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Author Myra Hargrave McIlvain Free lecture at Dallas Heritage Village

Dallas Heritage Village presents Author Myra Hargrave McIlvain, speaking about her historical fiction novel Stein House, for the fifth annual Nancy Farina Lecture Series, a FREE event, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. (reception); 7 p.m. (presentation), honoring the late Farina, a 20-year employee of Dallas Heritage Village. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, in Browder Springs Hall, at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, 75215.  Admission is free.

The Stein House reveals the history of a real Texas town through the lives of fictional characters. German immigrants are thrust into the bustling nineteenth century Texas seaport of Indianola, a lively town in 1853 that sat on Matagorda Bay, 40 miles from Victoria. German and other European settlers came in droves, and the town grew into a thriving seaport.  Unfortunately, two hurricanes almost exactly 10 years apart and a fire wiped the once-prosperous town off the map.  McIlvain’s novel follows the life of Helga Heinrich and her four children as they arrive from Germany and make a new life for themselves.  Helga, recently widowed, seeks the help of her sister’s husband to operate his boarding house and provide for her children.   Through her family’s point of view, readers learn about the diverse people who came through the boarding house and the community that served as the primary entry port for immigrants.  The story highlights the cruelties of yellow fever and slavery, the wrenching choices of Civil War and Reconstruction, murder, alcoholism and the devastation wrought by the hurricane of 1886.

“I am looking forward to speaking at Dallas Heritage Village and sharing “Stein House,” in which fictional characters come alive within the history of a real Texas town,” said McIlvain.  “Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres!”

McIlvain has been sharing her Texas tales for many years as a lecturer at The University of Texas OLLI Continuing Education Program and as a freelance writer for various newspapers and magazines such as “Texas Highways.”  Her books have won several awards.  “Stein House” was selected the winner of the 2014 General Fiction Award by the Texas Association of Authors; received a Kirkus Star Review in 2014; was one of four Indie books selected for the Kirkus Indie Book of the Month in the 9/15 Kirkus Reviews magazine; was named one of Kirkus Best of 2014; Best Adult Fiction, North Texas Book Festival in 2015; and a 2015 finalist for the Historical Fiction International Book Awards.

“We are so excited to welcome Ms. McIlvain to Dallas,” added Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “Little did we know at the time we invited McIlvain to Dallas Heritage Village, we would be experiencing so many hurricanes this year.  We can certainly relate to the tragedy experienced by the characters in her novel, devastated by two hurricanes 10 years apart.  We encourage the community to join us for this very special evening.”

The Nancy Farina Lecture Series honors Farina, who was a 20-year employee of Dallas Heritage Village. She served as vice president for development and capital giving for much of her tenure, which ended with her death in 2012. 

McIlvain lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. Her children are grown, and she enjoys the company of a houseful of grands.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served the event, which is free and open to the public.  Copies of McIlvain’s books will be for sale after the talk. For more information, visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org

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Neighborhoods We Called Home Exhibit Collaborators Pictured are all collaborators at the grand opening of the exhibit which runs until Dec. 30: Debra Polsky, Executive Director, Dallas Jewish Historical Society; Melissa Prycer, President and Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village; Dr. George Keaton, Jr., Founder, Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.; Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Dallas Heritage Village; Juanita Nañez, president, Dallas Mexican American Historical League.

Have you seen the new exhibit at Dallas Heritage Village?  Come enjoy a discussion about it and then tour!  (Free)

“Neighborhoods We Called Home” Round Table Discussion – Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 reception, 7 p.m. program.  

Discussion features representatives from each "Neighborhoods We Called Home" exhibit collaborator:  Albert Gonzalez, board member, Dallas Mexican American Historical League; Debra Polsky, Executive Director, Dallas Jewish Historical Society; and Dr. George Keaton, Jr., founder, Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.; and Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Dallas Heritage Village. Tours of the exhibits will immediately follow the round table discussion. 

Dallas Heritage Village recently opened a new fall exhibit “Neighborhoods We Called Home,” which is a collaborative effort with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, and Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.   The exhibit, which runs through December 30, 2017, explores the historic neighborhoods of Dallas that served as strong, supportive communities for Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American Dallasites from the early 1900s and beyond.

 Materials from the three co-sponsoring organizations will be installed in three corresponding structures at Dallas Heritage Village. The Jewish Historical Society will display materials in a Victorian house that the Village has dedicated to the presentation of Jewish history; the Dallas Mexican American Historical League’s materials will be featured in the railroad section house, as railroad work attracted many workers of Tejano or Mexican Heritage; and Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.’s materials will be exhibited in the Shotgun House, originally located in Dallas’ largest freedman’s town. All three organizations will also provide volunteers to staff their buildings during special events and field trip days.

In addition to the physical exhibits, which include stories and images of these historic Dallas neighborhoods, this project includes an interactive map of Dallas neighborhoods and their historic communities, created by Anita Palmer of GISetc: Educational Technology Consultants, as a donation to the project.

