We’ve all been very concerned about the ongoing deterioration of the Blum House. We’ve had many conversations as a staff, and we realized that Blum needed to close indefinitely, primarily out of concern for visitor safety. As this is a major operational decision, the Executive Board needed to be involved with the final decision. Upon our recommendation, the executive board voted last week to close Blum to the public indefinitely. For those that haven’t been out to DHV recently, a few of the issues with Blum include: · Rotting wood · Mold · Ongoing issues with fleas We hope that closing Blum will bring awareness to the deferred maintenance issues that plague not just our institution, b ..
Stephanie Land, our Rentals Manager, left us just a short time ago. We were sorry to see her go and she left a hole in our staff. A hole now being filled by Sydney Abdo, who has joined the tide of new administrative staff members at Dallas Heritage Village. Sydney has risen up through the ranks of DHV to reach her current position. She was promoted from being a highly energetic and hard working History Host, who was always willing to step into a roll to get a job done. Now she steps into the role of Rentals Manager, let’s learn a little more about Sydney… What first got you interested in working in nonprofits/museums? Hmm, great question … I started with the Junior Historians here at Dallas Heritage Village in 2010…? I ..
The other day I looked around and saw that each new staff member over the last year has had an introductory blog post on our blog, and I said to myself: “ Self, you are a (relatively) new staff member at Dallas Heritage Village and yet you have not had an introductory blog post. Who is the person who has so neglectfully forgotten you and resigned your arrival to anonymity? Who is in charge of these blog posts??” I went and looked and found out that it was actually me! Or rather the last few introductions were written by Amber Oosterwaal, who’s position I now occupy. Therefore I now present a little “Getting to Know You” fora recent member of the admin staff, Aidan Wright. Aidan comes to us most recently from Camp All Saints on the sh ..
UPDATE: The Dallas County Medical Examiners have taken Alice to do further research. In a few months, they’ll be able to tell us her age and ethnicity. When their research has concluded, they will also take care of her final resting place. _______________________________ By Elizabeth Qualia Curator of Collections and Interpretation 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. S ..
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 ..