At the annual membership meeting on September 29 (6:00 p.m. at the Browder Springs Hall) we are going to do more than the usual ceremonial business meeting We are going to have a great little history program as well, one that will “bring the present up to the past.” Do you ever listen to BackStory with the American History Guys? What I love about this show are the lively and accessible historical discussions that lend perspective to today’s issues. At our annual meeting we will have our own version of BackStory. We have lined up three Dallas historians to discuss how Dallas has faced adversity in the past. Specifically, I have asked them to address this topic: given the economic and political turmoil that we have experienced in the p ..
I just love a new addition to our collection of antiques—and this one is a doozie! We have lots of trunks: wooden trunks, leather trunks, big ones and little ones and one for a doll. Now, we have a wardrobe trunk in wonderful condition. A wardrobe trunk is a much cleverer version of a regular travel trunk. If we still used trunks today, this is the one the Container Store would carry. It is sort of like a chest of drawers and a closet that folds up into a box. (/images/postimages/trunk.jpg) The wardrobe trunk didn’t appear until after 1890 and really came into its own after 1900. This one is late enough to be pushing our museum’s time period. I think it was made after 1910. They are actually more Edwardian than Victorian, and you can imagine ..
This fall, Village Academy classes are back! In my head, I’ve been calling it Village Academy 2.0, because we’re doing it just a wee bit differently. How so? We launched Village Academy classes back in 2005. The idea was to create a series of hands-on classes on historical topics that may or may not occur in our classroom space. When you only have one real classroom space (the second floor of the school), you have to get creative! For the very first series, we had classes for adults, teens and younger kids. However, only the kid classes seemed to work, so in later years, we focused just on the kids. A variety of staff members taught these classes—from Mrs. Kennedy at the farmstead to Mr. Clementine with the donkeys, but the education department did the ..
Dallas Heritage Village Has Recently Been Re-accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) So what? Well, of the estimated 17,500 museums in this country, only 779, or about 4.5%, are accredited. In Texas just 39 are accredited, and in Dallas, only the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Sixth Floor Museum join Dallas Heritage Village with this designation. We are in pretty good company here! What is the significance of AAM accreditation? As the AAM likes to say, accreditation is the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” It is an objective outside evaluation by other museum professionals who measure the museum against best standards and practices of the field. The accreditation seal of a ..
My first long-term museum job (meaning that I wasn’t just there for the summer) was at a historic farm in North Carolina. Historic Oak View County Park was fully funded by Wake County, which meant everything we did was free to visitors—admission, school tours, special events. Occasionally, we even got magical phone calls at the end of the fiscal year: “You have to spend X dollars in the next two weeks.” It was all very, very nice. When I started working at Dallas Heritage Village, it took me a little while to adjust to a very different funding structure. As Gary has discussed previously (/blog/To-our-Trustees-Members-Neighbors-Friends-and-Constituents-Why-We-Need-Your-Support), our budget is made up of all kinds of revenue streams, including a ..