In the Heart of the Cedars

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
In 1876, J. J. Eakin gave our fair city a parcel of land which soon became City Park. It was Dallas’ first park, and soon, a lovely neighborhood grew up around the park. The neighborhood became known as the Cedars for the many cedar trees in the area. As often happens with cities, tastes and trends change. Wealthier residents began to move away, and the neighborhood became mostly working class. In the mid-1960s, Interstate 30 cut through the Cedars, separating the neighborhood from the rest of downtown. Half of the original City Park land was lost, along with many beautiful homes. By 1969, a new vision for City Park was emerging. Millermore, a historic home from Oak Cliff, had been moved to City Park. And so began the museum you now know as Dallas Heritage Villa ..

An Original American Doll

Published on Friday, July 11, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/img_0083.jpg) One of the most popular sites at any museum is the gift shop. This is the place where someone can find their own piece of the museum to take home. The museum store here at Dallas Heritage Village has gone through multiple location changes (it was even once located in the back of the Train Depot) and name changes (our mailing labels still say Mc Calls Store). One thing over the years has not changed however, and that is the selling of Clothespin Dolls handmade by our own Barbara Brockett. Barbara grew up at a time when clothespins were used to hang the wash outside to dry. Being from a family of women who were talented in sewing and refashioning clothes, Barbara developed a talent for sewing early on. She explains that clothespins we ..

It should really be no surprise. . .

Published on Saturday, July 05, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
A few nights ago, I was going through my personal archive–you know, that box with old notes from high school and pictures of unfortunate choices in prom dresses. I was looking for something very specific (and found it!), but I ran across this letter: (/images/postimages/picture1.jpg) So, I guess this whole museum thing runs pretty deep. People often ask how I got involved with museums, and I almost never start with the Florence Ranch House. After all, I was just a teenager and not at all thinking about my professional future. But this letter reminds me that perhaps I should begin my museum story just a few years earlier. Looking at it with my grown-up eyes, I’m pretty proud of how professional I was, using the dot matrix printer and everything, but I also wish ..

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 ( 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 ..

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 ..

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