Pioneer Life-Skills and Craft Demonstrations
The Texana volunteers have researched and learned numerous pioneer
life-skills and crafts. Many of these are becoming lost arts today. When
possible we try to use period correct techniques, equipment, and supplies. The
demonstrators may portray a particular character from Texas history or may take
on the persona of a Composite Character of the day. The demonstrations
work best in an intimate setting the maximum number of attendees will vary with
each demonstration and range from 25-50 attendees. It usually take about an hour
for the full demonstration, however, we can tailor the demonstration to best
suit your needs.
We offer a wide variety to choose from, too many to try to list them all. So,
if you have something in mind, just ask. Here are a few of the most requested:
spinning, weaving, quilting, butter making, games/toys, natural dyes, textiles
and fibers, candle-dipping, lye soap making, laundry, quill pen making, and
Christmas celebrations from the past.
To explain how the demonstrations work, let me offer an example of one of the
favorites, spinning. We have more than one spinner in the group; one of them
portrays a German immigrant and tells about her experiences. She usually opens
her tale with a few words in German and tells about coming to Texas as a child
with her father and the rest of her family. She explains the different types of
fibers available at the time and how precious fabric was to the families. She
lets her visitors feel several of the fibers and maybe try pulling cottonseeds
from a cotton ball. She usually invites a pair from the audience to hand spin a
small piece of cotton and then another “helper” may get to “card” wool
for her to spin. Then she demonstrates the use of a drop spindle and a few of
the audience members may be invited to try one for themselves. Finally she will
demonstrate the use of the spinning wheel. All the while she is weaving her
story around historical facts from the time.
The Pioneer Life-Skills Demonstrations are wonderful compliments to the
Campsites and the School Campsites. They can be tailored to fit many
different occasions for children and adults. For a more focused and
“hands-on” experience, be sure to find out about our
and Craft Workshops.
Please contact our office at 214-906-5792 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information.