Almost six months ago, we closed Millermore to begin a major reinterpretation. Our goals are pretty simple: tell more stories about more people that lived and worked at Millermore throughout its 100-year history. Though we have been very busy, if you were to walk into Millermore today, you wouldn’t see a difference. Yet. So, how do you even begin a reinterpretation project of a house that’s been a part of the museum since the very beginning? We began with the primary sources. Since September, we’ve had a series of staff meetings, welcoming any member of staff that wants to come. Primary sources and documents are shared in advance, and then we all come together to discuss. Along the way, we’ve uncovered quite a few questions, some of wh ..
If you visited us last spring or summer, someone might have asked you to take a survey. Over 200 of you said yes! We thanked you profusely at the time, but we’re thanking you again. The results of that survey will shape Dallas Heritage Village for years to come. Last year, through a grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation (http://kingfoundation.com/), we joined a group of museums nationwide that said “Yes, we really do want to know what our visitors think about us.” The American Association for State and Local History (http://www.aaslh.org/) sponsors the Visitors Count program (http://tools.aaslh.org/visitors-count/), an extensive survey that helps us learn more about ourselves, as well as how we compare to other museums nationally. ..
Lately, we’ve been thinking some mighty big thoughts at DHV. To be perfectly honest, it seems like everyone in our neighborhood is thinking big thoughts. Four Corners Brewing opened their new location on Ervay Street (one of our borders) a few weeks ago. The Ambassador Hotel is getting ready to start a major renovation. There’s even talk of the nation’s first high speed rail coming in just a few blocks from DHV. Among all of these entities, we’re like the stable grandmother. As an institution, we’ve been an anchor of the Cedars neighborhood since 1969, when Millermore opened. But our land, the first City Park in Dallas, is the reason why this neighborhood exists. In the talk of all that’s new in the Cedars, our story is somehow neglected. ..
Guest post by History Host, Aidan Wright Dallas Heritage Village has started a new activity on Saturdays: The Learning Cart. This cart will regularly be filled with items of historical interest, that the public is encouraged to explore with their eyes and their hands. Oftentimes when someone asks to see something, they don’t really mean just to stare at it, but they want to pick it up and turn it around and explore every side. At the Learning Cart a constantly changing selection of 19th century items will delight your sight and touch. The letters along the side of the Learning Cart help to round out the senses by referring to a product that appeals to the senses of taste, hearing, and smell. “Coca-Cola” loudly proclaims the cart-sides in the ..
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 ..