After 40 years of being in the spotlight, “Alice” the skeleton and only resident of the Doctor’s House has come off display. Recently, the display of human remains has come under scrutiny in the museum field. No longer are human remains being considered as just another object, but as objects that were once a living people and therefore requiring specialized treatment. “Alice” was once alive. She once presumably had a family and people who cared for her. Because of this, we as a staff have reexamined our thoughts and feelings about keeping “Alice” on display and came to the decision that we are no longer comfortable leaving her up. “Alice” came to the Dallas Heritage Village in 1977. From what I discovered in ..
By now, many of you have seen the devastating news that our nearest neighbor, the Ambassador Hotel, burned to the ground last night. It cannot be salvaged. This building has been a part of our historic landscape for well over a century. It loomed over our grounds, giving visitors another reminder of what the Cedars neighborhood once looked like. When the hotel was built in 1904, our properties were connected. For a period, it was known as the Park Hotel because of its adjacency. There are many, many stories of the people that lived or stayed at the hotel. One of my favorites was meeting someone at a public lecture whose grandmother lived at the Ambassador in the 1920s—and courted her future grandfather by walking through City Park. DHV’s very firs ..
Almost six months ago, we closed Millermore to begin a major reinterpretation. Our goals are pretty simple: tell more stories about more people that lived and worked at Millermore throughout its 100-year history. Though we have been very busy, if you were to walk into Millermore today, you wouldn’t see a difference. Yet. So, how do you even begin a reinterpretation project of a house that’s been a part of the museum since the very beginning? We began with the primary sources. Since September, we’ve had a series of staff meetings, welcoming any member of staff that wants to come. Primary sources and documents are shared in advance, and then we all come together to discuss. Along the way, we’ve uncovered quite a few questions, some of wh ..
Tuck, age 22, ambassador and mascot of Dallas Heritage Village, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2019. He was surrounded by his DHV family and brother, Nip. Tuck was born in 1996 and arrived at Dallas Heritage Village (then known as Old City Park) with his half-brother Nip in 2000 as part of an expanded living history program. Tuck quickly became an integral part of the DHV experience, pulling the carriage for visitors, cheerfully accepting nose scratches, posing for pictures, and gobbling any and all treats. He was well known for occasionally nibbling on fabric, particularly scarves, and letting Nip do most of the work in pulling the wagon. In recent years, Tuck developed arthritis in his knees and retired from active duty in 2015. When Wayl ..
Recently, we welcomed Lisa Ramos-Lopez to the Dallas Heritage Village staff as Director of Visitor Experience. She has hit the ground running, as they say. When you see her around the Village--directing field trips, welcoming visitors, coordinating Honorary Candlelighters, etc.--please say hello! We talked with Lisa about what brought her to us. Read more below... What first got you interested in working in nonprofits? DHV will be the second Non Profit Organization I have worked for. I appreciate the efforts the Non Profits make in giving back to the community and individuals through their services. In my observation DHV services a diverse group of people, people who appreciate art, culture and history. They not only teach and share, they listen and care ..