Mary Katherine Benavides, Madison Ridgway, Courtney Peach and Brittany Montgomery. Photo courtesy of Junior League of Dallas.

The Junior League was established in 1901, before women in the United States had the right to vote. The Dallas League was formed decades later, in 1922, shortly after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

In 100 years, the Junior League has provided women an opportunity to engage in philanthropic activities. The Junior League of Dallas, which started with 40 members, now has nearly 5,000 women. Each year, they participate in more than 130,000 hours of volunteer service and provide about $1 million in funding to local nonprofits.

Kids in the Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Dallas.

An exhibition now on display at the Hall of State, “Legacy of Leadership, Devotion to Dallas,” showcases the history of the Dallas League. In videos, photographs, documents and more, neighbors can learn about the projects the organization has aided, including the restoration of the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House in South Dallas. There’s even interactive portions, like the “Kids in the Kitchen” exhibit, which teaches kids and adults about nutritious eating.

“Legacy of Leadership, Devotion to Dallas” is open until Oct. 17 at the Hall of State in Fair Park.