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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
(/images/postimages/130926_0015.jpg)After 18 years as president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village, I have officially stepped back into a part-time role as director of strategic projects. In that new role I will now assist with capacity building fund raising and other projects at the Village, focusing first on the future of our property at 1610 South Ervay (formerly Yellow Cab), and later on endowment fund raising and planned giving. Succeeding me at Dallas Heritage Village is Melissa Prycer, who has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the Board of Trustees. Melissa has worked closely with me for many years, serving as educator and associate director and absorbing steadily increasing responsibility through the years. Well regarded both at the Village a ..
This past Saturday, the secret society of Dallas historians gathered for our yearly convocation, the Legacies Dallas History Conference. We met at Dallas’ Federal Reserve Bank to eat breakfast sweets, buy rare books, tell each other insider history jokes, and listen to four brilliant presentations, plus mine which it would be immodest of me to call brilliant. Whether amateur historian or professional, or even a guest unfamiliar with our world, everyone had a good time. I learned so much, enough to make it worth being someplace at 8:00 AM on a cold Saturday morning. First, if you were considering robbing the Federal Reserve Bank, don’t do it. Their security is phenomenal. If you are pure of heart, they will let you in, to see the wonderful architecture and exhibit, wh ..