Through December 30, take a tour and explore how a curator takes an empty structure and a few furnishings to create an authentic replica of life in a certain time period
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.