Friday, October 22, 2010

Don't miss it, don't even be late!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the Texas State Fair. I had never been and hubby hadn't been since middle school, so we thought it was time. It was big, though having been to the Iowa State Fair many times, the size wasn't just overwhelming. We consumed all the requisite fair food... tried fried cheesecake, had some Fletcher's corny dogs (they say they're the oldest, but everyone knows the Pronto Pups at the MN State Fair were really the first corn dogs...) and had to get some cheese curds (I get cheese curd cravings about weekly and I really wish we lived closer to Wisconsin!) We didn't try the fried beer but hubby did later when he visited with some co-workers... he didn't rave about it. Check out the goodies we tried:

Fair Food!

The coolest thing about the fair (at least I thought) is the architecture! Turns out, Fair Park in Dallas has the largest collection of Art Deco exposition buildings in the world! Who'da thunk? They were built for the 1936 World's Fair, held in Dallas to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Texas Republic. According to the website, Fair Park is the only unaltered pre-1950s world fair site remaining in the United States. I feel like this is an aspect that could definitely be played up during the fair. It's too bad that you could attend the fair and not know anything about the area's unique history and architecture. Besides the yearly State Fair, Fair Park is home to the Cotton Bowl, Texas Discovery Gardens and a variety of museums, including the Museum of Nature and Science, the African American Museum and the Women's Museum. Be sure to check it out if you're ever in the area!
Fair Park in Dallas

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Take 2

Ok, I'm going to try this again. I tried to start up a blog about a year ago and failed get past the second post... here goes take 2.

Originally, I had planned to write about genealogy and other experiences with family history. Although this is super-interesting to me, I just haven't had much time for it lately, plus I feel like anything I post online should be well-researched and correct, so I just haven't gotten around to that. I think I'm going to broaden my focus - - maybe something like the "intersections of history with everyday life" or something of that sort. That would encompass family history, but also all sorts of encounters and experiences I come across during a typical day. And it doesn't always have to involve history, but as a museum person and one who loves vintage and antique shopping, it probably will quite often. This means the blog title and header will probably get a re-work in the next while.

I feel like I'm rambling, but I guess I just want this blog to relate a little more to my everyday life. I would like to talk about my experiences, share photos... like a journal for myself, but also for my family who lives so far away.

Signing off for tonight, but the ideas are ruminating....