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At the Movies with Abraham Lincoln

Published on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/media/rm291022848/tt0443272)Last week, Elaina (Education Assistant/Miss Gordon at the Farmstead) and I waited in a long line for a chance to see a free sneak preview of Lincoln (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/). After all, we are history nerds and we’re cheap. As we finally made our way into the theater, we ran into museum friends from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Dallas Historical Society and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. I shouldn’t have been so surprised to see them—after all, history museum employees are naturally attracted to such occasions. So, what did we think of said movie, set to open on November 16? Loosely based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals (which I haven’t read, Elaina has) ..

History Hits the Road

Published on Thursday, November 01, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/trip-with-bennett-0021.jpg)A merry troupe of historians set out one Friday to explore the history of the Cedars. This trip was part of an oral history project Dallas Heritage Village is conducting to accompany our new exhibit on the history of the neighborhood and the park. That will open in spring of 2013, and we have been busy collecting information and images. There is no better source for such information than Bennett Miller, a local developer and historian who has researched, owned and rehabilitated numerous buildings in the neighborhood. Our happy history hunters are pictured here, left to right: Steven Sielaff, of Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. He is a graduate student in Baylor’s Museum Studies program and expert on ..

New Stories at an Old Hotel

Published on Friday, September 28, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Since January, a team of top historians have been working hard on Dallas Heritage Village’s latest exhibit. Have I mentioned that these historians are still in middle school and high school? Over the past several years, the Junior Historians have completed several projects (http://dhvblog.org/2011/07/19/a-new-generation-of-curators/)that have developed their historical muscles, which made them all the more ready for the challenges of the Worth Hotel project. Unlike our other projects, they had a wealth of primary sources to work with–census records, newspaper articles, and oral histories. Some of those primary sources didn’t exactly match up perfectly, so there was much discussion as we tried to get closer to the truth. Emily explained that process (http://dh ..

With a Little Help From Our Friends

Published on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Many of our loyal blog and e-newsletter readers are friends, but not necessarily members of Dallas Heritage Village. Assuming that is true, this posting is aimed specifically at you! We assume that you are familiar with who we are and what we do. You probably know, for example, that we are Dallas’ only outdoor living history museum devoted to Texas heritage; that we stage a wide variety of public events and programs; that we provide field trip experiences to over 24,000 area students annually; and that we care for more than 30 historic buildings. (/images/postimages/ftwagon.jpg) What you may not know, because we don’t talk about it very often in our e-newsletters, is how Dallas Heritage Village is funded. Because we are a history museum located in Dall ..

In Tribute To Our Friend Nancy Farina 1958-2012

Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Nancy Farina was Vice President for Development and Capital Giving at Dallas Heritage Village and an employee at the museum from 1992 until her death this past week. Following is my tribute to our long-time friend and colleague. I first met Nancy when I was being interviewed for the director’s position in 1995. Then-trustee Walter Abbey organized a “get acquainted” lunch for me and several staff members at our Brent Place Restaurant. As we went around the table introducing ourselves, Nancy turned to me and asked me if I was a baseball fan. I replied that I was, and she nodded her approval, signaling that she knew we would get along just fine. Thereafter, few days passed where we did not have at least one brief conversation about the Texas Rangers. Nancy a ..

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