At this time last year, Dallas Heritage Village was facing some pretty big challenges. We didn’t know what would happen with our city funding. Our budget was up in the air. Key staff were departing, and it was unclear when we would be able to replace them. There was turmoil and uncertainty, to say the least. And it’s not as if things instantly got better. We did receive a $70,000 cut in our city funding, after all sorts of political twists and turns. The weather has generally been terrible for just about every event, and Candlelight had its lowest attendance in years. We had more staff turnover. Our longtime curator, Evelyn Montgomery, discovered greener pastures and left in January. Also in January, Tuck, one of our beloved donkeys died. The Ambassad ..
We’ve all been very concerned about the ongoing deterioration of the Blum House. We’ve had many conversations as a staff, and we realized that Blum needed to close indefinitely, primarily out of concern for visitor safety. As this is a major operational decision, the Executive Board needed to be involved with the final decision. Upon our recommendation, the executive board voted last week to close Blum to the public indefinitely. For those that haven’t been out to DHV recently, a few of the issues with Blum include: · Rotting wood · Mold · Ongoing issues with fleas We hope that closing Blum will bring awareness to the deferred maintenance issues that plague not just our institution, b ..
The other day I looked around and saw that each new staff member over the last year has had an introductory blog post on our blog, and I said to myself: “ Self, you are a (relatively) new staff member at Dallas Heritage Village and yet you have not had an introductory blog post. Who is the person who has so neglectfully forgotten you and resigned your arrival to anonymity? Who is in charge of these blog posts??” I went and looked and found out that it was actually me! Or rather the last few introductions were written by Amber Oosterwaal, who’s position I now occupy. Therefore I now present a little “Getting to Know You” fora recent member of the admin staff, Aidan Wright. Aidan comes to us most recently from Camp All Saints on the sh ..
UPDATE: The Dallas County Medical Examiners have taken Alice to do further research. In a few months, they’ll be able to tell us her age and ethnicity. When their research has concluded, they will also take care of her final resting place. _______________________________ By Elizabeth Qualia Curator of Collections and Interpretation After 40 years of being in the spotlight, “Alice” the skeleton and only resident of the Doctor’s House has come off display. Recently, the display of human remains has come under scrutiny in the museum field. No longer are human remains being considered as just another object, but as objects that were once a living people and therefore requiring specialized treatment. “Alice” was once alive. S ..
By now, many of you have seen the devastating news that our nearest neighbor, the Ambassador Hotel, burned to the ground last night. It cannot be salvaged. This building has been a part of our historic landscape for well over a century. It loomed over our grounds, giving visitors another reminder of what the Cedars neighborhood once looked like. When the hotel was built in 1904, our properties were connected. For a period, it was known as the Park Hotel because of its adjacency. There are many, many stories of the people that lived or stayed at the hotel. One of my favorites was meeting someone at a public lecture whose grandmother lived at the Ambassador in the 1920s—and courted her future grandfather by walking through City Park. DHV’s very firs ..