Dallas Heritage Village is more than just the staff, our circle is much wider than that. We are starting a blog post series about the whole DHV family so you can get to know all the people that are a part of what we do here... Guest post by Peggy Helmick-Richardson, History Host and our textile expert Last April, Dallas Heritage Village opened its doors to the arts in a whole new way. Three rooms in Brent Place were converted to studio spaces for local artists who found themselves displaced when the Continental Gin Building sold. Today we offer the first of three articles on our resident artists. Intrigued by a dead cedar waxwing lying by the holly bushes in her yard, Sarah Theobald-Hall snapped a photo it. Today, she credits the striking image ..
Once again we bring you a Get-to-Know-You for a new member of our staff. Sarah Hambric is our new Early Childhood Educator, whom we share with Vogel Alcove. Sarah will be growing our Barnyard Buddies Club program, helping us reach the youngest patrons of DHV, and helping us to strengthen our ties with our partner, Vogel Alcove. This new position at DHV was made possible by the very generous Charlotte Test Gift we received last year. Sarah is currently working on her Master Degree in History at the University of Texas of Arlington. Sarah had a previous career in banking before she embarked on her current academic and historical endevours. Let’s learn a little more about Sarah… What first got you interested in working in nonprofits/museums? ..
This blog post was supposed to go up several weeks ago, but the happy chaos of Candlelight means that we are only getting it out now. Enjoy! The tide keeps rising. Daniela Martinez has joined the administrative staff of Dallas Heritage Village in the last few weeks. She is our new Administrative Assistant, helping us keep our books straight and our sanity about us. Daniela has a background in data entry and business administration, working most recently for the government at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Let’s learn a little more about Daniela… What first got you interested in working in nonprofits/museums? I actually have not ever worked with a non-profit or a museum before. This is my first time. How ..
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 ..