(/images/postimages/072108-003.jpg) Clover and Barney on patrol. Rodents beware! Mother Nature has been busy this year at the village, producing kittens. The spaces beneath our buildings make for appealing feline nurseries, and some expectant mothers have taken advantage of that. We may have as many as 20 cats on site right now. Four are existing barncats, all spayed or neutered, who have lived here for years. The others are newcomers, eager to carry on the tradition of mass reproduction. We have space on our grounds for all 20 cats, and we certainly have jobs for them all. Remember, we have buildings that are often empty of humans, we have barns, and we have animal feed, and that all attracts rodents. Now that we have a family of five vicious hunters living under th ..
Guest Post by Michael Duty, DHV volunteer and art sale coordinator In the early 1880s, cattlemen brothers Frank and Romie Houston invited a young artist from Terrell to join them on a cattle drive just south of the Wichita River near Wichita Falls (which at the time was hardly more than a water stop on the Fort Worth and Denver rail route). The round up proved to be a pivotal experience for budding artist, Frank Reaugh. He had only recently moved from Illinois with his parents to a cotton farm in the fertile bottom land just thirty miles from Dallas. While his parents worked the land, Reaugh set about honing his natural artistic skills by copying the paintings he found as illustrations in magazines and the pictures of animals that he found in the works of naturalists Louis Aga ..
Bennett Miller, a great friend to the Cedars neighborhood and Dallas Heritage Village died on May 18 at the age of 84. Bennett’s published obituary headline referred to him as a “Developer Who Pioneered City’s Loft Housing Trend.” This is accurate enough, but hardly does justice to his many accomplishments and the lasting impact he had on all who knew him. I attended his funeral on Monday, heard from the many different people who knew him in their own way and, as the service progressed, enjoyed seeing how the different roles that Bennett played all fit neatly into one package. As sometimes happens at “good” funerals, I realized that there was much about him I had not known, and I went away wishing that I had spent more time with him. I ..
(/images/postimages/sheep1.jpg) Winston and Starbuck make themselves at home. The flock at the DHV farmstead just doubled in size with the arrival of two new sheep. Our existing flock of two Rambouillet sheep, MayBelle and Marvella, couldn’t feel any safety in numbers without more friends. Sheep rarely make use of social networking opportunities, so the human staff searched the hinterlands, looking for compatible, people-oriented sheep interested in museum work. The successful candidates were raised on a bucolic farm in the town of Blue Ridge, in northern Collin County. Their mama is a Baby Doll Southdown, a diminutive breed of sheep. Daddy, however, was a standard, large Southdown, so the boys weigh in at 200 pounds. As Southdowns, they can trace their heritage ba ..
(/images/postimages/pdkillion_mg_33891.jpg) The silk dress worn by Fanny Fechenbach Sanger for her wedding in 1879 will soon leave Browder Springs Hall, where it has been on display since the Cedars Stories exhibit opened March 14. Like a bikini-clad girl falling asleep on the beach, it is in danger of getting too many damaging rays. The light streaming in the Hall’s big windows is harmful to a vintage textile. To be honest, almost everything is harmful to a vintage textile: light, heat, moisture, dryness, dirt, bugs, cleaning, handling, and frequently even the protective tissue paper in which people wrap them. The UV rays in sunlight can weaken the silk fibers over time, and will quickly change the color of the fabric. Darkness is the textile’s friend, and so thi ..