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The Power of Wind

Published on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
This week, I had the privilege of reading our featured book and theme for Spring Fling and Barnyard Buddies this year, Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets. Marie Hall Ets authored and illustrated this beautifully artistic children’s book about Gilberto interacting with the natural world around him. Gilberto is introduced to the natural force of wind. She personified wind by expressing various moods that children can relate to and easily understand. She also limits the palette to three somber colors that simplify, but also accentuate the power of wind and the child’s imagination. Now I do not want to give away too much of this wonderful book, just enough to pique your interest! (/images/postimages/wind-1b.jpg) This year we are lucky to have two events that  ..

Old Fashioned Fun: Junior Historian turned Entrepreneur

Published on Friday, February 27, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/sophia-picture-1b.jpg) This summer we featured Barbara Brockett, the talented manufacturer of the clothespin dolls sold in our museum store. The dolls are always a huge hit with all of our visitors, however she is not the only Village-related provider of handmade items. We, of course, have our blacksmith as well, but you may not realize that the craft kits sold in our store are made by Sophia Radke. Who is Sophia Radke you might ask? She is a high school student and part of our Junior Historian program, and the owner of her own small business, Old Fashioned Fun. Sophia first got the idea for her business four years ago (when she was only in the 6th grade) when her homeschool group hosted an entrepreneurial fair. Determined to take part in the one night ..

A reason to celebrate

Published on Friday, February 20, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
On January 19, 1966, a group of women met and organized the Dallas County Heritage Society to save Millermore, the largest remaining antebellum home in Dallas County. Though formed to save just one remarkable house, this group went on to save, move and restore almost 30 historic structures at City Park, creating the museum you know today as Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. (/images/postimages/02-16-1972-photo-by-lee-langum.jpg) From the Millermore front porch, February 16, 1972 As historians, we’re pretty good at remembering important dates (though it would have been much more clever if I had posted this entry two days ago, on the 49th anniversary of DCHS getting the restraining order to stop the demolition of Millermore), but we don’t always tal ..

While We Were Away…

Published on Friday, February 20, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
A few things happened in The Village while we were away in January … The Texas Living History Association decided to grace us with its infinite knowledge on period culture. Various reenacting events and workshops took place throughout the days of January 23rd to the 25th. There was also a Community Roundtable discussion on Dallas/The Cedars related events that commenced on January 28th. We also attended the 16th annual Legacies Conference this being the 16th annual conference, at the Hall of State. This conference discussed everything from the Trinity River to the Kennedy Assassination. The final thing to take place this month, and what I will be focusing on, is the finishing touches put on the ticket office and museum store. This adorable building is home to our ticket ..

Conversations and Construction Trucks

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
When I last wrote about the Cedars Neighborhood (/blog/in-the-heart-of-the-cedars/), the big news was Alamo Drafthouse’s announcement that their next DFW location would be in the Cedars. Little did I know that even bigger news was coming. Shortly after that post was published, various redevelopment rumors began about multiple historic properties on Ervay Street, one of our boundaries, and those rumors are turning into reality (http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/flurry-of-building-sales-on-south-ervay-street-could-bring-big-changes-to-dallas-cedars-neighborhood-2.html/). Though these changes aren’t yet visible, we are so excited about what is coming in 2015 and 2016. Everything I’m about to talk concerns buildings either visible from our grounds or building ..

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