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At the Movies with Abraham Lincoln

Published on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/media/rm291022848/tt0443272)Last week, Elaina (Education Assistant/Miss Gordon at the Farmstead) and I waited in a long line for a chance to see a free sneak preview of Lincoln (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/). After all, we are history nerds and we’re cheap. As we finally made our way into the theater, we ran into museum friends from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Dallas Historical Society and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. I shouldn’t have been so surprised to see them—after all, history museum employees are naturally attracted to such occasions. So, what did we think of said movie, set to open on November 16? Loosely based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals (which I haven’t read, Elaina has) ..

History Hits the Road

Published on Thursday, November 01, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/trip-with-bennett-0021.jpg)A merry troupe of historians set out one Friday to explore the history of the Cedars. This trip was part of an oral history project Dallas Heritage Village is conducting to accompany our new exhibit on the history of the neighborhood and the park. That will open in spring of 2013, and we have been busy collecting information and images. There is no better source for such information than Bennett Miller, a local developer and historian who has researched, owned and rehabilitated numerous buildings in the neighborhood. Our happy history hunters are pictured here, left to right: Steven Sielaff, of Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. He is a graduate student in Baylor’s Museum Studies program and expert on ..

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