High Flyin’ Flags

Published on Friday, June 06, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/Event_Detail)Join us for June’s Family Past Times on Saturday, June 14th . For this event all children (and dads!) will receive free admission to the village, so bring the whole family! The theme of the day is High Flyin’ Flags, celebrating Flag Day and it will offer a wide variety of activities for families to take part in. We also highly encourage “dad participation” as an early Father’s Day celebration. Flag Day was first declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 by national proclamation. In August of 1949, Congress officially established Flag Day and while it is not a federal holiday, it is still widely recognized and observed. The holiday honors the anniversary of the official adoption of the flag of the United States of Ameri ..

The Last Job Title

Published on Friday, March 07, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
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 ..

Main Street Life

Published on Saturday, March 01, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
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 ..

The New York Transplant – From You Guys to Y’all

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
It’s been 6 months since I made the spontaneous decision to pack my meager belongings and hightail it out of the bustling New York City to Dallas Heritage Village. Best decision I have ever made. This past May I graduated with a Masters in Museum Studies from New York University and was slowly being drained of my love for museums. I needed to get out. I always joked that I would take a job in Idaho just to get away from the fast pace, bottom of the ladder, barely paid existence I had been living. When I had seen the Reservations Coordinator post on the Texas Association of Museums website (which I checked daily) I was thrilled. Here was a job that I had an ample experience in, and not only was paid but somewhere thousands of miles away from the concrete jungle that  ..

Stepping Back…and Stepping Forward!

Published on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/130926_0015.jpg)After 18 years as president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village, I have officially stepped back into a part-time role as director of strategic projects. In that new role I will now assist with capacity building fund raising and other projects at the Village, focusing first on the future of our property at 1610 South Ervay (formerly Yellow Cab), and later on endowment fund raising and planned giving. Succeeding me at Dallas Heritage Village is Melissa Prycer, who has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the Board of Trustees. Melissa has worked closely with me for many years, serving as educator and associate director and absorbing steadily increasing responsibility through the years. Well regarded both at the Village a ..

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