“This new exhibit will certainly be a highlight of the fall at Dallas Heritage Village and something the community will want to see,” added Evelyn Montgomery, curator, Dallas Heritage Village. “Our three collaborators have been hard at work on their respective exhibits, and it is very exciting to watch this come together.  Additionally, the interactive map will link to all four organizations’ websites and provide a more comprehensive look at what life was like for these communities in the 1900s.”

Each collaborator has accumulated material by collecting oral histories and digitizing family memorabilia from Dallas citizens. Materials also include artistic renderings, images of costumed celebrations, fashions and artifacts. In each case they tell the stories of people who faced challenges regarding their places in Dallas society. They found strength through community, including institutions such as churches, stores and social organizations, and through community events and celebrations in neighborhood parks.

Remembering Black Dallas, Inc., is redeveloping the Shotgun house with 1930’s décor. The main entry living area will be transformed into an informational area to highlight local Dallas African-Americans.  The other two rooms (kitchen and bedroom) will have artifacts and furniture to reflect the average urban family during that time.

“I hope this exhibit will be an ongoing project that will continue to evolve and be an educational and informative tool that will reinvent itself and grow,” said Dr. George Keaton, Jr., founder, Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.  “For example, I would like to eventually see the addition of an outhouse to the shotgun house building as well as videos that show vintage footage of the African-American life and people in Dallas.”

The three temporary installations will complement Dallas Heritage Village’s existing exhibit on the history of the Cedars Neighborhood, Dallas’ first residential enclave.  In its long history, the Cedars has been home to Dallas’ elite as well as mills, warehouses and the homes of their employees.  It housed Dallas’ first Jewish community, a thriving Hispanic barrio, and a community of African-American Dallasites.  Throughout that history, the city park where Dallas Heritage Village now stands was the center of life in the Cedars. 

“This collaboration not only gives us a chance to showcase where we each fit into the history of Dallas, but it also helps us find more ways the three communities were and are connected,” said Debra Polsky, Executive Director, Dallas Jewish Historical Society. “Mexican-Americans succeeded Eastern European Jews in Goose Valley, black Dallasites owned much of the land on which the Orthodox Jewish community now resides, and all three ethnic groups suffered the effects of bigotry and flourished alongside the city of Dallas through its growth.” 

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dallas Heritage Village is located at 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas  75215-1273. The exhibit is free with general admission: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4 through 12 years.  Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge.  For information call (214) 421-5141 or visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

“Dallas is a multicultural city, and Dallas Mexican American Historical League commends Dallas Heritage Village in developing a simultaneous opportunity to share those stories with the general public,” said Juanita Nañez, president, Dallas Mexican American Historical League. “What will be gained from this exhibit is not only learning of the uniqueness of the different cultures, but also seeing that there are more similarities than differences between all groups.  These are the same stories of aspirations, hard work and allegiance to country shared by many different cultures across the U.S.”

A public scanning day to preserve images and documents held by private individuals will take place on Sunday, November 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in Browder Springs Hall.  These images will be sent to the appropriate corresponding exhibit collaborator for historic preservation in their permanent collections.

 

The “Neighborhoods We Called Home” exhibit collaborators share their thoughts:

WHAT WERE NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN, JEWISH, AND HISPANIC PEOPLE IN DALLAS IN THE 1900S?

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS:

Remembering Black Dallas, Inc. – DR. GEORGE KEATON, JR., FOUNDER:

During this era, much like today, there were examples of African Americans that lived and existed in segregated neighborhoods, varying from low income to high income status. During the 1930s, the Great Depression brought new challenges to already difficult situations. Despite Dallas historically being a city of high Klan activity and influence, African Americans faced several constant struggles that included colored laws, segregation, unfair housing, job discrimination, poor health services, and lack of proper and unequal funding for public education. Dallas was affected by the Great Depression but did not suffer as badly as many other larger cities. The emerging oil boom of East Texas was helping Dallas become a financial district. Some key African-American leaders in Dallas included Juanita Craft, a civil rights pioneer and member of the Dallas City Council, who in 1955, organized a protest of the State Fair of Texas against its policy of admitting blacks only on “Negro Achievement Day.”  A. Maceo Smith moved to Dallas and taught business courses in Dallas ISD; became editor of the Dallas Express; promoted black economic and political empowerment; and became the first executive secretary of the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce as well as deputy director of the Hall of Negro Life at the Texas Centennial Exposition.

