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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

“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:




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.



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.



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


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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

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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

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


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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, or visit

 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 or at the gate.


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Jumbo fun! Put down the video games and come play some classic games as children did long ago!


The fun gets BIGGER this week with oversized classic games to play and a special spring exhibit


Dallas Heritage Village hosts Spring Fling: Jumbo Fun! Tuesday, March 14 thru Friday, March 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at 1515 S. Harwood, to encourage kids to get up and get out and enjoy the great outdoors with some oversized classic games and old fashioned fun.


“We wanted to do something different this year with some old classics to encourage families to enjoy the great outdoors, spend some memorable time together and just have fun,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “Kids will love bowling with a ball as big as they are and building a train of dominoes as big as their feet and many more activities!  These fun activities also a provide a wonderful incentive to put down the video games and enjoy some old fashioned fun in the great outdoors as children did many years ago.”


Activities include oversized bowling on the lawn, checkers, dominos, hoops and graces, and scrabble.  The weeklong event will also feature a special spring exhibit titled “Log Cabins: Quilts, Houses and Toys.”   Attendees can build a log cabin and walk right in, stretch their creativity with traditional Lincoln Logs, and try combining fabrics on quilt puzzles. 


“Two quilts in log cabin designs will also be on display,” added Prycer.  “There will be a rough wool version that would look right at home in a cozy mountain cabin and a sophisticated silk quilt on display for the first time after being restored with a generous grant from the Quilter's Guild of Dallas.”


Children will also learn how quilts and cabins kept pioneers warm on the frontier. This special exhibit will remain open until April 2.  Guests may also tour the Village throughout the week and learn about its history. Young shopkeepers, shoppers, and postal workers can have fun role playing at The Blum Brothers store.  And everyone enjoys stopping by to see Mammoth Jack Donkeys Nip and Tuck and their new friends Willie and Waylon, who are now quite settled in their new home.


“March is an extremely busy time at Dallas Heritage Village, and we anticipate seeing a lot of families during the annual fun Spring Fling week,” added Prycer. “Make some memories with your family this week!”


Tickets are $9/ adults; $7/ seniors; $5 / kids 4-12, children 3 and under are free.  All activities are free with admission.  For more information, go to or call 214-421-5141.   Check in at Spring Fling via Facebook.  Leave your tips and reviews and let others know about all the fun things happening.


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Dallas Heritage Village The 100-foot flag pole where the long-lost City of Dallas replica flag will fly in the Dallas skyline.

Once replica is complete, it will fly at Dallas Heritage Village over I-30 and downtown Dallas –

back into the Dallas skyline, preserving Dallas heritage for generations to come


Two Dallas residents and a long-lost historic flag have inspired Dallas Heritage Village to become involved in a unique effort to bring back an emblem reminding us to respect our past and preserve our heritage for generations to come.  Dallas Heritage Village, whose mission is to preserve Dallas and Texas history, is launching an online fundraising campaign, beginning January 12, to raise $10,000 to make two replicas of the newly discovered, historic Dallas flag, which upon completion, will fly at Dallas Heritage Village on its 100-foot tall flag pole. The fundraising campaign will close on February 2 on the City of Dallas’ 160th birthday.  The large replica flag, measuring 20 feet in height and 50 feet in length, will be raised for the first time at Dallas Heritage Village on Sunday, March 26 at a special 12 p.m. flag ceremony during the Village’s annual Sunday Social event.  The Dallas flag will fly in rotation with the Texas flag.

The inspiration for this effort began with the help of two men: Dallas engineer Dallas May and The Dallas Morning News City Columnist Robert Wilonsky.  Over the last couple of years, May has been working to get a new municipal flag for the City of Dallas.  He spoke to the City Council in 2015 and has even presented his own design for a flag – one he feels speaks to the people.  A passionate advocate of building a better Dallas, May possesses a unique understanding for what a flag can mean for a city and how it can affect people on an emotional level.

Wilonsky learned of May’s thoughts and interests and thoroughly researched the history of Dallas flags, resulting in an article published over a year ago.

(A History of Dallas' Official Flag, Which Everyone Either Forgets About Or Wants To Change

“Dallas' first official flag dates back to March 20, 1916, and was the winning entry in a design contest sponsored by the short-lived Evening Journal, which was published a century ago by The Dallas Morning News,” wrote Wilonsky. “The winning design was by Jane Malone, who won a whopping $25 for her footnote of a flag that hung in a few places but was never mass-produced despite stop-and-start efforts.”

Dallas Heritage Village President and Executive Director Melissa Prycer stated, “I can’t help but wonder if World War I was the reason for the start and stop efforts of producing the flag. It’s very likely the city might have gotten busy doing other things, and this was not the priority of the time period, but this is something we will never know.”

Just before the holidays, Wilonsky was shopping at a Lakewood antique store when his son spotted a pennant with the familiar Dallas flag design Wilonsky had discovered in his research. Lu Smith, the owner of the antique booth at Curiosities in Lakewood, thinks she purchased it at a flea market in Dallas County.

