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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.

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Join us for donkey shenanigans!


Waylon and Willie, 6-year-old mammoth jack donkeys, are the newest residents in the Cedars, and they hope you will come join them and the boys, Nip and Tuck, for a fun day of donkey shenanigans


Dallas Heritage Village invites the community to come by for Cedars Open Studios on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., to meet mammoth jack donkeys Waylon and Willie, the newest residents of the Cedars at 1515 S. Harwood.  Waylon, Willie, and the boys (Nip and Tuck) have a fun day of donkey shenanigans planned for all of their guests. Admission is free.


For the past 13 years, Cedars Neighborhood Artists have opened their doors to the public for one day to showcase the talent, creativity and vibrant lives of the artists that work and live here.  Cedars Open Studios, a free event draws thousands of visitors, from all walks of life, to explore the neighborhood studios, learn about art, shop and enjoy local bars, restaurants, and a visit to Dallas Heritage Village.


While at the Village, make a donkey mask and pose for a picture with the boys, or try your hand at breaking the piñata at noon.  Watch the four-legged friends turn into artists, composing a masterpiece with their noses at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  Kids may also try a little “hoof” painting instead of finger painting to join the donkeys in the fun.  And naturally, you cannot leave without playing a quick game of pin the tail on the sheep. (That’s right, sheep. The donkeys have grown tired of having their tails pinned.)  Don’t forget to bring any spare change to vote for your favorite donkey, which will help the Village staff take care of them.  All exhibits will be open for touring, including “Millermore Exposed,” a new temporary exhibit showcasing how a curator would put together a new exhibit such as the Millermore home.


“Cedars Open Studios is always such a great day for visitors to explore the neighborhood, which is growing and thriving,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “And if you have never experienced donkey crafts and activities, this is your chance! We hope to have lots of visitors come by to give Willie and Waylon a big Texas welcome!”


Destined for Texas with birth names Waylon and Willie, the 6-year-old brothers, arriving just a few weeks ago, traveled to Dallas from Illinois. Since they arrived, Nip and Tuck, now age 20 and longtime residents at the Village, have been showing them the ropes.  They have relinquished their wagon-pulling duties to this new younger set but will continue to enjoy photo opportunities with their adoring fans as they bask in the glow of retirement.


“Waylon and Willie are adjusting well to their new homes and getting along splendidly with their elder mentors, and we want to express our appreciation to Stacey Angel of Dallas for underwriting their cost,” added Evelyn Montgomery, curator, Dallas Heritage Village.  “Without a doubt, they will become as beloved as Nip and Tuck, true urban pioneers who first brought livestock to downtown Dallas and won the love of museum visitors.  Willie and Waylon have some big horseshoes to fill!”


Dallas Heritage Village, celebrating 50 years in 2016, is an immersive history landscape that features a wide variety of authentic 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas.  The Village is set on 20 acres with over 25 historic structures depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910.  Dallas Heritage Village is one of only 5 nationally accredited museums in the Dallas area.  The Village showcases a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, a log cabin, a pre-Civil war home, an 1860’s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, schoolhouse and more.  Dallas Heritage Village has been recognized for multiple awards.  It is located at 1515 South Harwood, in the Cedars area with urban living and restaurants, near downtown Dallas and the popular Farmer’s Market complex.  Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  The Village is closed the months of January and August.  General Admission is $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.  There is special pricing for groups of 15 or more people.  For more information call 214-421-5141, email, or visit 

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Millermore today Millermore at Dallas Heritage Village



For almost 50 years, the iconic antebellum Millermore home, the first structure to arrive at Dallas Heritage Village, has been set up as a close replica of how it might have looked in 1861, the year that William Brown Miller first moved his family into their new home.  “Millermore Exposed,” a new temporary exhibit through December 30, puts visitors in the role of the curator who has just received the empty home and a few furnishings and is challenged to create an authentic exhibit. 

When the Dallas County Historical Society saved the home from destruction in 1966 and moved it to City Park, they took on the job of taking it back to 1861,” said Evelyn Montgomery, curator, Dallas Heritage Village. “How did they do that?  The curators also had to keep in mind that in the 100 years after William Brown Miller lived in the home, it was inhabited by new generations of Millers, who had made various changes and additions. This exhibit asks visitors to imagine what this job was like, how curators learned from people, documents and the house itself.”

For the exhibit, six different types of furnishings are segregated into six rooms. The dining room holds the most important collection – the artifacts received from the Miller family. Only a few pieces of Millermore’s usual furnishings are in this room. Many of the artifacts on view are temporarily returning to Millermore after decades in curatorial storage.

“The Miller’s actual possessions are a surprisingly random collection, including a silk quilt and photograph albums, mixed with a bullet mold, a coal scuttle and a leather lariat, frozen by time into a permanent coil,” added Montgomery.

Ninety percent of the household’s contents are in the parlor, designated for objects from the period of the 1860s, but from sources other than the Millers.  

“Here you will see a row of sofas, enough chairs to seat one tenth of Dallas’ population in 1861, china and lamps and toys,” added Montgomery.  “All might have been available for purchase by the original Miller inhabitants, but that is as close as they get to being Miller originals. What deep curatorial reasoning placed these objects in this particular room?”

The rest of the first floor is occupied by the educational activities and historical photos, focusing on how the building has affected those whose lives it has touched. Visitors can read thoughts about the house from past residents, friends and museum staff, and leave their own answers to the question “What does Millermore mean to me?”