 

HISPANIC NEIGHBORHOODS (BARRIOS):

Dallas Mexican American Historical League – JUANITA NAÑEZ, PRESIDENT:

From 1910-1917, the Mexican Revolution was in full force, and immigrants were fleeing to the U.S. for jobs and settling into different barrios (neighborhoods).  The neighborhoods were places to connect, reminisce, dream and plan the future for next generations.  The first and largest of the Mexican barrios, Little Mexico, consisted of ten city blocks bordered by McKinney Avenue, Akard Street, Griffin Street and Stand Pipe Hill on the northwest and the MKT railroad on the southwest.  There were many mom and pop grocery stores, restaurants, some bakeries, tortilla and tamale factories, and stores. Weekend celebrations were held at Pike Park, and Sundays were for church followed by picnics or family dinners. Education was the key to the future, and many became first generation high-school and college graduates. Men began serving in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, and women began working outside the home to fill the worker void left by the deployed soldiers. The Trinity River spilled over in The Great Flood of 1908, leading to new levees and borders connecting Dallas to West Dallas and Oak Cliff, where new, Mexican barrios developed. Approximately 19 other barrios formed throughout Dallas.  Many community, civic, and business leaders emerged from these barrios.

 

JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS:

Dallas Jewish Historical Society – DEBRA POLSKY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

By that time, although some still lived near or above their businesses, most of the earliest Jewish residents were living near their synagogues in the area called “The Cedars” on the streets around City Park.  Newer immigrants lived more modestly in the area known as Goose Valley or North Dallas, and generally attended a more Orthodox congregation.  By the 1920s, as the city of Dallas expanded, residential neighborhoods blossomed south of downtown.  In the 1920s & 1930s City Park (the site of Dallas Heritage Village) was the center of the Jewish Dallas, with homes surrounding the park, the Columbian Club, the Jewish Community Center, Temple Emanu-El, and Congregation Shaareth Israel.  Dallas residents, in general, and Jews, in particular, continued to move farther south to South Boulevard, Park Row and Forest Avenue (now ML King Boulevard). Blocks full of businesses, many Jewish-owned, opened in the 1920s and 1930s, mixed with many residential streets.  Some lavish homes were built on South Boulevard and Park Row by established Jewish businessmen.  It was South Dallas that continued to nurture and coalesce the various Jewish groups (German & Eastern European, Reform to Conservative to Orthodox), and became a real community. 

 

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Ribbon Cutting Event at The Parlor Jessica Carrier, Director of Children’s Programs, Vogel Alcove; Matthew Mitzner, Attorney, Thompson & Knight, LLP; Melissa Prycer, President and Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village; Mandy Olsen, Curator of Education; Trey Pugh, President, Board of Directors, Dallas Heritage Village; Katie Grimes, former Assistant Director, Enrichment, Vogel Alcove.

 

This new permanent play space features areas for manipulatives and dramatic play as well as

a reading nook, weaving station, and oversized chalkboard

 

Dallas Heritage Village opens a new permanent early childhood interactive play space this fall called “The Parlor” in the previous Law Office building on the Village’s Main Street, located at 1515 S. Harwood.  Inspired by Dallas Heritage Village’s smallest next door neighbors, the children from Vogel Alcove, this 924 sq.-ft.-transformed space features a reading nook; a dramatic play area where children can dress up and interact in a faux parlor setting with a tea set, food, and more; a hands-on manipulatives area with blocks, cars, animal figurines, and more; a weaving station; and a chalkboard across the back wall. 

The Village’s desire for an early childhood learning space accelerated in the spring of 2014 when Vogel Alcove moved into the City Park School across the street from Dallas Heritage Village. As soon as Dallas Heritage Village President and Executive Director Melissa Prycer learned the nonprofit was coming to the neighborhood, she contacted Vogel’s Executive Director Karen Hughes, asking her to please consider the museum as an extension of their classroom, and a special friendship began. Since then, the two nonprofits have partnered in numerous ways, while working together to create experiences that accommodate Vogel Alcove’s specialized needs of trauma-informed care while providing developmentally appropriate cognitive, physical, social, and emotional learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

“Vogel’s toddlers and infants are the busiest users of Dallas Heritage Village,” added Prycer. “Some classes come at least once a week while others make impromptu visits. It soon became clear that it was time to create a special space for our smallest learners. We wanted a space that could be the home base for Vogel children when they visit, providing a familiar starting point before they explore other parts of the museum complex. We hope to have at least one weekly class in The Parlor for the Vogel Alcove kids, and our family visitors will also be able to enjoy the space. Kids will have a place to play and explore and parents, a place to relax.”

“The homeless children we serve do not have a true community to belong to – but because of Dallas Heritage Village, they have a wonderful place to call their own,” said Karen Hughes, president and CEO, Vogel Alcove.  “We are so excited to partner with Dallas Heritage Village to provide exciting enrichment activities for our children.  The new Parlor will add a new way for our children to enjoy the visits across the street.  We are blessed to have Dallas Heritage Village as our neighbor and our partner in serving these children who are working to overcome the traumatic effects of poverty.”

The Parlor became a reality in 2016 when Dallas Heritage Village received a Community Anchor grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) for $93,033 over a period of three years. Additionally, Thompson & Knight Foundation is providing $25,000 over a period of three years, and The Hoglund Foundation has made a $10,000 gift.

