In Process, Natalie Ornish papers

January 26, 2022

Natalie Ornish, Associated Press, Omaha, 1945

Natalie Ornish, Associated Press, Omaha, 1945

New Year, new processing project for the Archives of Women of the Southwest. Archival processing is a crucial element of collections care; it’s how we begin to know what materials are included in a collection, how we ensure preservation, and the first step in making our collections available to the public.

This year I am kicking off with the papers of Natalie Ornish. During a research appointment last fall, it became apparent that I did not know as much about Mrs. Ornish or her work as I would need to in order to assist patrons with accessing her materials. With only a brief catalog record available I set out to understand her life and career. I took a deep dive into the unprocessed boxes in order to put together a more descriptive and accessible record of her papers.

Natalie Ornish was a Jewish Texas businesswoman, philanthropist and historian. Ornish did years of research to uncover the history of Jews in Texas and published several texts on the subject. Daughter of George Israel and Bess Moskowitz, Natalie Gene Ornish was born on February 14, 1926 in Galveston, Texas. She was 14 when she graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, 17 when she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Sam Houston State Teachers College, now Sam Houston State University. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the youngest person at the time to receive a graduate degree from Northwestern.

Bookstop Marquee

Bookstop Marquee

She was an editor for The Associated Press in Omaha, Neb., before returning to Galveston, where she worked in public relations. In 1949 she married Dallas dentist, Dr. Edwin P. Ornish. Following her stint in PR, Ornish founded Dallas Records and Natwin Creative Productions. As she raised her family, Ornish worked on an array of projects, beginning with lyrics for two long-playing records, Songs for Suburban Children, released in 1957, and The Ages of Childhood, in 1966. She also wrote a musical, Just Twelve, about the angst of being a preteen, which was produced at Dallas’ Theatre Three and Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth.

Book Pioneer Jewish Texans

Book Pioneer Jewish Texans

 

 

Ornish also produced a multimedia presentation, Texans All, as part of the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. In 1988, she founded Texas Heritage Press, which she used to publish Pioneer Jewish Texans: Their Impact on Texas and American History for 400 Years 1590-1990. The book was republished by Texas A&M Press in 2011.  She published Ehrenberg : Goliad survivor, Old West explorer in 1997, a translation of Ehrenberg’s memoir originally published in 1844: Der Freiheitskampf in Texas im Jahre 1836. In addition, she contributed 61 entries to the Handbook of Texas.

Natalie Ornish died on May 16, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Contact Samantha Dodd, curator of the Archives of Women of the Southwest for additional information or assistance with accessing the collections.

For access to these collections or to learn more about the women of the southwest, be sure to visit the DeGolyer Library and check out our books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and photographs.

 

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Pumpkin Eater

November 16, 2021

Pumpkin logo from the Compleat Pumpkin Eater

Pumpkin logo from the Compleat Pumpkin Eater

“Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” is an English language nursery rhyme first published in Infant Institutes, part the first: or a Nurserical Essay on the Poetry, Lyric and Allegorical, of the Earliest Ages, &c., in London around 1797.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am all about pumpkins. From decorations to drinks, apparel to recipes, if it looks like, smells like, or tastes like a pumpkin, count me in. While there are many pumpkin enthusiasts out there, I never knew another whose obsession could revival mine; that is until I learned more about Dallas’ own Caroline Rose Hunt.

Caroline was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on January 8, 1923, to Haroldson Lafayette and Lyda Bunker Hunt. She attended school at Hockaday, Mary Baldwin College, and the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Cover the Compleat Pumpkin Eater

Cover the Compleat Pumpkin Eater

 

 

Known as a savvy business woman, she founded Rosewood Hotels &  Resorts, a worldwide chain of exclusive properties in the 1980s. It began when Caroline purchased an old Dallas Mansion about to be torn down, and built the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. She went on to own and manage twenty two luxury hotels around the world, as well as a line of luxury bathing and skin products.

Though she was a very successful hotelier and business woman, Caroline had many passions in life. One was pumpkins, the other to be a writer. In 1980 she published The Compleat Pumpkin Eater cookbook. Books were sold at her hotels including the Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas.

 

 

 

Recipe for Pumpkin Almond Bisque

Recipe for Pumpkin Almond Bisque

In 1983 Caroline was awarded first place in the Houston March of Dimes Gourmet Gala for her original almond pumpkin bisque. Inspired by her love of pumpkins, and a trip to Italy, she commissioned Rosewood’s food consultant Wolfgang Puck, to create a pasta dish using pumpkin to be the featured item in her award-winning hotel restaurants.

On top of publishing a cookbook of pumpkin recipes, and commissioning pumpkin inspired recipes for her restaurants, Caroline even owned a charter helicopter company called Pumpkin Air. Now that is dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 438 different pumpkin recipes in the Compleat Pumpkin Eater, but here are a few for the upcoming holidays.

Iranian eggplant and pumpkin casserole

Iranian eggplant and pumpkin casserole

Pumpkin stuffed mushrooms; Mushroom porcupines with pumpkin see quills

Pumpkin stuffed mushrooms; Mushroom porcupines with pumpkin see quills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Samantha Dodd, curator of the Archives of Women of the Southwest for additional information or assistance with accessing the collections.

For access to these collections or to learn more about the adventurous women of the southwest, be sure to visit the DeGolyer Library and check out our books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and photographs.

 

 

 


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