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We want to be Framed

Published on Friday, July 04, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/img_0087.jpg) At Dallas Heritage Village we are not short on picturesque buildings and many times these architectural beauties are the appropriate focus of countless photos, both ours and visitors alike. Yet, there is so much more to photograph at the Village than just our buildings. A recent blog post by an expert in our field (link to Pop-up Museum Post here (http://www.museumtwo.blogspot.com/2014/06/guest-post-by-nora-grant-lessons-from.html)) got us thinking about the ways that we can share all of those things in the Village that are important to you. Our visitors sometimes see things that we don’t, and that’s what makes visiting our museum so special! We were especially enamored by the mention of “empty frames” in this post ..

While You Were Gone

Published on Friday, January 20, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
As you all know, we close to the public in January and August, the two months that feature our worst weather and our lowest attendance. A few years ago when we analyzed the cost of staying open to the public versus how much revenue we generated during those months, it was clear that we were losing money being one of the only outdoor museums in the country that operated twelve months a year. So, we now close to the public during those two months. But that does not mean that we are all in hibernation. Our administrative, education, and curatorial staff and our maintenance contractors continue normal working hours. We always have post-Candlelight chores, like putting away the decorations and stowing the candles and stanchions. Of course, work on Gone To Texas really picks  ..

Balancing Act

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 By Melissa Prycer
In two previous blog posts I talked about our fund raising efforts as we closed out our fiscal year (September 30). I can now report that we have had a successful financial year and have finished “in the black” for the second year in succession. In these troubled economic times, we consider this quite a feat! As for our End of Year Campaign, we raised approximately $75,000, falling short of our $85,000 goal. Despite this shortfall, we were very pleased to raise $75,000, and relieved that we were able to raise this amount of money during a month where the stock market was in free fall. To all of our donors who braved a very turbulent month and still donated $75,000 to our campaign, we are eternally grateful! So, how did we fall short of our c ..

Re-Accreditation Redux

Published on Thursday, September 01, 2011 By Melissa Prycer
Dallas Heritage Village Has Recently Been Re-accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) So what? Well, of the estimated 17,500 museums in this country, only 779, or about 4.5%, are accredited. In Texas just 39 are accredited, and in Dallas, only the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Sixth Floor Museum join Dallas Heritage Village with this designation. We are in pretty good company here! What is the significance of AAM accreditation? As the AAM likes to say, accreditation is the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” It is an objective outside evaluation by other museum professionals who measure the museum against best standards and practices of the field. The accreditation seal of a ..

It’s Time

Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 By Melissa Prycer
My first long-term museum job (meaning that I wasn’t just there for the summer) was at a historic farm in North Carolina. Historic Oak View County Park was fully funded by Wake County, which meant everything we did was free to visitors—admission, school tours, special events. Occasionally, we even got magical phone calls at the end of the fiscal year: “You have to spend X dollars in the next two weeks.” It was all very, very nice. When I started working at Dallas Heritage Village, it took me a little while to adjust to a very different funding structure. As Gary has discussed previously (/blog/To-our-Trustees-Members-Neighbors-Friends-and-Constituents-Why-We-Need-Your-Support), our budget is made up of all kinds of revenue streams, including a ..

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