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Levi Jordan
Plantation Historical Society

Long Range Plan

Do you have ideas about how we can accomplish these goals? Let us know!!

Interested in joining the LJPHS? See our membership categories.

Board of Directors and Officers, LJPHS

Left to right: Ginny Raska, Hazel Austin, Carol McDavid, Morris Richardson, Julia Mack, and Dorothy Cotton
(Not pictured:
Cassie Johnson, Sarah Martin, Ken Brown)

WHAT ACTUAL STEPS DO WE HOPE TO TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION AND COMMUNICATE THE IDEAS IN OUR STATEMENT OF BELIEFS?

To restore the plantation house to the 1850-1890 time period

The restoration would be defined as an "adaptive reuse" of the building and would be conducted according to guidelines associated with the National Register of Historic Places. Building use would be geared towards the following activities:

  • The exhibition of archaeological and archival artifacts associated with the plantation and all of its residents.
  • The conservation and storage of these artifacts with appropriate environmental and security controls.
  • The planning and preparation of changing exhibitions of these artifacts.
  • The implementation of other strategies to communicate information about the lifestyles and work activities of the plantation’s residents.
  • The definition and interpretation of the original kitchen area, located outside the plantation building.
  • The provision of office space for Society staff.

To clear and define the "quarters" area to show and interpret the activities and physical space once occupied by the plantation’s African-American resident community.

This would be based on the archaeological and historical research that has been conducted in this area for the past ten years.

To develop traveling exhibits, slide shows, and brochures to show to visitors and to take to schools and community groups.

To sponsor community-wide activities to communicate and celebrate the history of this plantation and of this region.

To provide a comfortable, park-like setting for people to enjoy the site and the history programs offered.

To design one or more outdoor archaeology learning areas for hands-on exercises, demonstrations, etc.

To have demonstrations of "real-life" activities that people might have done in the past.

To provide living space for a 24-hour on-site security person.

To hire a local resident to serve as Executive Director of the Society.

To develop signage for the plantation grounds.

To have an active membership program to provide a ongoing source of funds, ideas, visitors, volunteers, etc.

To publish the Sallie McNeill Diary and other documents as they become available

To build a multi-purpose educational center on plantation grounds.

This building would be new construction, and would house the following kinds of activities:

  • Educational seminars.
  • Presentations to local and outside groups, school classes, reunions, etc.
  • Group activities for the Society and other groups (fundraisers, reunions, children’s field trips).
  • Audio/visual capabilities for meetings and presentations.
  • Catering kitchen for food preparation and service.
  • Office space for staff (to be moved from plantation house as needs require).
  • Computers and workspace for visiting scholars.
  • Storage of artifacts now being stored at the University of Houston.
  • Archaeology lab, for ongoing analysis, visiting scholars, and hands-on visitor learning.
  • Storage of archaeological records and associated materials.

For information about how you can get involved in making these things happen, see How to get involved.

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