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 ..
Last week, the Village lost a dear friend and colleague, Eric Russell. Our visitors better know him as Mr. Schmidt. (/images/postimages/eric.jpg) A few years after we opened the Saloon in 2004, we started thinking about adding a Main Street History Educator to rotate between the Bank, the General Store and the Saloon. At almost the exact same time, Eric asked me if there were any openings at the museum. He was scaling back his interior design business and wanted to spend more time with us. Eric’s involvement with DHV stretched back many years–he began as a volunteer and quickly became a part of the DHV Guild. Over the years, he helped plan luncheons, assisted with fundraisers and even served a stint as President of the Guild (still the only male to do so!). I ..