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 ..
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 ..
A few nights ago, I was going through my personal archive–you know, that box with old notes from high school and pictures of unfortunate choices in prom dresses. I was looking for something very specific (and found it!), but I ran across this letter: (/images/postimages/picture1.jpg) So, I guess this whole museum thing runs pretty deep. People often ask how I got involved with museums, and I almost never start with the Florence Ranch House. After all, I was just a teenager and not at all thinking about my professional future. But this letter reminds me that perhaps I should begin my museum story just a few years earlier. Looking at it with my grown-up eyes, I’m pretty proud of how professional I was, using the dot matrix printer and everything, but I also wish ..