A few nights ago, I was going through my personal archive–you know, that box with old notes from high school and pictures of unfortunate choices in prom dresses. I was looking for something very specific (and found it!), but I ran across this letter: (/images/postimages/picture1.jpg) So, I guess this whole museum thing runs pretty deep. People often ask how I got involved with museums, and I almost never start with the Florence Ranch House. After all, I was just a teenager and not at all thinking about my professional future. But this letter reminds me that perhaps I should begin my museum story just a few years earlier. Looking at it with my grown-up eyes, I’m pretty proud of how professional I was, using the dot matrix printer and everything, but I also wish ..
As a living history museum, a large portion of our space is outdoors. That means when the lovely Texas weather is unbearably hot or frigidly cold, it is often a challenge to attract visitors. The same goes for rain as most people want to find nice, indoor activities to partake of when it is raining. What most people don’t realize, however, is that you can still enjoy plenty of outdoor activity and our Village no matter what the weather decides to be that day (or that hour here in Texas). Here is your “How-to” guide on enjoying the Village in the rain: First, make sure not to think of our facility as entirely outdoors. We have 18 historic buildings that are open during public hours that you may tour and explore, inside! Sure, you need to walk to and from e ..
A Post by Evelyn Montgomery: (/images/postimages/dscn0762.jpg) “Our sheep enjoy spacious accommodations and wonderful view of the Dallas skyline.” The flock at Dallas Heritage Village needs a new member. The current ovine (Google it and use it daily until it feels natural) population consists of two chubby Southdowns, Winston and Starbuck, and one aged Rambouillet, MayBelle. They would love to welcome a new, younger sheep to share their home at the farmstead of a nationally accredited museum in the heart of the fashionable Cedars neighborhood. This is an offer no sheep could refuse. The museum would not be able to pay for this new sheep, but would be happy to give you a letter acknowledging your donation to a registered non-profit, which th ..
Ten years ago, my boss burst into the copier room and said “There’s an opening at Old City Park. You should apply. I’ve already sent them your resume.” I was working as an intern at Heritage Farmstead in Plano, so it’s perhaps less surprising that my current employer was trying so hard to get rid of me. I had an interview a few days later, was offered the job, and accepted. (/images/postimages/100_4041.jpg) During a Barnyard Buddies program in 2006. At the time, I said to my mother that I figured this would be a 2-3 year stint and then I’d move on. I had assumed that there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities to create new programs or leave my mark on the organization. My mother has spent most of the last ten years reminding me ..
(/images/postimages/130926_0015.jpg)After 18 years as president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village, I have officially stepped back into a part-time role as director of strategic projects. In that new role I will now assist with capacity building fund raising and other projects at the Village, focusing first on the future of our property at 1610 South Ervay (formerly Yellow Cab), and later on endowment fund raising and planned giving. Succeeding me at Dallas Heritage Village is Melissa Prycer, who has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the Board of Trustees. Melissa has worked closely with me for many years, serving as educator and associate director and absorbing steadily increasing responsibility through the years. Well regarded both at the Village a ..