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
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 think.
How old do you have to be to be a Junior Historian? 11? So I presumably was at least 11. I must have joined as soon as I was able to,
because I really like this place. I’m
still obsessed with history, and I am working on my history degree at Tech.
How did you first learn about DHV? Why did you want to join our
[Sings] When I was a young warthog!
[Stops] Terri Brown, who is one of our current board members and like a second
mom to me, needed stuff for her daughter and me to do during the summer. We did all the history camps out here. Since I was already really involved I started
volunteering as a Junior Historian as soon as I was able. Then I was at Booker T. Washington High School
for the Performing and Visual Arts and there was no time for anything but art. Then in college I was like “Why don’t I get
Are there any special projects/programs that you’re especially
Well, it was the Birthright BBQ Fest. But since that was back in June, now I’m
excited about the Chefs for Farmers event coming up in November, and eating
everything, because food is life. Literally, everything. With two exclamation points.
When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies and
interests? Anything else we should know about you?
figure skate; and I try to do art but art-block is real. I watch people speed paint on YouTube to try
and get past my block. Speed painting is
so beautiful, especially water colors. I
also get on Instagram a lot to tell all my acting friends: “You’re doing