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All Atwitter with the Junior Historians

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Today concludes the induction and training of our 2014 class of Junior Historians. Junior Historians are volunteers from the ages of eleven to seventeen who help at the Village. They give tours of our various homes and buildings, they help with special events, and they complete a project each year (past projects include the exhibits in the Doctor’s Office and the Worth Hotel). This year the new class will work on a project focusing on the Renner School House. We have 7 new Junior Historians joining the team this year and over this week they have been learning all about the village, volunteering, and how to give tours. Today concluded their camp and they actually served as tour guides for five of our buildings. Heather and Makayla gave tours of Millermore, one of our  ..

High Flyin’ Flags

Published on Friday, June 06, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/Event_Detail)Join us for June’s Family Past Times on Saturday, June 14th . For this event all children (and dads!) will receive free admission to the village, so bring the whole family! The theme of the day is High Flyin’ Flags, celebrating Flag Day and it will offer a wide variety of activities for families to take part in. We also highly encourage “dad participation” as an early Father’s Day celebration. Flag Day was first declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 by national proclamation. In August of 1949, Congress officially established Flag Day and while it is not a federal holiday, it is still widely recognized and observed. The holiday honors the anniversary of the official adoption of the flag of the United States of Ameri ..

The Last Job Title

Published on Friday, March 07, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Ten years ago, my boss burst into the copier room and said “There’s an opening at Old City Park. You should apply. I’ve already sent them your resume.” I was working as an intern at Heritage Farmstead in Plano, so it’s perhaps less surprising that my current employer was trying so hard to get rid of me. I had an interview a few days later, was offered the job, and accepted. (/images/postimages/100_4041.jpg) During a Barnyard Buddies program in 2006. At the time, I said to my mother that I figured this would be a 2-3 year stint and then I’d move on. I had assumed that there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities to create new programs or leave my mark on the organization. My mother has spent most of the last ten years reminding me ..

Main Street Life

Published on Saturday, March 01, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Last week, the Village lost a dear friend and colleague, Eric Russell. Our visitors better know him as Mr. Schmidt. (/images/postimages/eric.jpg) A few years after we opened the Saloon in 2004, we started thinking about adding a Main Street History Educator to rotate between the Bank, the General Store and the Saloon. At almost the exact same time, Eric asked me if there were any openings at the museum. He was scaling back his interior design business and wanted to spend more time with us. Eric’s involvement with DHV stretched back many years–he began as a volunteer and quickly became a part of the DHV Guild. Over the years, he helped plan luncheons, assisted with fundraisers and even served a stint as President of the Guild (still the only male to do so!). I ..

The New York Transplant – From You Guys to Y’all

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
It’s been 6 months since I made the spontaneous decision to pack my meager belongings and hightail it out of the bustling New York City to Dallas Heritage Village. Best decision I have ever made. This past May I graduated with a Masters in Museum Studies from New York University and was slowly being drained of my love for museums. I needed to get out. I always joked that I would take a job in Idaho just to get away from the fast pace, bottom of the ladder, barely paid existence I had been living. When I had seen the Reservations Coordinator post on the Texas Association of Museums website (which I checked daily) I was thrilled. Here was a job that I had an ample experience in, and not only was paid but somewhere thousands of miles away from the concrete jungle that  ..

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