If you visited us last spring or summer, someone might have asked you to take a survey. Over 200 of you said yes! We thanked you profusely at the time, but we’re thanking you again. The results of that survey will shape Dallas Heritage Village for years to come. Last year, through a grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation (http://kingfoundation.com/), we joined a group of museums nationwide that said “Yes, we really do want to know what our visitors think about us.” The American Association for State and Local History (http://www.aaslh.org/) sponsors the Visitors Count program (http://tools.aaslh.org/visitors-count/), an extensive survey that helps us learn more about ourselves, as well as how we compare to other museums nationally. ..
Where to eat when you are at the Village? As you may or may not know, we used have a restaurant onsite here at Dallas Heritage Village. Many visitors tell us stories about the amazing food they used to serve in Brent Place; it truly is a beloved memory in the Village’s story. But, with the restaurant long gone, what do visitors do about food? A normal question we get asked is “Where should we eat?” Our favorite location is right here! Did you know that you can bring in your own food and have a picnic? Why not spread out your favorite foods and gaze out at the Dallas skyline. However, the neighborhoods around the Village are constantly growing with great eateries. The staff love to stop by local places to grab lunch and we can certainly recommend a favorite pl ..
Blog post by our Curator, Dr. Evelyn Montgomery. Allow me to introduce a key member of the DHV curatorial department-Zelda, my Dodge Ram. Some people think that being a curator must be a glamorous job-and it probably is if you work for the Guggenheim, but I work in a historical village. Among my qualifications, I have a doctorate, shelves full of books, and a talent for public speaking, but more importantly, I have a miter saw, painting experience, a hammer, and Zelda. Zelda had every reason to expect the easy life of an urban truck when sold to someone living a mile from downtown Dallas. She was soon disabused of that notion. DHV is Dallas’ only downtown working farm, and every farm needs a farm truck. Zelda has hauled hay and countless 50-pound bags of feed for a ..
My corset was hot!—because it was summer, in Texas, what did you think I meant? I was fully embedded in my role as Mrs. Hedgecoxe, a rude antebellum liar trying to convince naïve dupes to buy land here. The naïve dupes were played by modern visitors, who did not believe me when I said “the weather in Texas is perfect, never too hot, never too cold, and always just the right amount of rain.” They did admire the Village’s retail opportunities, a general store that I assured them stocked both dress fabric and plows. Since we were inhabiting a year decades before the train reached Dallas, I explained the Depot as a proactive construction by a town confident of its future growth. And then I asked if they were ready to make the arduous journey o ..
April and May are always hectic months for any museum that hosts field trips. We see 1/3 of school children for the year in these months alone. The gift shop is constantly reordering “kid friendly” souvenirs. Bathrooms are monitored around the clock. All frontline staff put in extra shifts and eagerly await some vacation time in June and July. While these days are extremely busy, they are also some of our favorites. At Dallas Heritage Village students participate on self-guided field trips in small groups with an aid of a History Hunt and a chaperone. This History Hunt can be one of five possible themes which are designed to engage the students at a deeper level within our houses, asking them to interpret what they are seeing. At the Village we also have 13 acres a ..