“The IMLS grant and the support of our generous donors have enabled us to create this exciting new space which increases our ability to provide effective early childhood education programs,” added Prycer. “No other history organization in the area provides preschool programming, and it is our hope to continue to expand our offerings. Since we began Barnyard Buddies Story Time program over a decade ago, our stroller traffic has increasingly grown with about 33 percent of our child visitors age 5 and under. The building will be incredibly active, both with children from Vogel Alcove and family visitors.”

In addition to Vogel Alcove, The Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Southern Methodist University is also a partner in the exhibit. CORE is creating surveys for visitors to evaluate the programs while establishing tools, guidelines, and best practices for early childhood education within museums.

“Museums have much to offer young children, but their unique learning needs can be at odds with traditional museums,” added Yetunde Zannou, Ph.D., Evaluation Project Manager, CORE, SMU. “Since starting our evaluation of the Community Anchors partnership between Dallas Heritage Village and neighboring Vogel Alcove in 2016, CORE has greatly anticipated completion of The Parlor, a dedicated space for The Village’s youngest visitors. In the short run, CORE hopes to see The Parlor become a home-base for quality early learning activities at this unique history museum; in the long run, we anticipate The Parlor being an example within the larger museum community of what’s possible when need and partnership opportunity are met with creative solutions and commitment to bring an idea to life.”

The space will open to the public during all Barnyard Buddies preschool story time programs as well as at all educational events. Please refer to http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/the-parlor to confirm dates The Parlor will be open.

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Blum House Featuring materials from the Dallas Jewish Historical Society

Dallas Heritage Village announces the opening of a new fall exhibit “Neighborhoods We Called Home,” which is a collaborative effort with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, and Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.   The exhibit, which runs from September 1 through December 30, 2017, explores the historic neighborhoods of Dallas that served as strong, supportive communities for Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American Dallasites from the early 1900s and beyond.

Materials from the three co-sponsoring organizations will be installed in three corresponding structures at Dallas Heritage Village. The Jewish Historical Society will display materials in a Victorian house that the Village has dedicated to the presentation of Jewish history; the Dallas Mexican American Historical League’s materials will be featured in the railroad section house, as railroad work attracted many workers of Tejano or Mexican Heritage; and Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.’s materials will be exhibited in the Shotgun House, originally located in Dallas’ largest freedman’s town. All three organizations will also provide volunteers to staff their buildings during special events and field trip days.

In addition to the physical exhibits, which include stories and images of these historic Dallas neighborhoods, this project includes an interactive map of Dallas neighborhoods and their historic communities, created by Anita Palmer of GISetc: Educational Technology Consultants, as a donation to the project.

“This new exhibit will certainly be a highlight of the fall at Dallas Heritage Village and something the community will want to see,” added Evelyn Montgomery, curator, Dallas Heritage Village. “Our three collaborators have been hard at work on their respective exhibits, and it is very exciting to watch this come together.  Additionally, the interactive map will link to all four organizations’ websites and provide a more comprehensive look at what life was like for these communities in the 1900s.”

Each collaborator has accumulated material by collecting oral histories and digitizing family memorabilia from Dallas citizens. Materials also include artistic renderings, images of costumed celebrations, fashions and artifacts. In each case they tell the stories of people who faced challenges regarding their places in Dallas society. They found strength through community, including institutions such as churches, stores and social organizations, and through community events and celebrations in neighborhood parks.

Remembering Black Dallas, Inc., is redeveloping the Shotgun house with 1930’s décor. The main entry living area will be transformed into an informational area to highlight local Dallas African-Americans.  The other two rooms (kitchen and bedroom) will have artifacts and furniture to reflect the average urban family during that time.

“I hope this exhibit will be an ongoing project that will continue to evolve and be an educational and informative tool that will reinvent itself and grow,” said Dr. George Keaton, Jr., founder, Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.  “For example, I would like to eventually see the addition of an outhouse to the shotgun house building as well as videos that show vintage footage of the African-American life and people in Dallas.”

The three temporary installations will complement Dallas Heritage Village’s existing exhibit on the history of the Cedars Neighborhood, Dallas’ first residential enclave.  In its long history, the Cedars has been home to Dallas’ elite as well as mills, warehouses and the homes of their employees.  It housed Dallas’ first Jewish community, a thriving Hispanic barrio, and a community of African-American Dallasites.  Throughout that history, the city park where Dallas Heritage Village now stands was the center of life in the Cedars. 

“This collaboration not only gives us a chance to showcase where we each fit into the history of Dallas, but it also helps us find more ways the three communities were and are connected,” said Debra Polsky, Executive Director, Dallas Jewish Historical Society. “Mexican-Americans succeeded Eastern European Jews in Goose Valley, black Dallasites owned much of the land on which the Orthodox Jewish community now resides, and all three ethnic groups suffered the effects of bigotry and flourished alongside the city of Dallas through its growth.” 

