Thursday, April 28, 2011

The importance of roots...

Here at the Village, we're in the business of the past. We learn the past, we teach the past, we demonstrate the past, we live the past. Looking at the roots of our history and ancestors is something we do on a daily basis without even thinking about it. And the roots run deep.

Trees are something we also think about on a daily basis. We're surrounded by them. Our buildings are made from them. They shade us, protect us, and provide homes for the many animals we share our acreage with. Their roots run deep as well.

But occasionally, despite history and time, those roots fail. Particularly when large trees in dry soil are faced with wind gusts up to 60 mph, as happened this past April 15. It's been a windy spring, but by and large we've fared well in the weather with only a few downed limbs. Even our trees with their deep roots, however, are not immune to exceptional winds.

We're fortunate that the large tree that blew over only took out part of our fence line along University Drive and not a cabin or something more serious. And less than two weeks later, our fence is repaired (new!) and the Village continues in the business of historical rather than arboral roots.

Please find a photo slideshow of the exciting process embedded. Click on the slideshow to make it larger and/or to control the speed. The photos and captions tell the whole story.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Every day was Earth Day on the frontier!

Happy Earth Day, y'all!!! In honor of this special day, I'm "recycling" a post I did a few years ago about our "green" ancestors...

Please also remember that you can always find out more information about ways to protect Mother Earth (and our fair city) at Keep Fort Worth beautiful...

Enjoy your day and weekend! And remember...we'll be at Prairie Fest tomorrow, April 23, (but still open here on site as well)...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Goodies in our museum store!

Greetings, Village People!

This story will be primarily told with pictures. And if a picture's worth a thousand words, then get ready for a whole lotta photographic talking! We are very excited to be able to feature several new items in our museum store. Some of them are bought from other distributors, but much of our new merchandise is made by our talented historical interpreters right here on site! And so, without further ado, we present, "what's new in the Village store."

We love, love, love these little ladies. These clothespin dolls are handmade by Dallas Heritage Village volunteer Barbara. They generously allow us to purchase quantities of these beauties to sell to our Village "westside" visitors.

We mentioned these adorable sweeties recently. They are currently handmade on site by historical interpreters Kessy, Jeanie, Teresa, Marcela, and Linda. We hope to have a couple more in stock very soon! Stay tuned...

While we don't produce these on site, we just thought they were a darned good item to have on hand. The stickers are removable so you can decorate your cabin again and again. Uh...what I meant, of course, is that your CHILD can decorate his/her cabin again and again. Because I would never play with a kid's toy. Ever. If you'll excuse me, I need to go move Pa near the door in case coyotes are approaching.

Yarn dolls. We carry them. We love them. These are a longtime popular item here at the Village, and historical interpreter Marilyn handmakes each one with care.

Again...not produced on site...but aren't these patches COOL? Good for Scouts, Campfire kids, Y-Guides, or anyone else who wants to show their Village spirit. We saw Taffy the cat sporting one recently.

Rag "Little House." Handmade on site by historical interpreter Teresa.

The ever popular corn husk dolls! We have a variety of styles, each carefully handmade on site by historical interpreter Linda. We think this mother and child doll is beautiful.

These just knock our socks off. Who knew historical interpreter Fred was such a great artist! These are one-of-a-kind pencil sketches of Village structures, created here on site. What else can we say...the cabins like to pose!

We feature scarves handmade by historical interpreters Debi and Marilyn. We couldn't help but show you this precious child's scarf/hat combo that Debi finished recently, though. Warm...fashionable...made by a Village person...for YOU.

We also feature items made by Village blacksmiths Michael, Steven, and well as fine woodworked items from Steven and David (items available vary according to materials and time to complete). And Terry, Fred, and Teresa keep us well-stocked with fresh-ground cornmeal!

New items are produced come check out all their hard work!