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Trey and Tracey Pugh, Melissa Prycer, Mona and Bil Leadership for the 6th Annual History with a Twist fundraiser pictured at the History with a Twist Happy Hour at Vintage Martini kick off event. Melissa Prycer is president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village and Mona and Bill Graue are Honorary Chairs of the Sept. 21 History with a Twist.

North Dallas Resident Jethro Pugh III was first introduced to Dallas Heritage Village when he was a child on school field trips, and his passion to give back and serve this unique immersive history museum has grown over the years. This year Pugh is the chair of an important fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village - History with a Twist: Sock Hop, a 1950s-inspired cocktail party benefiting the Village's educational programs.

Born and raised in Dallas, Jethro Pugh III, affectionately known as Trey, is from a family who valued education.  His grandmother was a school principal in DISD, his mother and mother-in-law were teachers, and his wife, Tracey, is currently a school teacher at Greenhill School. His father, the late Jethro Pugh – known for his impressive football career with the Dallas Cowboys for 14 seasons – hosted an annual Jethro Pugh Scholarship Invitational golf tournament for over 20 years to raise funds for the United Negro College Fund. For many years, Trey enjoyed working with his Dad on the golf tournament and supporting this important cause.

This strong family foundation, coupled with his school field trip visits to Dallas Heritage Village as a young child, fostered Pugh’s love of history and education, which led to his passion for Dallas Heritage Village today. For the past seven years, Pugh has taken an active leadership role serving on the Dallas Heritage Village Executive Board as treasurer, then chairman-elect, and chairman – a position he held for two years.  Presently he is serving as chair of the annual History with a Twist event, which is an important fundraiser benefiting the many programs at Dallas Heritage Village.

“I am delighted to be chair of the 6th Annual History with a Twist, which will celebrate the 1950s,” said Trey Pugh. “If you have attended Twist in the past, then you know this event is so much fun and nothing like any other event in Dallas. There are many creative costumes each year, which for the ‘50s could range from poodle skirts and rolled up jeans to Elvis impersonators. Guests are invited to dress ‘50s chic, sip punch bowl cocktails, enjoy sock hop fare, soda shop sweets, and dance lessons to popular ‘50s tunes spun by DJ Jennifer Miller.  This night is important because it benefits all of the wonderful educational programs at Dallas Heritage Village.” 

Ever since it was established in Old City Park in 1966, Dallas Heritage Village has been preserving the history of Dallas and North Texas and telling the stories of the people representing the period 1840-1910. With over 50,000 visitors including individuals, children and families each year, Dallas Heritage Village uses its collections of historic buildings and furnishings to sponsor research, publications, and exhibits and presents educational programs and special events for a diverse audience of children and adults alike.

“Getting involved with Dallas Heritage Village has been an exciting way to stay connected to Dallas,” added Pugh. “I enjoy the different facets of Dallas history presented by the museum. The staff does a tremendous job featuring different cultures and ethnicities in addition to telling how people lived in North Texas at that time. When I was a child on field trips at the Village, it was as if history came alive. The passion for history and education in the staff, including the costumed interpreters throughout the historic buildings at the Village, is contagious.”

“The annual History with a Twist event is a fun way for the community to give to Dallas Heritage Village,” added Pugh. “By simply attending and having a fun time, you are supporting a historical museum with a strong educational program and valued school tours, which are teaching our children about the past in a way they will remember. The Village is also moving forward and playing an important part in the rapidly changing Cedars Neighborhood.  If you can join us on September 21, it’s a great way to have fun, meet new people, and support an important cause in our community.”

History with a Twist will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-10:30 p.m., at the Artists’ Quarter at South Side on Lamar, 1409 Lamar Street. Tickets are $150 and include 1950s-themed cocktails, sock hop fare, dancing and dance lessons, and live and silent auctions. Honorary Chairs are longtime supporters Mona and Bill Graue. Media and marketing sponsors are Cedars Neighborhood Association, CultureMap, Good Life Family Magazine, Oh So Cynthia, Park Cities News, and Downtown Dallas, Inc.

For event information and tickets contact Amber Oosterwaal, 214-413-3667, ambero@dallasheritagevillage.org  or visit www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

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