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Reflections on Twenty Years at Dallas Heritage Village

Published on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/Gary_BW-001.jpg) After twenty years, my departure from Dallas Heritage Village has been so gradual that it is hard to say just when my last day was. But it is certainly evident that the leadership succession plan that Melissa Prycer and I worked out two years ago has already been a terrific success. Melissa hit the ground running from her first days as Interim Director, and by the time she was named President and Executive Director almost 18 months ago, she was operating at full speed. While my official last day is obscured, I can certainly remember my first day at DHV (then Old City Park) on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1995. Before I had even poured my first cup of coffee I had plunged into the groundbreaking festivities surrounding the new Chaut ..

Little Visitors

Published on Monday, September 28, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
Ten years ago, back when I was Curator of Education, I launched Nip and Tuck’s Barnyard Buddies Storytime for Preschoolers (/programs/childrens-programs/barnyard-buddies). It was our first official foray into preschool programming, and it was (and continues to be!) so much fun. We’re a big place, and it’s important to sometimes boil down all we offer into one building or one story. Barnyard Buddies lets us do that–plus, our audience is adorable and very easily impressed. (/) At a conference the next year, a colleague at another museum heard what we were doing. His comment: “Why on earth are you doing preschool programming? Kids that age don’t understand the difference between last week and next week, much less History. You shouldn ..

DHV Farmstead in High Cotton

Published on Monday, September 14, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
“In High Cotton” is one of those wonderful old southern phrases that may not be used much these days. If you are in high cotton, you are doing well, maybe even rolling in wealth, because your cotton crop is so tall you can harvest without stooping, and the price for cotton is high. Now, high is a relative term, and if you must be precise, the cotton crop at our farmstead is only high if the picker is two feet tall. But, our plants sprouted, and grew, and didn’t die, and they are making little bolls of cotton, which feel a lot like cotton balls but firmer and spelled differently. Our little urban garden is not always successful, so we will count this as a win. The price of cotton is irrelevant. They don’t buy it by the ounce. We only have 13 plants.  ..

Community Supported History

Published on Wednesday, September 09, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
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 ..

Why I Drive 800 Miles per Week to Intern at DHV

Published on Friday, August 07, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/DSCN18691-e1438965720166.jpg) By Coleman Hamptom, Baylor Museum Studies Student Most Texans are familiar with the bumper car style of driving on I-35. Long stretches of smooth sailing and verdant views can quickly become what feels like a Nascar race with 18 wheelers and Corvettes jockeying for ideal position. The interstate’s span from our border with Mexico all the way to Canada is 1,695 miles. I drive that far in two weeks on my daily commute to DHV from Waco…and back. Everyone said I was crazy for choosing a summer internship in Dallas (which counts for six hours graduate credit at Baylor). I heard, “You should find something closer to Waco, man”, or, “I’d find somewhere to stay in Dallas if I were you.” M ..

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