For many, September is a time of new beginnings—freshly sharpened pencils, fresh notebooks, and a backpack still in one piece! We at Dallas Heritage Village are also looking forward to some new beginnings: work continues on the Fisher Road Bathrooms. Details are being finalized for fall events. And as the weather cools, we’re looking forward to seeing old and new friends at the Village. But it’s also a time to reflect on our past year of activities. Our fiscal year ends September 30, so we’ve also been asking you, our friends, partners and supporters, to consider making an annual gift. My very first museum job was at a historic site fully funded by the county government. Everything we did was free to the public, and at the end of the year, there w ..
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 ..
(/images/postimages/img_0087.jpg) At Dallas Heritage Village we are not short on picturesque buildings and many times these architectural beauties are the appropriate focus of countless photos, both ours and visitors alike. Yet, there is so much more to photograph at the Village than just our buildings. A recent blog post by an expert in our field (link to Pop-up Museum Post here (http://www.museumtwo.blogspot.com/2014/06/guest-post-by-nora-grant-lessons-from.html)) got us thinking about the ways that we can share all of those things in the Village that are important to you. Our visitors sometimes see things that we don’t, and that’s what makes visiting our museum so special! We were especially enamored by the mention of “empty frames” in this post ..
As you all know, we close to the public in January and August, the two months that feature our worst weather and our lowest attendance. A few years ago when we analyzed the cost of staying open to the public versus how much revenue we generated during those months, it was clear that we were losing money being one of the only outdoor museums in the country that operated twelve months a year. So, we now close to the public during those two months. But that does not mean that we are all in hibernation. Our administrative, education, and curatorial staff and our maintenance contractors continue normal working hours. We always have post-Candlelight chores, like putting away the decorations and stowing the candles and stanchions. Of course, work on Gone To Texas really picks ..
In two previous blog posts I talked about our fund raising efforts as we closed out our fiscal year (September 30). I can now report that we have had a successful financial year and have finished “in the black” for the second year in succession. In these troubled economic times, we consider this quite a feat! As for our End of Year Campaign, we raised approximately $75,000, falling short of our $85,000 goal. Despite this shortfall, we were very pleased to raise $75,000, and relieved that we were able to raise this amount of money during a month where the stock market was in free fall. To all of our donors who braved a very turbulent month and still donated $75,000 to our campaign, we are eternally grateful! So, how did we fall short of our c ..