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Dallas Heritage Village invites families to share in a fun day exploring architecture at this year’s History Quest: “We Built This City” on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1515 S. Harwood Street.  This event will also feature the opening of a preservation photography exhibit by four of Dallas Heritage Village’s Junior Historians.

“It is not uncommon for our visitors to comment about the unique visual of the historic buildings at the Village with the modern skyline in the background,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “This year we thought it would be fun to focus on architectural elements and give our guests the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, giving them a glimpse into what is involved in becoming architects.”

Stations throughout the Village will allow guests to participate in hands-on activities related to architecture. Activity stations will focus on style, materials, structure, ornaments, and livability: Style: character and appearance - create your own 2-D building by pasting various architectural styles together; Materials: matter and substances - touch and learn about different materials; Structure: weight supporting building elements - create your own or help build a community structure with toilet/paper towel rolls; Ornaments: decoration and details - touch and learn about different ornamentals, design your own; and Livability: health, safety, accessibility and wellness information station including details on greenhouses/gardening.

In Browder Springs Hall, the Village will showcase various architectural pieces from the museum’s collection as well as a preservation photography exhibit put together by four of Dallas Heritage Village’s Junior Historians. The historians selected preservation efforts in their own neighborhoods as the subjects of their photos:  Sarah Rutherford of Dallas photographed Old Frankford Church; Lydia Radke of Duncanville photographed The Music Room; Kara Simmons of Mesquite photographed the Opal Lawrence Home; and Kabilan Murugan of Lewisville photographed Nash Farm.  The photography exhibit will remain open at Dallas Heritage Village through July 4.

“We are so proud of our historians and their hard work on their individual photography projects,” added Prycer. “We hope you can join us for a fun day of learning, exploring, designing and appreciating architecture and preservation efforts across the area.”

History Quest discount tickets ($5 each) are available online through May 2. At the gate prices are $10/adult, $6/child and $8/senior, 65+.

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