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History Major Spends Summer as Museum Intern

Dallas Heritage Village - Varnu Qualia Prycer

CONWAY, Ark. (August 3, 2014) – Hendrix student Sarah Varnau ’16 of Plano, Texas, spent her summer as an intern at Dallas Heritage Village.

Located at Old City Park, Dallas Heritage Village is a nationally accredited history museum depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910 with 38 historic structures, including log cabins, the pre-Civil War Millermore home, a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, an 1860s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, school and more.

Varnau, a history major, helped prepare for the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2016 and worked alongside Hendrix alumni Elizabeth Qualia ’11 and Melissa Prycer ’01.

Qualia has worked in Dallas Heritage Village’s guest services but is leaving to pursue a master’s degree in museum science at Texas Tech this fall.

Prycer has worked at Dallas Heritage Village since 2004 and was named president and executive director this spring. In 2011, she was named Educator of the Year by the Texas Association of Museum’s Educators Committee. She is also the co-founder of the Informal Educators of Dallas County, a group launched to serve as a peer resource network for educators teaching outside of the traditional classroom. 

“When Sarah came to my office looking for a hands-on history internship around Dallas this summer, I knew immediately I needed to connect her with my former classmate, Melissa,” said Hendrix internship coordinator Leigh Lassiter-Counts, a 2001 Hendrix graduate. “We had several history classes together, and if anyone could get a student fired up about history, it's Melissa.”

“Hendrix alumni have been so generous to share opportunities with our current students, it's a classic example of what makes the Hendrix community so great: alumni, students, parents, community members, faculty and staff,” she added. “We all come together to help students have a great experience.”

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