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 ..
One of the benefits of working at the village is that our offices are in historic houses. As curator, I get a whole cottage all to myself. It has something to do with my habit of stacking accumulated stuff everywhere-I need a lot of space. For years, my house has been the ugliest office in the village, with peeling paint, holes in the siding, and places on the porch where I had to warn people not to step. Today it is the prettiest, thanks to the efforts of three preservation heroes, and to a job training program at the Stewpot, a resource center for homeless and at –risk individuals. Their Stewpot Transitional Employment Program, STEP, places clients in jobs where they can learn new skills. One thing we never have a shortage of around the village is jobs needing doing, so ..
When last we wrote about City Park Elementary School (http://dhvblog.org/2012/05/01/so-long-city-park-elementary-school/), we mourned its closing. We were sad to lose our neighbors. We were sad that a huge building was sitting empty across the street from our entrance. And we soon came to deeply miss the sounds of kids playing on the playground. Earlier this summer, we heard a rumor that Vogel Alcove (https://vogelalcove.org/), a non-profit that provides childcare for homeless children under the age of 5, was leasing the building from Dallas ISD. Once the rumor was confirmed, I reached out to Karen Hughes, their Executive Director, to welcome them to the neighborhood and find out more about their plans. City Park Elementary will be undergoing extensive renovations, as the exis ..
This summer, we’ve had the pleasure to add some new members to the DHV team. Though we always hate to lose co-workers, there’s something pretty exciting about bringing new people on board. Without further ado, here are two very important new members of our small but mighty staff. Introducing Lisa Simpson, Development Manager (/images/postimages/snfa-dhv1.jpg) Lisa is all about the money, so of course, she would choose the Bank for her snfa-dhv2. As you may recall, our long-time Director of Development, Nancy Farina, died last summer. We wanted to take some time to really think about what skill set could come close to replacing her. Lisa Simpson comes to us from The Sixth Floor Museum, where she was Marketing Coordinator. Several of us on staff here al ..
(/images/postimages/annual-campaign.jpg) Several important things happen in September each year. Other than the reopening of schools, the start of football season, and the beginning of cooler (ha!) temperatures, that is. It is the Annual Campaign for the Future for Dallas Heritage Village. Why do we have an annual campaign for support, and why in the world do we have it in September? Taking the second question first: our fiscal year ends on September 30, so this is the month where we close out the books for this year and adopt our budget for the next year. Our fiscal year happens to match that of the City of Dallas, our partner in this museum venture, and it is a hold-over from the days when the vast majority of our funding came from the City. These days, while we sti ..