Conversations and Construction Trucks

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015 By Melissa Prycer
When I last wrote about the Cedars Neighborhood (/blog/in-the-heart-of-the-cedars/), the big news was Alamo Drafthouse’s announcement that their next DFW location would be in the Cedars. Little did I know that even bigger news was coming. Shortly after that post was published, various redevelopment rumors began about multiple historic properties on Ervay Street, one of our boundaries, and those rumors are turning into reality ( Though these changes aren’t yet visible, we are so excited about what is coming in 2015 and 2016. Everything I’m about to talk concerns buildings either visible from our grounds or building ..

Candlelight Advice from the Candlelight Experts

Published on Friday, December 05, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/jlehman-candlelight.jpg) Candlelight is a Dallas Heritage Village tradition that has been around for numerous years. However, some of you might find yourself in my position, of being a recent transplant and having never attended Candlelight before. So you may be thinking, “What is this Candlelight? How does it work? What should I be prepared for?” Seeing as how I cannot answer that, I turned to the Dallas Heritage Village staff, who are Candlelight veterans. They have imparted their wisdom and advice for us first time “Candlelighters.” Helen Muncaster, our Director of Sales, importantly suggests that you purchase discounted tickets in advanced instead of having to wait in line at the door. It saves you some money and allows you m ..

Our family tradition can be your family tradition

Published on Monday, November 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/cl2013_ll089.jpg) As someone still relatively new to the Dallas area (I moved here last August) I am learning more and more about the city everyday. I have gone to my first State Fair, visited a handful of the numerous museums the metroplex has to offer, and have been to my fair share of sporting events. However I find that sometimes I am still missing out on some of the great things that Dallas has to offer to make new family traditions. One of those great things is Candlelight. Every year Dallas Heritage Village has a winter celebration in which the museum is open at night and is lit by the glow of countless candles. Our period homes are decorated for the holidays in historical fashion, and you can find the various ovens being put to use with cooking ..

Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed donkey

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
No equine on earth can wear a hat as well as our own Nip and Tuck. The team’s natural sense of style, physical poise and ability to make love to the camera have driven their successful modeling career. None could argue that they broke new ground in this photo of them modeling their leg warmers. ( ( Tyra Banks was rather jealous, and the boys refused to compete on her show as their elevated status was already secure. They are often voted more stylish than Tyra, and we encourage them not to gloat. No fashion model can make it without a great designer to dream up those fabulous couture originals. Nip and Tuck owe their success to Marta Smith, whose haberdashery s ..

A Day in the Life with Mr. Kennedy

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
If you have been to Dallas Heritage Village lately odds are that you have met this history educator back at our farmstead. Louis Gene Helmick-Richardson (we know him as Gene) plays Mr. Kennedy, a fairly well-off cotton farmer at the “ragged end of Reconstruction,” about 1870. Gene comes to us with plenty of experience being a history interpreter in places such as the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton, Georgia, Pryor Creek at the Homeplace, and the TVA’s Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. He also currently is a professional storyteller with his wife Peggy as Twice Upon a Time Storytellers. His resume even includes being the Director of the Collin County Farm Museum for a few years! His experience is not limited to museums, however. Gene has a PhD in Entomology from  ..

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