening Ceremony led by members of GSNETX Honor Guard
10:15 - 10:30 - Girl Scout Shoe Box Parade
10:30 - 11:00 - Girl Scout Fashion Show
11:00 - 11:30 - Honoring past Girl Scouts
11:30 - 2:00 - Tours of the Bayless-Selby House, Tours of Quakertown House, Badge Booths of Early Girl Scouts, Tree Planting


Old Fashioned Field Day

 Saturday March 25, 10 AM to 2 PM

Denton County Historical Park

The Youth Advisory Council for the Denton County Office of History and Culture will be putting on an old-fashioned field day that is free and open to the public.

Kids of all ages are invited to participate in an Old Fashioned Field Day. Learn about the games children played in the early 20th century! Various activities will be available for kids of all ages throughout the day. Games of tug-of-war and sack races will be set up for those seeking a little competition. Those wanting to unleash some creativity can visit our old fashioned craft station. Tours of the Bayless-Selby House and Quakertown House will also be available.

Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

 Saturday April 1, 10 AM to 1 PM

Denton County Historical Park

 Come learn about the history of the trail and get a glimpse at what ranch life looked like in the mid-1800's. A few of the day's events will include roping and blacksmithing demonstrations, and trail songs performed by local musicians, Bob Miller and Martin Matheny. Miller and Matheny will perform "The Chisholm Trail" with original and traditional songs related to the Texas Cattle Drive.

This event coincides with the first day of the Denton Community Market, so come support local businesses while also learning about local history!


Denton County Farm Heritage Day

Saturday September 23, 9 AM to 1 PM

Denton County Historical Park

More details to come...



Friday October 20, 7 PM to 9 PM

Saturday October 21, 7 PM to 9 PM

Bayless-Selby House

On the night of Saturday November 22, 1919 an argument took place outside the Bayless residence, an argument that ended in death...

Travel through the Bayless-Selby House, located at 317 W Mulberry Street, to hear the accounts of key witnesses, town gossips, and from our own volunteers who have experienced more than a few unusual instances inside the house. Tours will be given throughout the night. FREE.


Victorian Christmas

Saturday December 16, TBD

Denton County Historical Park

More details to come...