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dallas Heritage Village is located at 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas  75215-1273. The exhibit is free with general admission: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4 through 12 years.  Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge.  For information call (214) 421-5141 or visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

“Dallas is a multicultural city, and Dallas Mexican American Historical League commends Dallas Heritage Village in developing a simultaneous opportunity to share those stories with the general public,” said Juanita Nañez, president, Dallas Mexican American Historical League. “What will be gained from this exhibit is not only learning of the uniqueness of the different cultures, but also seeing that there are more similarities than differences between all groups.  These are the same stories of aspirations, hard work and allegiance to country shared by many different cultures across the U.S.”

Upcoming related events include a round table discussion on Dallas community history featuring Dr. George Keaton, Jr., Remembering Black Dallas, Inc.; Albert Gonzalez, Dallas Mexican American Historical League; and Debra Polsky, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program (no admission required). Evelyn Montgomery, Ph.D., curator of Dallas Heritage Village, will serve as the moderator. Tours will immediately follow discussion. Additionally, a public scanning day to preserve images and documents held by private individuals will take place on Sunday, November 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in Browder Springs Hall.  These images will be sent to the appropriate corresponding exhibit collaborator for historic preservation in their permanent collections.

 

 

 

The “Neighborhoods We Called Home” exhibit collaborators share their thoughts:

WHAT WERE NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN, JEWISH, AND HISPANIC PEOPLE IN DALLAS IN THE 1900S?

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS:

Remembering Black Dallas, Inc. – DR. GEORGE KEATON, JR., FOUNDER:

During this era, much like today, there were examples of African Americans that lived and existed in segregated neighborhoods, varying from low income to high income status. During the 1930s, the Great Depression brought new challenges to already difficult situations. Despite Dallas historically being a city of high Klan activity and influence, African Americans faced several constant struggles that included colored laws, segregation, unfair housing, job discrimination, poor health services, and lack of proper and unequal funding for public education. Dallas was affected by the Great Depression but did not suffer as badly as many other larger cities. The emerging oil boom of East Texas was helping Dallas become a financial district. Some key African-American leaders in Dallas included Juanita Craft, a civil rights pioneer and member of the Dallas City Council, who in 1955, organized a protest of the State Fair of Texas against its policy of admitting blacks only on “Negro Achievement Day.”  A. Maceo Smith moved to Dallas and taught business courses in Dallas ISD; became editor of the Dallas Express; promoted black economic and political empowerment; and became the first executive secretary of the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce as well as deputy director of the Hall of Negro Life at the Texas Centennial Exposition.

 

HISPANIC NEIGHBORHOODS (BARRIOS):

Dallas Mexican American Historical League – JUANITA NAÑEZ, PRESIDENT:

From 1910-1917, the Mexican Revolution was in full force, and immigrants were fleeing to the U.S. for jobs and settling into different barrios (neighborhoods).  The neighborhoods were places to connect, reminisce, dream and plan the future for next generations.  The first and largest of the Mexican barrios, Little Mexico, consisted of ten city blocks bordered by McKinney Avenue, Akard Street, Griffin Street and Stand Pipe Hill on the northwest and the MKT railroad on the southwest.  There were many mom and pop grocery stores, restaurants, some bakeries, tortilla and tamale factories, and stores. Weekend celebrations were held at Pike Park, and Sundays were for church followed by picnics or family dinners. Education was the key to the future, and many became first generation high-school and college graduates. Men began serving in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, and women began working outside the home to fill the worker void left by the deployed soldiers. The Trinity River spilled over in The Great Flood of 1908, leading to new levees and borders connecting Dallas to West Dallas and Oak Cliff, where new, Mexican barrios developed. Approximately 19 other barrios formed throughout Dallas.  Many community, civic, and business leaders emerged from these barrios.

 

JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS:

Dallas Jewish Historical Society – DEBRA POLSKY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

By that time, although some still lived near or above their businesses, most of the earliest Jewish residents were living near their synagogues in the area called “The Cedars” on the streets around City Park.  Newer immigrants lived more modestly in the area known as Goose Valley or North Dallas, and generally attended a more Orthodox congregation.  By the 1920s, as the city of Dallas expanded, residential neighborhoods blossomed south of downtown.  In the 1920s & 1930s City Park (the site of Dallas Heritage Village) was the center of the Jewish Dallas, with homes surrounding the park, the Columbian Club, the Jewish Community Center, Temple Emanu-El, and Congregation Shaareth Israel.  Dallas residents, in general, and Jews, in particular, continued to move farther south to South Boulevard, Park Row and Forest Avenue (now ML King Boulevard). Blocks full of businesses, many Jewish-owned, opened in the 1920s and 1930s, mixed with many residential streets.  Some lavish homes were built on South Boulevard and Park Row by established Jewish businessmen.  It was South Dallas that continued to nurture and coalesce the various Jewish groups (German & Eastern European, Reform to Conservative to Orthodox), and became a real community. 

 

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Patriotic Parade at Noon Decorate you wagon or bike or yourself- and participate in the parade around the village.

