Raising the Curtain on Texas History

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Newsletter No. 103 

Edited by Brenda Magee October


Teachers/Librarians/PTA’s—Make a lasting impression on your students.Invite Davy Crockett, William Barret Travis, James Bowie or Sam Houston to tell the story of the Texas Revolution. Have Sarah Cockrell tell about early Dallas. Let Jesse Chisholm or Mollie Goodnight talk about the frontier.

Or, let our pioneer campsite or chuckwagon campsite visit your school. Children learn first-hand about cattle drives, churning butter, trapping, spinning, campfire cooking, and other pioneer skills. Many of these are hands-on experiences.

Reception/Party Planners—Have your guest welcomed and entertained by John B. Jones, Texas Ranger, or Mollie Bailey, circus woman. Their historically accurate costumes are real attention grabbers.

Historical Organizations—Would you like to hear a different perspective on what really happened at the Alamo? Listen to Suzanna Dickinson, Sarah McClure or Deline Rose talk about the outcome from a woman’s point of view.

Other uniquely Texas characters available include Jane Long, Margaret Lea Houston, Deaf Smith, Eugenie Lavender, Lee McNelly, Elisabet Ney and many more.

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Barbara Welch demonstrates making rag dolls, one of the many activities that will be available at TEXAS...HISTORY ALIVE!!!

President’s Letter, Continued

these great ladies should contact the office.

I, again, want to thank everyone who makes Texana work, YOU, our members. It really does not matter if you are a performer, costumed volunteer, helper, sponsor or just dues paying member, you are appreciated far beyond what words can express. YOU have made Texana what it is and I am honored to represent US at activities and functions. The difficult times are gone, we are financially strong and the bookings continue to come in. I strongly feel that this will be a great year for Texana and its members! God Bless Texas and God Bless America!!

Rachel Gruber…. Inventor

Rachel Gruber has been busy making life a little better for her dog, Gracie. Rachel created the K-9 Bed-In-A-Bag, which is a portable dog bed. The bed consists of a PVC frame with a fabric pad that disassembles and fits into a small bag. The bed is especially good for camping and other outdoor activities. It allows your dog to be off the ground and away from dirt and “creepy crawling things” when leashed to a stake.

Rachel entered her creation into her school’s Invention Convention where she won 1st for the sixth grade level. Her bed then represented her school at the district level. She won “Outstanding Invention” for her grade level and won the special award of “Best of Show” (including grades 1-12).

Rachel also entered her K-9 Bed into the “Make a new product” category of the Winston Science Competition. Each year, Winston Science has over 17,000 entries in a multitude of categories spread over a three-week period. Rachel placed 1st in her category, which included grades 6-12. As part of her award, Rachel received a $250 scholarship toward the Winston Saturday Science Academy, a Dallas program that provides Metroplex students with science enrichment opportunities.

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