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Posted on: July 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] New Historical Park Manager is historically qualified for the job

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FBTX ~ With a passion for history, an eye for detail, and a wealth of knowledge and museum expertise to her credit, Hillary Kidd has been promoted to the position of Farmers Branch Historical Park Manager.

   Prior to joining the Parks and Recreation Department in 2018 as Curator at the Historical Park, Ms. Kidd has had a vast museum career. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Conservation, Collections Care, with a Minor in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

   Before returning home to Texas to complete her Master’s Degree, Ms. Kidd took a break from the museum field to travel the country working as a Tour Merchandise Manager for several rock bands. “I basically went from taking care of t-shirts at the MFA to selling them. It was a once in a lifetime experience.”

   She later joined the staff at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, a position she held for nine years. It was during that tenure she wrote the books, Never A Good Girl: The Renegade Spirit of the Farrell-Wilson Family and Plano’s Forgotten Boys: The Twenty Tuff Tamales.

   Aside from her passion, Ms. Kidd is the owner of the tourism company, Haunted Boston Ghost Tours, which quickly grew from a sole-proprietor enterprise to now 14 employees and being ranked by USA Today as a Top 10 best ghost tour for the entire United States.

   “Everywhere I look there are endless possibilities for growth and expansion," Ms. Kidd said of the Historical Park. "With our talented and knowledgeable team, we’ve been offering more exhibits, programs, events, and activities, all while being true to the historical integrity of the Park. We have a phenomenal artifact collection and a unique North Texas story to tell."

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