Enjoy historic games and the annual carnival; pack a picnic; make crafts; participate in the annual parade around the village; and make special memories with your family

Deck the family out in red, white, and blue, grab your picnic basket and little red wagon and come celebrate the nation’s past at Dallas Heritage Village’s Old Fashioned Fourth, Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., (parade at noon), 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas  75215-1273.

Kids may decorate their wagons and bikes at the craft station for the popular patriotic parade around the village at noon, or they may decorate themselves and march in the parade.  The Junior Historians will run the popular annual carnival which includes pick a duck, “go fishing” for prizes, bean bag toss, and the famous annual stick pony race for ages 3-11.  Additional activities include historic games such as horseshoes, graces, and checkers, and patriotic crafts including making fireworks paintings with cardboard tubes and making Uncle Sam with Popsicle sticks. Guests may pose for patriotic pictures with Mammoth Jack Donkeys Nip and Tuck and Waylon and Willie.  Throughout the village, musical performances will keep toes tapping. 

All of the historic buildings will be open for touring, and costumed interpreters will be on hand to visit about what life in North Texas from 1840 to 1910. The Village’s exciting new early childhood learning space will also be open for young ones to explore. The saloon is a popular afternoon spot for a cold root beer and a game of cards or dominoes. The Dallas Heritage Village Guild will be selling popcorn, cotton candy, and water bottles at the popcorn wagon.

“Old Fashioned Fourth features lots of fun activities for families and is an exciting time to come to Dallas Heritage Village,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director.  “For many, this beloved annual event is a family tradition!  So come make some special memories with your family and see what’s new at Dallas Heritage Village.”

Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older.  Those 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash for carnival fun.  Tickets for carnival games are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. For more information call (214) 413-3669 or visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

 

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5th Annual History with a Twist-1940s Style Tiffany Derry, all-star top chef; Melissa Prycer, president and exec. director, Dallas Heritage Village; Charlie Papaceno, Industry Alley; Trey Pugh, chair, board of directors, Dallas Heritage Village

Tiffany Derry’s Southern Creations and Charlie Papaceno’s Historic Cocktails – 1940s Style –Delighted Guests at Dallas Heritage Village’s 5th Annual History with a Twist

The joint was jumping on Saturday, April 29 at Dallas Heritage Village’s signature fundraiser, History with a Twist, presented by Sidley Austin, LLP.  Not even the threat of torrential rain could keep guests away from the 5th annual event, featuring an evening of  delicious southern comfort  food by Top Chef All-Star Tiffany Derry; historic cocktail creations by Charlie Papaceno –  lovingly known as the godfather of the Dallas craft cocktail scene; live music by the Singapore Slingers; and dancing with instruction by Elaine Hewlett and the Rhythm Room dancers. 

Derry’s menu consisted of food likely to be served at a dinner party in the 1940s.  Guests dined on roasted turkey, beef bourguignon, twice-baked potatoes, a medley of vegetables, garden and Caesar salads and desserts including lemon pie, fresh strawberry and coconut cakes, as well as decorative cupcakes. Papaceno shook things up with a new twist on four different cocktail creations: the Singapore Sling; Moscow Mule; Maime Taylor; and Rusty Nail – all popular drinks during the 1940s. Guests hit the dance floor in vintage clothing to 1940s tunes by the Singapore Slingers.

Derry, who wowed judges on the seventh season of “Top Chef,” is one of America’s most celebrated young chefs.  Papaceno, of Industry Alley, is one of Dallas’ finest and most beloved bartenders.

 

History with a Twist raises important proceeds to support learning opportunities for students and adults at Dallas Heritage Village. Visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

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Dr. Ken Hafertepe

FREE to the public, this lecture is presented by Dallas Heritage Village and the Dallas Goethe Center

 Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, a Dallas native, professor of Museum Studies, and chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, and author of six books, will give an illustrated lecture, “Preserving German Texan Heritage” on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m., in Browder Springs Hall, Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hafertepe is the author of two acclaimed books on German Texan heritage: The Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County (2015) and The Material Culture of German Texans (2016), both published by Texas A&M University Press. The Texas State Historical Association recently awarded The Material Culture of German Texans the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture.  This book will be the focus of his lecture.

“We are excited and honored to partner with the Dallas Heritage Village,” said Christine Dunton-Tinnus, executive director, Dallas Goethe Center, Inc. “Having experts such as Kenneth Hafertepe speak at our events allows us to fulfill our mission and develop an understanding as well as appreciation of German history and culture.”

“Dallas Heritage Village is thrilled to welcome Dr. Hafertepe, a longtime supporter and colleague,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “Texas is home to so many diverse cultures, and we are always delighted to highlight some of these immigrant groups.  The German influence is certainly one of the most prevalent and can be seen in our collection.”

His talk will cover the distinctive style that was created by German immigrant craftsmen between 1845 and 1885 as well as the ways in which Germans preserved aspects of their culture even as they embraced the ways of their new homes in Texas. He will also discuss the heroic work done by collectors and museums – such as Dallas Heritage Village – to preserve German Texan heritage, and also the challenges that museums and historic sites face in the 21st century.

