Plantation Historical Society
How to get involved
Go to JOIN THE SOCIETY for
information on membership categories.
Board of Directors and Officers, LJPHS
Left to right: Ginny Raska, Hazel
Austin, Carol McDavid, Morris Richardson, Julia Mack, and
(in front of the plantation house; Cassie Johnson and Ken
Brown are not pictured)
The most pressing needs are TIME yours, if you
have it and, of course, MONEY.
We need people, local people especially, who are willing
to work. The members of the Society have set the overall
direction, but we need, desperately, volunteers who are
willing to take on actual jobs and to take them to their
completion. Some of these jobs can include:
Planning and implementing
Society-sponsored events, to take place at the plantation
or elsewhere. (such as History Days, Photo Heritage Days,
slide shows, site tours, etc.)
Organizing and implementing community
talks (the archaeologists are always willing to speak to
any community group, with slides or not, anytime).
Raising money (see below). We need
someone who will direct fund raising efforts to
look into federal and state grants, to prepare
applications, to plan fundraising events, and so on. This
requires time, organizational skill, and, most of all,
the ability to follow through. It does not necessarily
need someone with fundraising experience, although it
would be helpful!
Always a problem for any non-profit group! Our long range
plan gives you many of the ideas we have had about how to
spend the money but we need to raise it first!
In-kind donations are also welcome.
Our financial needs range in scope
from money to restore the house to use as a
museum, to money for cleaning the grounds, to a new
septic system, to funds to hire a security guard for the
site. This last is actually very important we have
a continual problem with vandals. See our Long Range Plan
for our shopping list!
For example, about a year ago the
interior staircase, built by John McNeill, a slave and,
later, an employee of Levi Jordan, was brutally
vandalized (we will have some pictures of that staircase
on this web site in the future). This staircase is quite
beautiful, but someone used an ax to chop the filials off
of the banisters the only intent seems to have
been mischief and destruction. At some point we will
share a picture of this damage on this web site, and to
raise the money to repair it. In the meantime, the house,
built by slaves and occupied by one of Texas' founding
pioneer families, is in extreme danger. It is a resource
that provides a testament to the creativity and expertise
of the people who built it, as well as a testament to the
family who lived in it for so many years.
TO GET INVOLVED:
Send this form to
or send us a message with a feedback form. We will contact you to send membership forms
or to discuss other ways in which you might be involved.