Sometimes You Have to Step Outside the Box

Published on Sunday, February 19, 2017 By Mandy Olsen
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: Green Door Public House

Published on Sunday, February 12, 2017 By Caitlin Hughes
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 ..

Zelda: The Curatorial Truck

Published on Sunday, February 05, 2017 By Caitlin Hughes
Blog post by our Curator, Dr. Evelyn Montgomery. Allow me to introduce a key member of the DHV curatorial department-Zelda, my Dodge Ram. Some people think that being a curator must be a glamorous job-and it probably is if you work for the Guggenheim, but I work in a historical village. Among my qualifications, I have a doctorate, shelves full of books, and a talent for public speaking, but more importantly, I have a miter saw, painting experience, a hammer, and Zelda. Zelda had every reason to expect the easy life of an urban truck when sold to someone living a mile from downtown Dallas. She was soon disabused of that notion. DHV is Dallas’ only downtown working farm, and every farm needs a farm truck. Zelda has hauled hay and countless 50-pound bags of feed for a ..

The spark

Published on Friday, July 01, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
Come with us now and catch a glimpse of exciting behind-the-scenes action at Dallas Heritage Village. The setting: Gary Smith’s Office, about a year ago. Executive Director Gary Smith, Curator of Exhibits and Collections Evelyn Montgomery, and Director of Education Melissa Prycer are talking about The Future. Gary: Attendance is holding steady, but income just isn’t. We’ve got to figure out new ways to fulfill our mission. Melissa: We need to focus on children. They’re just so darn cute! Evelyn: But what about our precious artifacts? We have to protect our artifacts, and children might accidentally destroy things. Gary: You know, we’re finishing up restoring the General Store. What if we rethink the e ..

The Lonely Frontier

Published on Saturday, May 07, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
My corset was hot!—because it was summer, in Texas, what did you think I meant? I was fully embedded in my role as Mrs. Hedgecoxe, a rude antebellum liar trying to convince naïve dupes to buy land here. The naïve dupes were played by modern visitors, who did not believe me when I said “the weather in Texas is perfect, never too hot, never too cold, and always just the right amount of rain.” They did admire the Village’s retail opportunities, a general store that I assured them stocked both dress fabric and plows. Since we were inhabiting a year decades before the train reached Dallas, I explained the Depot as a proactive construction by a town confident of its future growth. And then I asked if they were ready to make the arduous journey o ..