Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keeping the past alive...

Log Cabin Village has dedicated itself to educating its visitors about the past. As time marches on and entire ways of life disappear in developed nations, our role in preserving historic crafts becomes even more critical. Increasingly more and more of our visitors are unable to say, "I remember when Grandma did that." The past as it relates to the frontier is becoming farther and farther removed.

While we all are certainly anxious to leave some of the hardships of the past behind (cholera, anyone?), we feel it is important to retain knowledge of frontier skills. It keeps our collective memories alive, it weaves us into the multicolored fabric our ancestors started, and it helps ground us in a realization that each of us represents one spot on an infinite timeline.

As our programming continues, our visitors increase, and our interpreters teach, we will be mindful of connecting our patrons to their history. We are continuing to seek local artisans who are interested in volunteering their time at our events to help keep the past alive. From knitting and sewing to carving and weaving, we invite everyone to escape the present...experience the past.

If you have a special skill that you'd like to share at Log Cabin Village, please e-mail me for more information about volunteering. We'd love to learn from you!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Log Cabin Village announces its fall line-up!

Mark your calendars now! Our special events will be returning soon!

September 19, 2008
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Featured stories: Tortillas and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser and The Copper Tin Cup by Carole Lexa Schaefer. How can the objects we treasure bring back powerful memories? Learn with two wonderful stories about the continuity of family and our heirlooms. $3 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. Please call 817-392-6769 to make your reservation (required).

September 27, 2008
12:00—4:00 p.m.
No admission charge for this day only!!! Celebrate Fort Worth’s “Day in the District” at the Village! Enjoy a day full of music, crafts, living history and activities for the whole family. This is the Village's biggest event of the year! No reservations required. Be sure to visit other exciting “Day in the District” participants as well, including the Modern Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Community Arts Center, and more!

October 17, 2008
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Featured story: Anansi Does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale retold by Verna Aardema. The adventures of Anansi the spider continue with this delightful tale from our West African ancestors about securing folktales for the people. $3 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. Please call 817-392-6769 to make your reservation (required).

October 18, 2008
1:00—4:00 p.m.
We just celebrated Harvest Homecoming, but now it’s time to reap what we’ve sown! Experience grinding corn and wheat by hand, experimenting with squash, and using corn husks to stuff mattresses and to make placemats! From grain and grist to bread and toys, we’ll have it all...and you’ll help! No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a corn and seed necklace.

November 21, 2008
10:00—11:00 a.m.
Featured story: Kindle Me a Riddle: A Pioneer Story by Roberta Karim. Frontier days are brought to life through a series of riddles in this charming story about a 19th century family. $3 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. Please call 817-392-6769 to make your reservation (required).

November 22, 2008
1:00—4:00 p.m.
It’s candle-making time! Come join us as we braid some wicks, dip some sticks, and have a great time making candles to last us through the winter! You can even dip your own candle to take home. No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $3 craft fee to dip candles.

December 13, 2008
1:00—4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays Village style! See how cabins would have been decorated, string some popcorn, help make pomander balls and tamales, spin the dreidel, and reflect on storied traditions as you pause from the holiday hustle and bustle. Make your own embossed greeting card to take home! No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a card.

Please note: we will be closed December 25 through January 1.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What does jazz have to do with Log Cabin Village?

Plenty! While our 19th century Texans may have swayed to tunes other than the soulful stylings of Buddy Guy, we KNOW they would have been appreciative of the community efforts that inspire us to mention the 6th Annual Jazz by the Boulevard Music & Arts festival.

Jazz by the Boulevard is an annual fundraiser produced by Camp Bowie District, Inc. designed to help raise money to preserve and beautify the Camp Bowie District. And a good frontier neighbor is always willing to help in these kinds of efforts!

Mention that you are a "friend/member" of the Village, and get 20% off a VIP package at Jazz by the Boulevard! (you must show your membership card at the time of payment)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Blog Gremlins...

Sorry about some of the crazy formatting in yesterday's "Help Wanted" post (if you were viewing using Internet Explorer)! Everything should be fixed now...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Help Wanted...

Would you like to work for Log Cabin Village? Here's your chance!

