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False Fronts

Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
(/images/postimages/2-stores.lr_.jpg) Why must beauty be more than skin deep? Why be genuine when fake is more appealing? I’m just talking about buildings here. Modest little buildings occupied by business owners who want their establishments to appear impressive, professional and well-established, so they “put up a front,” literally, to claim that image. What would you do if you found yourself the first storekeeper to arrive with a wagon full of goods at a new frontier town growing near the latest gold strike? Celebrate, because you would be destined to make a lot more money off of that gold than most of the miners, who lacked the foresight to bring adequate tools and food. They will have to buy from you, at any price you choose. First,  ..

History Quest: Everything’s Golden

Published on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
Confederate gold refers to hidden caches of gold lost after the American Civil War. There are stories that some of the Confederate treasury was hidden to keep it out of the Union’s hands. When Union troops were on the verge of invading New Orleans, Confederates quickly removed millions of dollars of gold to a “safer” location. What became of the gold is a mystery. I have often thought of Dallas Heritage Village as a hidden treasure in the middle of downtown Dallas, hidden in plain sight. The village is located on 13 acres of beautiful green space with one of the best views of the Dallas skyline around. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Where is the village located?” or “How long has it been there?” This year w ..

The 1960’s, not the 1860’s!

Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 By Melissa Prycer
In 1966 a group of intrepid ladies got together and saved Millermore. Our Junior Historians created a reenactment of this seminal event, which can be found at http://dallasheritagevillage.blueervay.com/supporters/millermore (/supporters/millermore) . This marked the beginning of what would become Dallas Heritage Village. Fifty years is a milestone worth celebrating, and the Village intends to do just that…Celebrate! As we move into spring our next big celebration is History with a Twist on April 30, 2016 presented by Sidley Austin LLP. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Twist is usually a jazz age, 20’s themed cocktail party. However, this year, in honor of our founding, DHV is flashing forward to the 60’s. I know that is a little beyond the Village&rsq ..

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: http://dallasheritagevillage.toursphere.com 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  ..

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