If you visited us last spring or summer, someone might have asked you to take a survey. Over 200 of you said yes! We thanked you profusely at the time, but we’re thanking you again. The results of that survey will shape Dallas Heritage Village for years to come. Last year, through a grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation (http://kingfoundation.com/), we joined a group of museums nationwide that said “Yes, we really do want to know what our visitors think about us.” The American Association for State and Local History (http://www.aaslh.org/) sponsors the Visitors Count program (http://tools.aaslh.org/visitors-count/), an extensive survey that helps us learn more about ourselves, as well as how we compare to other museums nationally. ..
Lately, we’ve been thinking some mighty big thoughts at DHV. To be perfectly honest, it seems like everyone in our neighborhood is thinking big thoughts. Four Corners Brewing opened their new location on Ervay Street (one of our borders) a few weeks ago. The Ambassador Hotel is getting ready to start a major renovation. There’s even talk of the nation’s first high speed rail coming in just a few blocks from DHV. Among all of these entities, we’re like the stable grandmother. As an institution, we’ve been an anchor of the Cedars neighborhood since 1969, when Millermore opened. But our land, the first City Park in Dallas, is the reason why this neighborhood exists. In the talk of all that’s new in the Cedars, our story is somehow neglected. ..
Guest post by History Host, Aidan Wright Dallas Heritage Village has started a new activity on Saturdays: The Learning Cart. This cart will regularly be filled with items of historical interest, that the public is encouraged to explore with their eyes and their hands. Oftentimes when someone asks to see something, they don’t really mean just to stare at it, but they want to pick it up and turn it around and explore every side. At the Learning Cart a constantly changing selection of 19th century items will delight your sight and touch. The letters along the side of the Learning Cart help to round out the senses by referring to a product that appeals to the senses of taste, hearing, and smell. “Coca-Cola” loudly proclaims the cart-sides in the ..
History museums and villages sometimes have the stigma that you can only do have programs and events that fit within your time period. But that is not true. I helped present a session at last year’s Texas Association of Museums annual conference titled “Knocking Off the Dust: New Approaches to Programming at Historic House Museums” and it was mind opening and exciting to see and hear what other institutions are doing that are outside the box. It can be nerve wracking to do something different. Will people show up? Will they be upset? Will we get push back? But, you will never know if it is a smashing success unless you try. And that’s what I have been doing with our educational programming and events. Sure, some of our unique programming has ..
Where to eat when you are at the Village? As you may or may not know, we used have a restaurant onsite here at Dallas Heritage Village. Many visitors tell us stories about the amazing food they used to serve in Brent Place; it truly is a beloved memory in the Village’s story. But, with the restaurant long gone, what do visitors do about food? A normal question we get asked is “Where should we eat?” Our favorite location is right here! Did you know that you can bring in your own food and have a picnic? Why not spread out your favorite foods and gaze out at the Dallas skyline. However, the neighborhoods around the Village are constantly growing with great eateries. The staff love to stop by local places to grab lunch and we can certainly recommend a favorite pl ..