What do you want to do?

Published on Friday, August 08, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
As the school year ears, our summer intern Sarah is returning her final semester. She wanted to leave us with a few words of her internship experience. Here she is, pictured center, with Hendrix Alumni Elizabeth Qualia (Guest Services Representative) and Melissa Prycer (Executive Director and President). (/images/postimages/hendrix-pic.jpg) What do you want to do? When I’m asked this question by a family member, professor, friend, or new acquaintance, I often struggle with how to answer. With the exception of my lofty 8 year old dreams of a career as a professional gymnast which were foiled by a growth spurt, I have never known what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know the subjects that interest me, and the skills I perform well. I have taken the personality te ..

Shopping for the Village

Published on Friday, August 01, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Today is August 1st which also means it is the first day that Dallas Heritage Village is closed for the rest of the summer. This past summer was wonderful with new events such as The Front Porch Showdown, a battle of the bands- bluegrass style, along with annual events such as our Old Fashioned Fourth Celebration. We appreciate all of the visitors who came out to the village, both new and familiar faces. Your constant participation helps this museum operate and allows us to keep all of our wonderful buildings in working order. One way that really helps the museum is all of your generous donations throughout the year and though we are closed for the month, there are still ways you can help the village. In this case, no extra money is even required. Instead you can help the Vill ..

A simple good-bye letter

Published on Friday, July 25, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
A letter from Elizabeth, our Guest Services Representative, as she prepares to leave for graduate school in August. July 25, 2014 Dear Dallas Heritage Village Visitors, Volunteers, and Staff, You may know me. I work in the ticket office. I will be leaving soon (too soon) and before I go I asked if I could share some of my favorite things and favorite moments from working there this past year. There is a lot to recommend the Dallas Heritage Village to me and of course I’m biased, I work here. When I started in the Ticket Office at the DHV, I was super excited because it was my first actual job in a museum. Finally, I would be paid for doing something that I love! Honestly, I didn’t really know too much about the Village. I’d heard about it, s ..

In the Heart of the Cedars

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
In 1876, J. J. Eakin gave our fair city a parcel of land which soon became City Park. It was Dallas’ first park, and soon, a lovely neighborhood grew up around the park. The neighborhood became known as the Cedars for the many cedar trees in the area. As often happens with cities, tastes and trends change. Wealthier residents began to move away, and the neighborhood became mostly working class. In the mid-1960s, Interstate 30 cut through the Cedars, separating the neighborhood from the rest of downtown. Half of the original City Park land was lost, along with many beautiful homes. By 1969, a new vision for City Park was emerging. Millermore, a historic home from Oak Cliff, had been moved to City Park. And so began the museum you now know as Dallas Heritage Villa ..

An Original American Doll

Published on Friday, July 11, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/img_0083.jpg) One of the most popular sites at any museum is the gift shop. This is the place where someone can find their own piece of the museum to take home. The museum store here at Dallas Heritage Village has gone through multiple location changes (it was even once located in the back of the Train Depot) and name changes (our mailing labels still say Mc Calls Store). One thing over the years has not changed however, and that is the selling of Clothespin Dolls handmade by our own Barbara Brockett. Barbara grew up at a time when clothespins were used to hang the wash outside to dry. Being from a family of women who were talented in sewing and refashioning clothes, Barbara developed a talent for sewing early on. She explains that clothespins we ..

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