No equine on earth can wear a hat as well as our own Nip and Tuck. The team’s natural sense of style, physical poise and ability to make love to the camera have driven their successful modeling career. None could argue that they broke new ground in this photo of them modeling their leg warmers. (http://dhvblog.org/2012/05/07/flashdancing-donkeys/) (http://dhvblog.org/2012/05/07/flashdancing-donkeys/) Tyra Banks was rather jealous, and the boys refused to compete on her show as their elevated status was already secure. They are often voted more stylish than Tyra, and we encourage them not to gloat. No fashion model can make it without a great designer to dream up those fabulous couture originals. Nip and Tuck owe their success to Marta Smith, whose haberdashery s ..
If you have been to Dallas Heritage Village lately odds are that you have met this history educator back at our farmstead. Louis Gene Helmick-Richardson (we know him as Gene) plays Mr. Kennedy, a fairly well-off cotton farmer at the “ragged end of Reconstruction,” about 1870. Gene comes to us with plenty of experience being a history interpreter in places such as the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton, Georgia, Pryor Creek at the Homeplace, and the TVA’s Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. He also currently is a professional storyteller with his wife Peggy as Twice Upon a Time Storytellers. His resume even includes being the Director of the Collin County Farm Museum for a few years! His experience is not limited to museums, however. Gene has a PhD in Entomology from ..
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 ..