Copies of Hafertepe’s books will be for sale after the talk. For more information, visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org

Also on this day, Preservation Dallas and Dallas Heritage Village are hosting an Architecture Scavenger Hunt from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. with free admission.  The Village features 21 historic buildings which educate visitors about life in North Texas from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Teams of up to six are allowed to participate, and families are encouraged to join in the fun. Participants who go on the hunt will be entered into drawings for prizes to be given out at the event. Register for the Scavenger Hunt at the main entrance. The Hunt will begin at 12:45 and end at 2:15 with prizes given out then.    

“May 21 is going to be an exciting day at Dallas Heritage Village,” added Prycer.  “Mark your calendar and come explore history with us!”

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Pack for the Trail! How much does it all weigh and how much will the wagon hold? What is most important to take for the long journey?

Dallas Heritage Village invites families to test their survival skills during History Quest: The Oregon Trail, Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1515 S. Harwood Street. 

Inspired by the Oregon Trail video game and board game, the day allows guests to experience what life was like on the Oregon Trail, the route that once served as the gateway to the American West, in the mid-1800s. The Oregon Trail was the primary pathway for American emigrants searching for new lands and opportunity on the frontier. From its main departure points in Missouri, the grueling overland route stretched 2,000 miles over the Great Plains and the Continental Divide, finally ending in the fertile Willamette Valley or the gold fields of California. More than 400,000 pioneers traveled its trails in the boom years between 1840 and 1860, braving everything from disease outbreaks and wagon accidents to arid deserts and rushing river crossings. 

Upon arrival to Dallas Heritage Village, Oregon Trail participants will receive information outlining various activities as they learn about day-to-day survival skills that someone navigating the frontier faced.   Some of the hands-on stops along the way include:

Surviving the Journey:  Can you tell the difference between an edible and poisonous plant?  Do you know how to spend your limited money on items you would need to maneuver the trail? 

Packing for the Trail:  Pack your wagon with various weights and measures to ensure that you have the items you need and that you don’t exceed the limit for your long journey.

Symptoms and Cures:  Can you examine your fellow trailblazer’s sickness symptoms to name the disease and find a cure? Can you save them in time?

Watch out!  Who’s that on the Trail? Be on the lookout for bandits and critters! Watch for adversaries and ambushes - you never know what lies ahead on the trail.     

“This day is designed to give our visitors a real life experience as to what it was like for American emigrants making this treacherous journey,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “Participants will be faced with many decisions along the way, and activities will take them all over the Village.”

Discount tickets for History Quest: The Oregon Trail are available online for $5 each through May 10.  Tickets will be offered at the gate for $10/adult, $6/child (ages 4-12) and $8/senior, 65+, and under age 4 are free. Visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org

 

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Top Chef All-Star Tiffany Derry

Food, music, décor, vintage cars, cocktails - all from the 1940s

 

Dallas Heritage Village adds a new twist to the museum’s spring fundraiser with Top-Chef All-Star Tiffany Derry and craft cocktail scene guru Charlie Papaceno of Industry Alley at the 5th Annual History with a Twist, presented by Sidley Austin, LLP, Saturday, April 29, 6-10 p.m., on Main Street at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood.  Derry will be preparing southern comfort food – 1940s style – for the event, which will also feature music by The Singapore Slingers and historically inspired cocktails by Charlie Papaceno (known as the godfather of the Dallas craft cocktail scene).  History with a Twist raises important proceeds to support learning opportunities for students and adults at Dallas Heritage Village.

“We are so excited to have Tiffany and Charlie on board this year, and look forward to an exciting and fun evening,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “The 1940s were known for their classic comfort food, and we know Tiffany Derry’s recipes will not disappoint.  Additionally, the amazing Charlie Papaceno has put together “a new twist” on four cocktails that were popular in that time period.

Guests will step back into the 1940s as they stroll down Dallas Heritage Village’s historic Main Street sampling four cocktail creations of Papaceno’s (the Singapore Sling; Moscow Mule; Maime Taylor; and Rusty Nail) at numerous cocktail stations located in historic buildings as well as Derry’s creations.  Additionally, beer and wine will be available. There will be a vintage car show, jazz music provided by the Singapore Slingers, and dance lessons by Elaine Hewlett, of the Rhythm Room. Guests are encouraged to come in their own vintage attire from the 1940s. A selection of costume items will be for sale that evening for those who want to accessorize as well as a photo booth to document the occasion. In the General Store, guests may explore a special exhibit featuring a sampling of some rare/unique items in the Village’s collection not currently on public display. For example, a land deed signed by Sam Houston and Edward Eisenlohr’s notebook from childhood as well as some of his paintings. Eisenlohr was a Texas painter, lithographer, author, and lecturer, whose works have been exhibited in museums across the country. 

