Kelly Renee Grandjean is a new face to our museum. She has been recently added to our staff as the Main Street Educator and takes on the task of playing two characters in two buildings. During busy days with school kids, you can usually find her in the General Store as her character Miss Constance (Connie) Muller. On Saturdays you can find her slinging drinks (root beer) in the Saloon as Mrs. Elsa Spiess. Kelly was born in Ennis, Texas and was adopted at a young age by an Air Force doctor, his wife, and two sons. Being part of a military family afforded Kelly the opportunity to live in a variety of places including Italy. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees including a Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre from California State Univers ..
If you have ever been to Dallas Heritage Village, chances are you have encountered and interacted with one of our History Educators. As a living history museum, we not only like to have our beautiful historical buildings on display but we always like to educate the public on what life was like “back then.” One way we do this is through our wonderful team of History Educators who play characters living or working in the buildings which you find them. One such educator is Angie Gamez who plays Mrs. Deleon in the Section House. Angie is a native Texan, born in Austin and she has held a variety of jobs in the past including being a school secretary. Her character, Mrs. Deleon is the wife of a foreman working for the railroad. The foreman usually had about 4 to 8 crewme ..
(/images/postimages/ambassador-hotel-19th-century.jpg) It doesn’t take much to change a neighborhood, for good or bad. That is what we were really talking about here at Dallas Heritage Village on Tuesday night at our annual membership meeting. We unveiled a new exhibit in the depot, about the importance of the railroad. It compares what the Texas and Pacific did to Dallas and to Jefferson, in east Texas, ensuring that one grew into a successful big city while remained a small town. None of it was really a big plot. The Texas and Pacific was pursuing its own goals of profit and growth, not trying to build Dallas and shrink Jefferson. I leave it to you to determine which city got the better deal. Jefferson is a charming town with lots of historic architecture preserved an ..
(/images/postimages/20140807_0063modaa.gif) On Saturday, September 13th, Steampunk Invasion is coming to Dallas Heritage Village. This event will take place from 10:00 to 4:00 and a limited number of tickets are available to the public. Steampunk enthusiasts from around the country will be invading the Village in celebration of the Steampunk way of life. There will be vendors, performers, presentations, and many people in costume at this conference for regional Steampunk devotees. What is Steampunk you may ask? Well, this blog post will give a brief description as well as “homework” in order for everyone to come to the Invasion as prepared as they choose! First, let us discuss what Steampunk is… Steampunk at its basic level is where science fiction and ..
A letter from our Executive Director and President, Melissa Prycer: September isn’t just back to school—it’s back to the Village! Gates open again, welcoming visitors after closing to the public during August. Teachers start to schedule field trips. We’re gearing up for all of our exciting fall events—check out the calendar! In the midst of all of this, we are also requesting support for our annual campaign. The past few months have also been busy for the neighborhood around us. Several new businesses are coming to the Cedars including Alamo Drafthouse. Dirt has been flying at the Dallas Farmers Market for many months, and we are excited to have this great marketplace so close to the Village. While all of these new folks are making t ..