Highland Springs Residents to Experience Worldwide Historical Sites...in Dallas

DALLAS, TX---For Barbara Blachly, Community Resources Coordinator at Highland Springs retirement community, history has been a lifelong interest. Ms. Blachly taught four years of the subject at nearby J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, TX, and she is surrounded by residents at the Erickson Living retirement community who love it, too.  So when it was time to plan a trip for residents in September, Ms. Blachly decided to take a worldwide tour---right in Dallas. Along with Walt Thieme, a resident, and Francisco Sanchez, Transportation Supervisor at Highland Springs, Ms. Blachly scouted locations in July and created what she calls the "fake-cation" for September 8th. The tour will feature visits to points of interest in the Dallas metroplex that are modeled after world renowned historical structures.  The group will begin its journey at "Independence Hall" at Dallas Baptist University and then travel to the "White House" in Irving, "London's Crystal Palace" at the Infomart in downtown Dallas, "Mount Vernon" at the H.L. Hunt Estate and finally the "Pantheon Rotunda" at Southern Methodist University. "This will be a great way to experience our beloved Dallas and a real 'eye-opener' for residents regarding the amazing architecture found in our city," stated Ms. Blachly. At each location, residents will discuss the historical significance of the buildings and take photos.  The outing is part of the Special Trips program at Highland Springs, offering local excursions and vacation travel throughout the United States and the world. "We're looking to have an educational, yet fun, time as we take in the world...in one of the world's greatest cities," said Ms. Blachly. [caption id="attachment_123767" align="aligncenter" width="199"] Residents of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, will travel throughout the Dallas metroplex on September 8th to see buildings that are modeled after world-famous locales. During a preview in July, Highland Springs resident Walt Thieme is pictured in front of the "Pantheon Rotunda" on the campus of Southern Methodist University.[/caption] About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 700 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.

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