Derry, who wowed judges on the seventh season of “Top Chef,” is one of America’s most celebrated young chefs.  She was voted “fan favorite” and achieved a place in the competition’s final four. Derry’s quiet confidence, warm southern charm, and culinary expertise made her a natural selection for Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was again a finalist. Not bad for a chef who had to fight her way into the kitchen while waiting tables at IHOP as a teenager. By age 17, she was the youngest person ever to earn a management position in the company. Since then, Derry has continued to prove her skills behind the stove and in the business office. Upon high school graduation, Derry went on to hone her culinary techniques at the Art Institute of Houston, followed by stints in esteemed kitchens throughout Houston and Dallas.

 “If you have attended in the past, then you know this event is so much fun and nothing like any other event in Dallas,” said Melissa Prycer, President and Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “Join us!”

Sponsors to date include:  Presenting Sponsor ($10,000) Sidley Austin; ($5,000) Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, Ltd; ($2,500) Sue and Phil John; Lincoln Property Company; and Jolene and Mark Masur.

“History with a Twist is not only a fun way to benefit Dallas Heritage Village, but also a fun way to see its beautiful grounds and historic structures,” said Trey Pugh, chairman of the board.  “Thousands of school kids and families as well as individuals visit Dallas Heritage Village every week, exploring history by touring our historic structures, participating in interactive exhibits and attending special programs.  We are honored to have Tiffany and Charlie on board and are grateful for their enthusiasm and partnership!”

Cost is$125 for individuals or $250 for couples and includes cocktail samples, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and valet parking. Sponsorships are available.

For event information and tickets contact Preston Cooley, 214-413-3662, pcooley@dallasheritagevillage.org or visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

 See this video from a previous History with a Twist with a 1920's theme! 

 

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Costume contest for best lawn party attire at 2:30


Join us at noon for the historic flag raising ceremony of the replica of Dallas’ long-lost city flag! 

Watch this Jazz Age Sunday Social video from last year!

Don your best ’20s attire or walking whites and get ready to Charleston the afternoon away at the 4th Annual Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social, at Dallas Heritage Village on  Sunday, March 26, noon – 5 p.m., 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75215. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.  Officials and guests will gather at noon at the flagpolefor the flag-raising ceremony of the newly made replica of Dallas’ long lost city flag.  Music begins at 12:30 p.m. at the bandstand. This jazz age-inspired lawn party, presented by Dallas Heritage Village and the Art Deco Society of Dallas,  will surround the Van Cleave Bandstand with an afternoon of live music by the 18-piece Singapore Slingers and Dave Washburn's Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band, playing a repertoire of traditional jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. Guests may enjoy dancing, picnics, games, antique cars, photo booth, vintage vendors, ice cream, a costume contest, and more. 

Amelia Fox Trot will spin 78 rpm records on vintage phonographs, and an array of Model A Fords will be on display from Vintage Coach (also available for rides).  Guests may enjoy classic games such as croquet and horseshoes and tour the historic structures of the Village.  The Victorian Fencing Society will also be on site, and Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room will be teaching vintage dance steps in front of the bandstand. There will be a costume contest at 2:30 p.m. for best “Lawn Party attire.”

“It will be a great day at Dallas Heritage Village,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director.  “We are so excited to re-introduce  Dallas’ long lost city flag back into the skyline in a special flag-raising ceremony to kick of this year’s Sunday Social. Dallas Morning News  reporter and columnist Robert Wilonsky discovered this important piece of history, and we are grateful to him and Dallas May as well as the many community members who provided the funding to produce the replica.  This historic flag will serve as a unique emblem reminding us all to respect our past and preserve our heritage for generations to come.  We hope you can be a part of this historic and fun day at the Village!”

Picnic, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.  The Easy Slider Food Truck will be on site as well as Dallas Heritage Village’s vintage popcorn wagon, which will also be selling water. Vintage vendors to feature clothing, jewelry and antiques and include Ahoy! Cruises, Savannah Hoffman Designs, and Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe.

“One of our favorite events every year, the Jazz Age Sunday Social is the brainchild of our good friend Matt Tolentino of the Singapore Slingers,” added Prycer.  “It transforms the Village into a 1920s lawn party and picnic – fun for the whole family.  The Singapore Slingers also play each year at our History with a Twist fundraiser and will again on April 29.  Matt’s love for vintage is evident not only in his daily wear, but in his founding of the Art Deco Society of Dallas last year and in his ongoing efforts to preserve the music of generations past, bringing the music of yesterday to the modern audience of today.

“Both New York and Los Angeles host huge and amazing Jazz Age-inspired lawn parties, and it’s my hope for Dallas to be on the same page,” added Matt Tolentino. “Dallas Heritage Village is the ideal setting with its lush greens, new bandstand and historic setting.  The Jazz Age Sunday Social offers something for everyone – couples, families, and all lovers of things vintage. “

For the Jazz Age Sunday Social, kids 12 and under free.  All others: $10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dallasheritagevillage.org or at the gate.