One of our oldest and most beloved neighbors is leaving at the end of this school year—City Park Elementary School. Built in 1919 directly across from City Park, as it was then known, the school has long been an anchor to a neighborhood in constant change. When the school opened, Gano Street was a residential street forming the south border of Dallas’ first city park, and the neighborhood known as the Cedars was then a relatively well-to-do residential area a short walk, or trolley ride, from downtown. Over the years the neighborhood has changed dramatically. After 1940, car dealerships, manufacturing, and warehouses largely replaced the residential housing, and after Interstate 30 was built in the early 1960s, the Cedars was effectively isolated from the rest of ..
This spring, our event calendar has been just a little bit different. Long-time patrons might have noticed that Plow, Plant and Shear got moved to a Sunday and was a much smaller event. There was a very good reason for that: the Girl Scouts were throwing a party. And the size of that one event demolished a few other things in its path. About a year ago, staff from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Council (http://www.gsnetx.org/)approached us with an idea: the Girl Scout Centennial was coming up–what if the big council-wide party was held at DHV? We’ve worked with GSNETX for years–first by offering specific programming at the Village for Girl Scouts–badge workshops, tours, and one special Girl Scout Day. Several years ago, we collaborated with other Da ..
It doesn’t look like much yet, but the changes underway in Browder Springs Hall are pretty thrilling. But wait–Browder Springs Hall? Is there a new building at the Village? Nope, Browder Springs Hall is the recently rechristened Print Shop. We’ve talked before (http://dhvblog.org/2011/05/27/the-spark-2/)about how recurrent flooding is changing the way we interpret Main Street. The Print Shop has always been one of the most vulnerable buildings, but when the water was rising, we couldn’t exactly move that equipment out of the way. Cleaning up after a flood wasn’t easy either, and so we made the decision a few years ago to find a new, better home for the printing equipment showcased in that building. Some of it went to other museums, and some of it ..
(/images/postimages/pdk_mg_3298.jpg)Almost exactly one year ago, we re-opened the General Store. If you haven’t visited us in a long time, the space may surprise you. Just about everything is touchable, and there are plenty of activities and roles for visitors to play. You can shop, weigh beans, run a cash register, play checkers, write or sort mail, wrap packages–and one of our favorites–sweep and dust. (Is it wrong that we get such joy out of letting visitors help us clean?) Of course, whenever we do something new, there’s a familiar fear. Will this work? Will visitors understand? Are we setting ourselves up to be destroyed by a herd of 4th grade boys? Will they learn anything? Though we haven’t done any formal studies on the success of th ..
No, we don’t have Gaultier–he’s the wrong century for our museum. But we are delighted to have received a piece by Charles Frederick Worth. I don’t know if Madonna would have liked his clothing, but throughout the decades around 1900 all the other women in America longed to wear a dress by the undisputed leader of the Paris fashion scene. The House of Worth was the shopping destination for American women rich enough to journey to Europe for fitting and to spend amounts that would embarrass some of our modern fashionistas. Worth was known for some signature fashion touches, such as using lots of lace. But he championed the practice of constantly changing fashion trends. New shapes, details and colors rendered last year’s dress passé. Am ..