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Levi Jordan
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 Dorothy Cotton
(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.

TIME
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!

MONEY
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.

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Carol McDavid 1998