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OH 2059

Elected first woman mayor of Marshall, Texas, in 1994. Her legacy of work, fund-raising and restoration efforts in Marshall and East Texas. Accomplishments include founding the Marshall Public Library, construction of the Marshall Civic Center Auditorium and the restoration of the Harrison County Courthouse. Kariel tells of her life-long commitment and duties in civic and cultural leadership and preservation and in transportation issues affecting East Texas, serving on a variety of local and regional transportation committees. More information on Mrs.

OH 2046

Events of the week of the “Texas Blackout” (February 14 - 20, 2021) as experienced by David Carlson, a resident of Sanger, Texas, where he owns a ranch (cattle, sheep, chickens, dogs). Carlson struggled to preserve the lives of his dogs and sheep during a mass-birthing event during the 2021 snow storm.

OH 2051

Events of the week of the “Texas Blackout” (February 14 - 20, 2021) as experienced by Mari Collins, a resident of a neighborhood in North Fort Worth, Texas, that experienced a power outage for over 60 hours.

OH 2052

The early life and experiences growing up in Denton, Texas, raised by his grandmother and his struggles overcoming a speech impediment. Attended Fred Moore High School. Actively involved in sports led to a career of coaching in football, girls’ basketball, track and golf in Denton, Texas and in Missouri. Received many awards and recognition in both his coaching and teaching career as District Teacher of the Year, 2001. A 2010 Langston University Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

OH 2053

Oral History interview with Tracy Achor Hayes, whose career as a fashion journalist covered the Dallas fashion industry and brought international fashion coverage to the metroplex. She was a long-time writer for Fashion!Dallas, part of the Dallas Morning News, helped found “FD Luxe” magazine, and also worked with Neiman-Marcus on The Book.

OH 2042

Experiences as a North Texas student (BA, Aquatic Biology, 1964; MA Aquatic Biology/Microbiology, 1966), including involvement in Denton’s civil rights movement, experiences as a PhD student at UNC (Applied Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 1971) and professor at UNC, experiences with water treatment and wastewater treatment.

OH 2041

Naomie Rudelson shares experiences as a retailing executive whose career grew in the Dallas fashion scene. While her first fashion experiences were working at Gus Mayer in New Orleans and then working at Dalton’s while attending Louisiana State University, shortly after graduation she moved to Dallas to complete a junior executive training program through the department store Sanger Brothers in 1956. She worked at the Highland Park and Preston Center branches of the store, rising to the level of buyer before becoming the first female vice president of a Federated Department Store in 1974.

OH 2040

Larry Leathers shares his experiences creating “frozen theater” as a visual merchandising professional. Starting in 1981, Leathers worked with retailer Nieman-Marcus to create displays ranging from in-store mannequin tableaus to large-scale window installations, particularly for Christmas. He describes the in-house education provided by other merchandising professionals at Neiman’s, his professional growth echoing the retailer’s growth towards a national and more corporate model.

OH 2039

Ruth Ann Johnstone shares her experience in visual merchandising in the Dallas fashion industry. After studying fashion history, design, and merchandising at Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas, Johnstone worked as a “trimmer” at retailer Titche-Goettinger in downtown Dallas, transitioning to a similar position in at NorthPark Neiman-Marcus in 1973 and later working for Neiman-Marcus corporate in downtown Dallas.

OH 2038

Susan Huston speaks about her fifty-year career serving as a model, stylist, runway producer, and workshop creator. Early on, Huston participated in pageants and later attended Bauder Fashion College in Arlington, Texas. Her career expanded to include many facets of the fashion industry, notable starting a “charm school” program at Leonard’s Department Store (later Dillard’s), serving as a model at various events and formally through the Kim Dawson Agency, and serving as an editor for several fashion magazines.