Starting in March, the Village will be playing host to a series of monthly cooking classes highlighting traditional foods made from scratch. While we will be cooking in our various historic kitchens, the products and methods you take home will be usable in a modern kitchen as well. As the first part of our Meet the Village People series, I will introduce myself–don’t worry, you’ll meet everyone else in the coming months–so that you will know just who that person in front of the fire is when you arrive at class. When people see me cooking in the historic kitchens at the Village, their first question is usually “How did you learn to do that?” Well, I learned to cook in a historic kitchen while working at another historic village museum, Greenfie ..
It feels like spring lately, but it is really the dead of winter and time to plant the future fruit trees of Texas. Back at the farmstead, we have just planted four dormant little sticks that promise to blossom later in the year. All are heritage varieties, meaning they existed during Dallas’ frontier period and might have been grown by a local farmer. We tried to choose some unusual fruits that will make visitors ask questions. We planted pomegranate, persimmon and plum. Just try to say that three times fast! We also planted a new fig tree, and that is a bit sad for us. We have had a fig tree for many years. They have a limited lifespan, and we must accept that our old friend is reaching the end. She once created so many figs that we had to practice traditional methods ..
Last week, the American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards, which includes the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. I always keep an eye on these announcements because a) I like to read! and b)there’s always a lot of love for historical fiction. They also release a list of Recommended Books in different categories, including Non-Fiction, the Amelia Bloomer List (“well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content”), and Books for Reluctant Readers. As educators, we’re always on the lookout for great books about history to recommend to families. Though we haven’t had time to read all of the books listed below, here are some of the ones that caught our eye. Below are some books that both Elaina (Education Assistant) a ..
(/images/postimages/spool-whatnot.jpg) The whatnot at rest after a dance Its an antique, its a shelving unit, it moves with perfect rhythm, and that makes it a star of our museum collection. Valuable antiques by well-known makers are nice, but I don’t think they can compete with a quirky, one-of-a-kind item made by some creative individual in the past. We have woodworking tools redesigned by a craftsman to do a special job, and homemade rag dolls who love to attend parties with the fancy French playthings blessed with porcelain heads. The dancing whatnot is an enticing example of some unknown person’s determination and creativity. So what’s a whatnot? Let us start with what its not. It is not an object of any practical use. It was vital for the Vict ..
It is a wet, cold, gray day here at the Village. As much as I love my job, this is the kind of day that makes me think longingly of home—with my comfortable chair, a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book. If you’re like me and think reading is an excellent way to spend your time, you might consider joining the museum’s book club. The Village Readers (/BookClub)have a few important things in common: we love books and we love history. The book club began in the early 2000s, and I took over when I joined the Village in 2004. We’re not a huge group (and at times, we were quite small—in the early days it was sometimes a “private” book club with just me and one other person!), but we now average about 10 participants at each meeting. Some me ..