Upstairs are objects that are used to fill out the period rooms. In the boys’ bedroom is the Village’s small but important collection of furniture made by nineteenth-century German-Texas craftsmen. Pieces include a domino table, wardrobe, day bed and dresser. Some of the pieces have been featured in Texas Furniture, by Lonn Taylor and David B. Warren and in the recently published The Material Culture of German Texans by Baylor University professor Kenneth Hafertepe. A “knock-down” wardrobe composed of six pieces for easy moving will be shown partially assembled.

“In the spirit of Millermore Exposed, the cleverly constructed daybed in this room is naked of textiles – its structure fully viewable,” added Montgomery.

The girls’ room displays the Victorian love of handcrafting by amateurs. Here are many pieces of hair art, including those that are mourning symbols. Two rag dolls are typical of the period, as is a perfectly adequate pastel rendering of grapes, a common accomplishment for young ladies.

“The ladies sketched, knitted, embroidered, tatted and painted china. All women quilted-though not all did it well,” said Montgomery.

The tiny nursery room holds one thing – a desk that was old when Millermore was built.  The slant-top desk is Chippendale in style, and most likely made in the 1780s or 1790s, before William Brown Miller was even born.

“His wife Emma may have liked nice new things, but nobody moves into a new house with only new furniture,” added Montgomery.  “Previously this desk was in the sitting room rather than the parlor, as Emma would not put such an old, out-of-style thing in her best room.”

“Finally, the master bedroom displays all the things museum staff members don’t usually admit to: the reproductions, modern versions, and pieces from 1880 or 1920 that can pass for 1861 so long as you don’t look too closely,” continued Montgomery.  “This room includes all of the curtains and draperies from the house as well as the candles and mattresses and reprints of period newspapers. “

In each room, signage is limited to notes and tags that the 1969 curator might have written while going through these objects and making decisions.

“Additionally, our annual Candlelight celebration on December 10 and 11 will bring an honest example of the differences between our usual Christmas decorating in Millermore and its more likely holiday appearance in 1861,” said Montgomery.   

In February, the house will reopen in more familiar form.

Dallas Heritage Village is located at 1515 S. Harwood.  The Millermore home is open during all operating hours.  Tickets are $9 adults, $7 seniors 65+, $5 for children, ages 4-12.  Children under 4 are free. Visit for more information.



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Old Fashioned Fourth posing at the vintage popcorn wagon


In honor of the Village’s 50th anniversary, this year’s Old Fashioned Fourth event is FREE for everyone

and will bring back some favorite activities of past events at the Village


One of Dallas Heritage Village’s most beloved annual events, Old Fashioned Fourth, will offer free admission this year in honor of the Village’s 50th Anniversary.  On Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., families, decked out in red, white, and blue, will celebrate Independence Day throughout 13 acres of Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood Street, with picnicking and a parade as well as fun games and activities.


“This year we thought it would be fun to bring back some activities from favorite past events over the last 50 years,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “From Dairy Day and Circus in the Park to Teddy Bear Picnic and puppet shows, guests will have a chance to enjoy these fun activities along with all the traditional ones, making for a memorable holiday celebration at the Village.”


Visitors may learn what it is like to milk a cow at the Dairy Day area.  Also, nestled under the shade trees guests may participate in circus games like juggling at our Circus in the Park experience.   Kids will enjoy spotting Teddy bears in each of our buildings and participating in puppet shows in Browder Springs Hall.


A highlight of the day is always the patriotic parade.  Kids bring their red wagons and decorate them at the craft station for the parade around the Village, beginning at noon.  The Junior Historians, volunteers ages 11-18, will hold their annual carnival with game booths of skill and chance as well as the popular stick pony race for ages 3-11. “Go fishing” for prizes and bean-bag toss rank among the annual favorites. Historic games like horseshoes and graces and checkers will also be available. Throughout the village, musical performances will keep toes tapping. 


Historic buildings will be open for touring, and costumed interpreters will be on hand to visit about life in North Texas from 1840 to 1910.  The saloon is a popular afternoon spot for a cold root beer and a game of cards or dominoes. Popcorn, cotton candy, water bottles and root beer will be for sale. Dallas Heritage Village is located 1515 S. Harwood, in Dallas. Visit  


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Front Porch Showdown

Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation will present the 3rd Annual Front Porch Showdown, Saturday, June 4, 4-7 p.m., at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, 75215. Gates open at noon and all historic buildings will be open for touring until 6 p.m. Performing on the Main Street Stage, bluegrass bands compete for cash prizes, with winners chosen by the audience.  Each audience member with a paid admission will receive a ballot at the entrance to vote for their favorite band.   Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome.  

“For the third year, we are excited to bring this type of musical event to Dallas Heritage Village and want to thank the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation for their continued partnership,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “We encourage you to bring the family, come early to explore our historic buildings. It’s going to be another great event!”

The performing bands to date are: Bethlehem Bluegrass Band (Hallsville); Bluestem (Dallas); FM 455 (Prosper); Pearl & The Polka Dots (Weatherford); Runnin' Ragged (Gunter); Salt Creek (Sanger); and Strings of Faith (Plano). Each band will have 15 minutes to take the front porch, play a couple of songs, and entertain the crowd before the next band begins.  All bands play only acoustic instruments into a microphone.

“Dallas Heritage Village is an amazing place to enjoy family-friendly acoustic music and fun!” said Alan Tompkins, president of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  “We’ve got a bunch of good bands that are anxious to play in the contest, and we expect to have plenty of bluegrass musicians jamming all around the Village.  Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, Dobro, or upright bass and come join us!  It'll be a great day!”

Kids 12 and under free with parent or guardian.  Tickets are $10 at or by calling 214-413-3669.  Proceeds benefit Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Contest winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m.  Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. 

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