1840 Dallas? We have an App for that.

Published on Friday, March 18, 2016 By Caitlin Hughes
A typical visit to the museum usually includes stopping in the Ticket Office and acquiring a Visitor’s Guide. The Guide is full of historic information about our buildings and a map to plot out your visit. You could also choose to listen to docent-led tours of specific structures, interact with historic interpreters in costume, and learn more about historic artifacts on display through signage. You may have also chosen to dial the number provided in the Visitor’s Guide and listen to the recorded stories on the cell phone tour. Starting this month we attempt to merge a few of these aspects to create an interactive app for visitors. Visitors can currently access a web version of the application at this URL: While us ..

The Sullivan House Sends Encouraging Words to a Friend

Published on Wednesday, March 09, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
Dear Blue House at 1423 Griffin, formerly 285 Browder I hear that you will soon be adding a new address to your history-by moving to another lot in the Cedars. The same thing happened to me, over 25 years ago, and a few of my joints still ache, but it is better than the wrecking ball. You and I were born in the same era of beautiful Victorian houses. We nurtured people. I know that you lost one of your humans to a tragic car accident. One of my young residents drowned—it was hard to accept that he would never again slam my front door and bound up my stairs. But, we are sturdy and made to outlast humans. I hear that you have been fortunate enough to lure some into spending their money, which they value highly, on moving you and putting you back together. Even some of  ..

Luck O’ the Irish

Published on Wednesday, March 02, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/clover.png) There are signs that spring is just around the corner everywhere. Irises are blooming outside my window in the Education offices and patches of green are popping up all around the village. Green is the color of spring and the signature color of St. Patrick’s Day. Our annual Spring Fling event celebrates the green spring. Students and families, out of school especially, are invited to come to the Village to enjoy a much-needed break. This year we are celebrating everything Irish, including the Sullivan family and their lovely home. We will search for leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. We will learn about all the charms we use to bring good luck; the horseshoe, a wishbone, a four-leaf clover, the fumsup, a rabbit’ ..

Using the Village as Green Space

Published on Friday, February 26, 2016 By Caitlin Hughes
Those of you who live downtown, in the Cedars, and surrounding neighborhoods know that sometimes it is hard to find a nice sizable piece of green space for personal use. Whether it is to read a book, get in an evening run, or even take in a morning stroll, green space can be a quiet and serene place. But have you ever thought of a museum as a place that provides green space in addition to educational benefits? Dallas Heritage Village has the advantage of being located on the land of Dallas’ very first City Park and thus has plenty of green space to accompany its educational value. (/images/postimages/20160113_170039-e1456436235197.jpg)Personally, I run a lot. I am currently training for my very first half marathon which means that some days I don’t have enough tim ..

Don’t You Love a Front Porch?

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
Who doesn’t love a front porch? A cheerful place to relax on the swing with a refreshing cold drink. Wave to the neighbors taking an evening stroll, greet the mailman, watch a child shakily ride down the sidewalk on a new bike. Who doesn’t love a porch? Me, many days. I have 19 of them here at the village to maintain, and doing so leaves me little time for swinging or sipping or waving. A porch is basically a room with no exterior walls. What would happen if we took the exterior wall off of one of your rooms? Before you proclaim the joys of fresh air and sunshine, consider rain, snow, sleet and hail, birds and bees and rotten fruit bouncing off of trees. See the floor buckle and pop, the wood rot and collapse. Look, a visitor approaches, to put a foot through that  ..

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