H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery Presents: “Before El Centro: Sanger-Harris”


Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery Presents: “Before El Centro: Sanger-Harris”

Sanger-Harris, the iconic Texas department store, returns home to Main Street in downtown Dallas

As part of the year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary, El Centro College presents “Before El Centro: Sanger-Harris,” an exhibit of historic clothing, promotional materials, and other related artifacts from the once iconic Dallas retailer, Sanger-Harris, from October 10 through November 4.

El Centro College, Vintage Martini, and the Dallas History & Archives are collaborating to present “Before El Centro: Sanger-Harris.” The exhibit will be housed in El Centro College’s H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery in the B Building (801 Main Street @ Lamar).

Although Sanger-Harris was technically created on February 6, 1961, when two local department stores, Sangers Brothers and A. Harris and Co., merged together, the organization has over 150 years of history that continues today as a part of Macy’s, Inc. Sanger-Harris was located at 801 Main Street, where El Centro College is now, until 1965 when the store moved to Akard Street and Pacific Avenue. El Centro College took over the Main Street building and began offering classes in 1966.

Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., October 10 through November 4.

For more information, please call 214-860-2115.


Sanger-Harris was once located where El Centro College resides today.

About Vintage Martini
Vintage Martini (www.VintageMartini.com) provides the best in fashion from yesterday and today.  Located in Dallas on Henderson Avenue, Vintage Martini is a consignment store specializing in historic clothing that sells hundreds of dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories to fashion enthusiasts around the world.

About the Dallas Public Library Archives
The Sanger-Harris Collection is part of the Dallas History & Archives, one of the largest of its kind in the nation with holdings that span many aspects of the diverse history of not only Dallas and the surrounding area, but the entire state of Texas. The department collects, preserves, and makes available to patrons information in text, graphic, audio, and video formats. The Dallas History & Archives Division is part of the Special Collections department, which also houses the Fine Books Division.

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