“And as far as Dallas' official archivist John Slate is concerned, this is the only one in existence,” added Wilonsky.

Wilonsky wrote about finding the flag on December 22.

(Oh, Dallas, I Found Our Long-Lost, Never-Before-Seen, 100-Year-Old City Flag.

When May read Wilonsky’s article, he contacted Dallas Heritage Village to inquire if the Dallas Heritage Village would be interested in flying a large replica on their flag pole.  Dallas Heritage Village was elated about the possibility of being a part of this effort to restore the long-lost, never-before-seen flag and re-introducing this unique piece of history to the Dallas community.

“The plan is to raise the funds and produce two replicas as the wind can take a toll on flying flags,” added Prycer.  “It will be nice to have a replacement flag when needed,” added Prycer. “Any additional funds raised will go into the Dallas Heritage Village Flag Fund.

Anyone interested in helping recreate this historic emblem of our city and preserving it for generations to come, may donate online at:’-Long-Lost-Official-Flag, from January 12 to February 2.  Those donating $199 or less will receive two tickets to the Village’s annual Sunday Social event on March 26, and those donating $200 or more will receive four tickets.  The donation minimum is $10. The historic Dallas flag replica will be raised at noon to kick off the annual Jazz Age Sunday Social event on March 26.

“It is very exciting that Robert Wilonsky discovered this important piece of history and brought it back to life,” added Prycer.  The efforts of both Wilonsky and May combined are bringing a lost icon to back to our city. Obviously the Dallas Heritage Village, a living history museum dedicated to preservation, is very excited about it.”

For questions, please contact Dallas Heritage Village at 214-421-5141.

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Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village

As Dallas Heritage Village wraps up a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, it is planning for another important milestone.  Candlelight, the largest public fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village, invites the community to its 45th year, December 10 and 11, from 3 to 9 p.m.  This annual festival features holiday traditions of the 1800s, including musical performances, crafts, holiday décor and carolers, a train exhibit, hayrides pulled by a vintage tractor, a new exhibit in the Millermore home, and a variety of festive foods including some of Dallas’s popular food trucks.

 “Candlelight-45 Years of Memories,” gives visitors opportunities to not only reminisce about past celebrations at a special Candlelight photo exhibit, but also to create cherished new memories with families and friends.

“Every year, it is a joy to watch such a diverse crowd enjoying the magic of Candlelight,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director.  “While kids always love St. Nicholas, hayrides, carolers, crafts, and the trains, they are also fascinated to see how people of the past celebrated their holidays. Each year in the farmstead one of our costumed interpreters strings popcorn garland and encourages visitors to sit down and give it a try. I love to hear grandparents sharing their childhood traditions with their grandkids as they stroll along. We also see couples enjoying a quiet, cozy evening together in this magical backdrop.  With beautiful candlelit paths and activities spread across our 20 acres, Candlelight offers something unique for all ages.”

During Candlelight, pioneer and Victorian Texas is brought to life with costumed interpreters in historic buildings, circa 1840 to 1910, traditionally decorated by area garden clubs and featuring different holiday traditions. At the 1860s Farmstead, see how early Dallas pioneers enjoyed a modest Christmas as the country approached the Civil War.  Listen to Cowboys tell tales around the bonfire, and stop by the Alamo saloon for a root beer and game of dominoes. Take a stroll along candlelit paths and experience gleeful carolers, holiday storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, and craft-making.   Head to the Depot to visit with St. Nicholas and see the American Flyer model train exhibit, operated by the Lone Star Flyer Model Train Club.  Snap a picture with Village donkeys Nip and Tuck and our newest Mammoth Jack donkey team Willie and Waylon. Enjoy a hayride pulled by a vintage tractor ($3 per rider).  Watch local musicians, dancers, bands, choirs, and storytellers entertain at the Renner School (circa 1888), on the Main Street (circa 1900) stage, in the Pilot Grove Church (circa 1890). For a complete list of performances, visit Local food trucks are on site along with Kettle Korn as well as The Dallas Heritage Village Guild with its annual sale of baked goods, jams, and jellies.

New this year, visitors may take a tour of the temporary exhibit, “Millermore Exposed,” in the Village’s iconic antebellum home, showcasing the unique job of a curator upon receiving an empty home and artifacts to display.  The exhibit will showcase six different types of furnishings segregated into six rooms, educational activities, and a glimpse into a curator’s thought process.

All proceeds benefit museum programs at Dallas Heritage Village.  General admission (gate) is $12/adults, $10/seniors 65+ and $8/children, ages 4-12. Children under 4 and museum members are free. Tickets purchased online at by December 8 are $10/adults, $8/seniors 65+ and $6/children.  Visit for more details or call 214-421-5141. Self-parking is available for $5.

The Village’s historic structures are open for touring during regular museum hours throughout December.  Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. (Closed on Monday). With the exception of December 10 and 11, parking is free throughout the season.