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In Tribute To Our Friend Nancy Farina 1958-2012

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Nancy Farina was Vice President for Development and Capital Giving at Dallas Heritage Village and an employee at the museum from 1992 until her death this past week. Following is my tribute to our long-time friend and colleague. I first met Nancy when I was being interviewed for the director’s position in 1995. Then-trustee Walter Abbey organized a “get acquainted” lunch for me and several staff members at our Brent Place Restaurant. As we went around the table introducing ourselves, Nancy turned to me and asked me if I was a baseball fan. I replied that I was, and she nodded her approval, signaling that she knew we would get along just fine. Thereafter, few days passed where we did not have at least one brief conversation about the Texas Rangers. Nancy a ..

The Hidden History of the Hotel

Published on Friday, August 17, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Repair work on the rear of the Worth Hotel is almost complete. It has been a fascinating process, because we uncovered so much evidence about the history of the hotel. Like many buildings, most major changes, such as additions, were in the back. Each left evidence for our intrepid detective, or rather carpenter, and his curator sidekick to discover. The hotel that stands so peacefully in the museum today has had an exhaustingly complex life. The simple rectangle you see today started out as a smaller rectangle. Then it grew longer. Then it became the top of a T when a new wing was added. Then the back got a new porch. Then the back burned and they repaired it. Then it moved to the museum, but we only took the front part. This summer, we removed much of the siding to repair ..

A Chair’s Tale or The Story of How a Simple Chair Reflects a Family’s History

Published on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/chair.jpg)This very ordinary chair began life as part of a small desk and chair set that belonged to my wife, Annette, who grew up in Mt. Vernon, Ohio in the 1950s and 1960s. According to her recollection, the set was just “always in her room” when she was growing up. Appropriately enough, when she entered college in 1970, it was left behind. Annette and I married in 1973 and soon reached the stage where we were looking for furniture—any furniture—to fill up our apartment. Probably about the time when her parents moved to Indiana in 1975 and were looking to clear stuff out, we were offered the desk and chair set, and we were grateful to get it. Over the years this small but flexible set was used for a variety of purposes in a variet ..

The Food Trucks are Coming!

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/cl2011_bm0162.gif) Food trucks were first at DHV during Candlelight. Yes, the rumors are true! We are going to have Food Trucks here at DHV on a regular basis, beginning July 28. We are collaborating with a Cedars group that is serving as brokers, working as go-between for DHV and independent food trucks. As you have probably noticed, food trucks are the hottest new trend in the food business, and if you have been in the Arts District or at the Sigels Parking lot on lower Greenville, you’ve seen how popular they are. Our Cedars brokers have made arrangements with a pool of around 15 food trucks, all of whom are interested in participating in a new Cedars Food Park at DHV. A portion of the proceeds will benefit DHV. To start, we plan to h ..

Summer Reads

Published on Thursday, July 12, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Even though I haven’t been eligible to join the summer reading program at the library for many years, I always get an itch to do a lot of reading in the summer months. Perhaps it’s because it’s so hot outside. What’s better than sitting in a comfortable chair under a ceiling fan, reading the afternoon away? And I’m not alone, at least not here at Dallas Heritage Village. Just about all of the staff are huge readers–probably an unofficial requirement to work in a museum. Here are a few things that we’ve been reading: Gary Smith, Executive Director Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard Destiny of the Republic is about the assassination of President James Garfield, but more importantly, it is about the appalling (by moder ..

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