Benefits include: All Texana members receive
Volunteer Updates via email to keep you up to date on our
calendar and other news. Members also receive invitations to
“members only” Texana workshops, training events and
just-for-fun activities and parties as well as meeting
There are various levels of memberships.
Individual = $15 – One person only
Family = $25 – Immediate family members living at home (all members over
age 16 may vote)
Supporting = $50 Sustaining = $100 Friends = $500 Patron = $1,000
These special memberships function as family memberships, but recognition for
support is given in newsletters and other materials.
Children, Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, etc. of adult members are
encouraged to become Junior Members of Texana. This is a wonderful learning
experience for them. Some of the information below pertains to the Junior
Members. Juniors should pay individual membership dues if parents are not
members, however, those under the age of 16 may not vote.
Girl Scout Troup Membership
Girl Scout Troops may join Texana as a “Family.” Specific details of this
membership are explained in a different document. For information on GS Troop
Membership CLICK HERE.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK = All adults who volunteer
with the schools, must complete a criminal background check. GS
leaders who have completed a check thru GS within the last two
years do not have to complete a new one in order to volunteer
for Girl Scout events.
DISCOUNT CARD TO JO-ANN’S FABRICS = All Texana Living
History Members receive a special discount card to Joann’s
Fabrics which gives you a 10% discount on your entire purchase
(regular priced and sale priced items).
COSTUME/UNIFORM = Many of our volunteer positions
require period costumes. Each member is responsible for
furnishing his or her own costume. However, some of us have a
few “spare” costumes that we have outgrown or may not need on a
specific occasion. Please do not hesitate to ask to borrow a
costume if you want to volunteer and do not have access to your
own. Also, we have some extremely knowledgeable costume folks in
our group who are happy to advise you about making your own
costume. There are also MANY volunteer opportunities that do NOT
require period costumes. However, we request that at events,
volunteers should wear a Texana patch or a nametag that
distinguishes you as a volunteer. There are also occasions when
a Troop may wish to wear their GS Uniforms.
BEHIND THE SCENES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES = There are
MANY of these, some that we have thought of already and some
that haven’t yet come to mind. We can use all ages, genders, and
physical capabilities. We have jobs that require sitting,
standing, walking, driving, filing, typing, shopping, sewing,
etc. If you have a skill, we can find a way to utilize it.
SEAMSTRESS NEEDED = One great need for a volunteer is
that of seamstress. Because our costumes must be hand made, we
are always in need of the services of a seamstress. Let us know
if you are willing to help in this area.
FREE ENTRANCE TO EVENTS = There are several events each
year that Texana is asked to participate in as “Walk-Abouts”.
This means that we dress in costume and literally stroll around.
Our main purpose is to add “color” to the event and to visit
with attendees. In return we receive free entrance to the events
and get to participate in the event activities ourselves.
NOTE: you must be a member of Texana to participate in these
TRAINING = Texana is made up of a wonderful group of
experts in many fields. We will make every effort to train you
in any or all of these areas. We will schedule training sessions
on an as-needed basis for upcoming events. Many of the members
are very glad to have one-on-one training in many of the pioneer
life-skills such as quilting, lace making, spinning, etc.
However, one of the best ways to learn is by serving as an
apprentice during events with an experience volunteer. For
instance, if you are interested in pioneer cooking, you might
spend the day assisting LaJuanna (our prize-winning cook) in the
kitchen area or help Smokey G., one of the chuck wagon cooks.
EVENT NOTIFICATION = Because Texana is “in the loop”. We
receive notification of many events/festivals that happen each
year, which “outsiders” may or may not know about.
QUILT RAFFLE = Texana members have made several quilts
to raffle as fundraisers. We hope to continue this legacy. We
are happy to present training for any member (including GS
Troops) who is interested in participating in the next quilt.
DISCIPLINE = All event volunteers will be expected to
adhere to discipline customs common to the 1800’s. These include
many customs which are different from today. Some examples
include the use of, “yes mam” and “no mam” when addressing
adults. Today’s “slang” words (such as awesome, neat, etc.)
should not be used. Sarcasm and backtalk is NOT permitted from
young folks. Young ladies are expected to act and speak as just
that, young ladies. No need to worry, etiquette classes will be
given prior to events and we realize that it takes practice to
learn these things.
SUPERVISION = While Junior Members may participate in
Texana Events without the presence of parents - Parents (or
responsible adult member) are expected to secure & maintain
adequate supervision for their children at all times. Remember
that if a Junior Member is assigned to work as an apprentice to
another adult, the adult in charge of that station will
supervise them for the day. This allows the Junior Members to
sometimes participate even if the parent is not available. We
just ask that the parent make sure that arrangements have been
made in advance to insure all “juniors” have adequate adult
supervision. NOTE: for participation in Texana Events to be
considered as a sanctioned GS activity, All Safety-Wise
procedures MUST be followed.
FREE PERFORMANCE = Each Junior Member who becomes an
active volunteer will receive a free stage performance by a
Texana character. The Junior Member may decide to have this
presentation at school, church or other venue. This should be
scheduled through the Program
office at 214-906-5792 for membership