Museum-ing in the Rain

Published on Saturday, June 28, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
As a living history museum, a large portion of our space is outdoors. That means when the lovely Texas weather is unbearably hot or frigidly cold, it is often a challenge to attract visitors. The same goes for rain as most people want to find nice, indoor activities to partake of when it is raining. What most people don’t realize, however, is that you can still enjoy plenty of outdoor activity and our Village no matter what the weather decides to be that day (or that hour here in Texas). Here is your “How-to” guide on enjoying the Village in the rain: First, make sure not to think of our facility as entirely outdoors. We have 18 historic buildings that are open during public hours that you may tour and explore, inside! Sure, you need to walk to and from e ..

Know a good sheep looking for work?

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
A Post by Evelyn Montgomery: (/images/postimages/dscn0762.jpg) “Our sheep enjoy spacious accommodations and wonderful view of the Dallas skyline.” The flock at Dallas Heritage Village needs a new member. The current ovine (Google it and use it daily until it feels natural) population consists of two chubby Southdowns, Winston and Starbuck, and one aged Rambouillet, MayBelle. They would love to welcome a new, younger sheep to share their home at the farmstead of a nationally accredited museum in the heart of the fashionable Cedars neighborhood. This is an offer no sheep could refuse. The museum would not be able to pay for this new sheep, but would be happy to give you a letter acknowledging your donation to a registered non-profit, which th ..

The Last Job Title

Published on Friday, March 07, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
Ten years ago, my boss burst into the copier room and said “There’s an opening at Old City Park. You should apply. I’ve already sent them your resume.” I was working as an intern at Heritage Farmstead in Plano, so it’s perhaps less surprising that my current employer was trying so hard to get rid of me. I had an interview a few days later, was offered the job, and accepted. (/images/postimages/100_4041.jpg) During a Barnyard Buddies program in 2006. At the time, I said to my mother that I figured this would be a 2-3 year stint and then I’d move on. I had assumed that there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities to create new programs or leave my mark on the organization. My mother has spent most of the last ten years reminding me ..

Stepping Back…and Stepping Forward!

Published on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/130926_0015.jpg)After 18 years as president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village, I have officially stepped back into a part-time role as director of strategic projects. In that new role I will now assist with capacity building fund raising and other projects at the Village, focusing first on the future of our property at 1610 South Ervay (formerly Yellow Cab), and later on endowment fund raising and planned giving. Succeeding me at Dallas Heritage Village is Melissa Prycer, who has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the Board of Trustees. Melissa has worked closely with me for many years, serving as educator and associate director and absorbing steadily increasing responsibility through the years. Well regarded both at the Village a ..

Some new faces at DHV

Published on Thursday, September 12, 2013 By Melissa Prycer
This summer, we’ve had the pleasure to add some new members to the DHV team. Though we always hate to lose co-workers, there’s something pretty exciting about bringing new people on board. Without further ado, here are two very important new members of our small but mighty staff. Introducing Lisa Simpson, Development Manager (/images/postimages/snfa-dhv1.jpg) Lisa is all about the money, so of course, she would choose the Bank for her snfa-dhv2. As you may recall, our long-time Director of Development, Nancy Farina, died last summer. We wanted to take some time to really think about what skill set could come close to replacing her. Lisa Simpson comes to us from The Sixth Floor Museum, where she was Marketing Coordinator. Several of us on staff here al ..

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