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Getting to Know: Sydney Abdo

Published on Sunday, September 15, 2019 By Aidan Wright
Stephanie Land, our Rentals Manager, left us just a short time ago. We were sorry to see her go and she left a hole inour 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 t ..

Getting to Know: Aidan Wright

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 By Aidan Wright
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 ..

From the Curatorial Desk: A Farewell to "Alice"

Published on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 By Aidan Wright
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 ..

Mourning the Loss of the Ambassador Hotel

Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 By Melissa Prycer
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 ..

History Takes Time: An Update on the Millermore Reinterpretation Project

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 By Melissa Prycer
Almost six months ago, we closed Millermore to begin a major reinterpretation. Our goals are pretty simple: tell more stories about more people that lived and worked at Millermore throughout its 100-year history. Though we have been very busy, if you were to walk into Millermore today, you wouldn’t see a difference. Yet. So, how do you even begin a reinterpretation project of a house that’s been a part of the museum since the very beginning? We began with the primary sources. Since September, we’ve had a series of staff meetings, welcoming any member of staff that wants to come. Primary sources and documents are shared in advance, and then we all come together to discuss. Along the way, we’ve uncovered quite a few questions, some of wh ..