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Bath House Cultural Center Seeks Vintage Photos of White Rock Lake for Art Exhibition

Did you swim at the Bath House when it was known as the Municipal Bath House on the shore of White Rock Lake? Did your parents dance on the Bonnie Barge? Do you have photographs of those bygone days? If so, Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Bath House Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator of Exhibitions, would like your help with an upcoming art exhibition, We Used to Swim Here. The Bath House Cultural Center is looking to borrow historical photographs taken at White Rock Lake in the 30s, 40s, and 50s to display in the White Rock Lake Museum Gallery at the Bath House Cultural Center from July 10 to November 20, 2010. The deadline for submitting entries will be Saturday, May 29, 2010.

The Curator will be presenting these images in an exhibit that will open with the Festival of Independent Theaters (FIT) in July and remain in the Museum Gallery through November. The organizers of the exhibition would like to visit with people willing to loan their good-quality historical or vintage photos of the Bath House. Because the Curator realizes that these are beloved images, copies of the originals will be made and 25-30 photographs will be displayed in an 8″ X10″ format in the exhibition. Original photographs will be returned to the owners.

The Bath House Cultural Center asks potential photo donors to drop in at the Bath House and visit him with the photos, or make high-resolution digital copies, put them on a disk and send them to Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Bath House Cultural Center, 520 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX, 75218. Please include contact information so he can return the original photos.

Contact Enrique Fernández Cervantes at the Bath House, Tuesdays through Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m., at 214-670-8723 or via e-mail at

About the White Rock Lake Museum

The Bath House Cultural Center is the home of the White Rock Lake Museum. The museum’s mission is to preserve and present the human and natural history of White Rock Lake Park and its surrounding environment. The White Rock Lake Museum was inaugurated in September 2004.

Please visit the museum’s website at

The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas. The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Location and Hours

The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at the end of Northcliff Dr. off of Buckner Blvd. at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218.

The Bath House Cultural Center’s regular hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday from 12 PM to 6 PM. The center is open until 10:00 PM on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath House Cultural Center, please call (214) 670-8749 or visit the center’s website at

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