Position: Customer Service Rep. I (Historical Interpreter)

Hourly Rate: $10.28 an hour, less than 1040 hours per year, no benefits


· Greet and help organize program groups

· Provide historical presentations and pioneer craft demonstrations

· Provide high quality customer service

· Assist curatorial staff with chores such as cleaning the cabins, dusting museum artifacts, and helping with reports

· Produce pioneer crafts for sale in the gift shop as time and duties permit

· Read and research Texas pioneer history as time permits

· Assist staff with special projects as necessary

· Position reports directly to Curator


· Must speak to large and small groups of all ages

· Must wear 19th century historical attire

· Must work outdoors with no climate control

· Must be willing to learn Texas history and pioneer crafts

· Must be able to work every other weekend (both days)

· Previous customer service experience preferred

· Must have high school diploma or GED

To apply, please visit the position opening on the City of Fort Worth's Human Resources web site.

The position closes July 25, 2008. Good luck to all candidates!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tasty beverages...Village style!

It's hot outside. Even the geckos are sweating. What could possibly make you feel better on a sticky, sweltering afternoon?

How about an ice-cold tasty beverage?!?!?! Let's consider what our 19th century Texans might have chosen. Coca-cola wasn't invented until 1886. Dr Pepper debuted right here in Texas in 1885. What other options were there? Well, there was always water: mineral water was important, in particular. Iced tea has been mentioned in the 19th century, but remember--ice wasn't always widely available in the age before widespread refrigeration. Texas did play an early role in the soft-drink industry, but these drinks weren't always served "on the frontier."

As always, people made use of what was available, be it mineral water or drinks made from local fresh ingredients (or ingredients carried in by ship, trail, and eventually rail).

Here are some recipes you can try at home to beat the heat!
(recipes courtesy Children at the Hearth: 19th Century Cooking, Manners, & Games by Barbara Swell)

Strawberry Water

1 cup strawberries with caps removed

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups cold water

Juice of one lemon

Crush the strawberries with the back of a wooden spoon. Add one cup of the water and rub mixture through a screened tea strainer, (or whirl them in a blender). Add the sugar, lemon juice, and remaining three cups of water. Serve over ice with a lemon slice placed on the edge of the cup.


Peel a fresh, very ripe pineapple and cut it up into very small pieces. Sprinkle some sugar on top, then smash with a potato masher or a cup. Add water (you decide how much based on how much pineapple flavor you would like) and pour into a pitcher with a strainer lid. Chill for a few hours, then pour over ice.


Squeeze the juice from 3 lemons, mix with 2 cups water and add sugar to taste.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day in the District 2008 Date announced!

Fort Worth Cultural District Museums and Art Center Host Day in the District

September 27, 2008 from 10 am to 5 pm (Log Cabin Village will be from 12-4 p.m.)

The museums and art center in the Fort Worth Cultural District are happy to announce the 2008 Day in the District, a celebration of the rich and diverse cultural organizations in Fort Worth, with exciting, entertaining, and interactive programming and performances. The museums offer free admission, and various performing arts organizations offer free performances in and around the museums. Outdoor performances and events encourage patrons to walk through the beautiful grounds surrounding the museums. This festival is designed to invite local residents to enjoy the world-class cultural experiences offered in Fort Worth. It also provides an opportunity for those who are not aware of the various organizations in our community to discover something wonderful and new. Come spend an enriching and entertaining Day in the District!

Sponsored in part by Museum Place. Complimentary transportation provided by The T.

Participating Museums and their exhibitions:

Amon Carter Museum

Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller

Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Fort Worth Museum of Science and


Dinosaur Roundup on display at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Art Museum

The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago

Log Cabin Village

Harvest Homecoming

Art Museum of Fort Worth

Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love

No Room to Answer: Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Spirit of the Cowgirl, The Hall of Fame, Connie Reeves Discovery Corral

Into the Arena, Kinship with the Land, Claiming the Spotlight

With Performances and Demonstrations by

Arts Fifth Avenue

Butterfly Connection

Centro Cultural de las Americas

Celtic Crossroads

Danza Cultural Inc.

Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society

Fort Worth Public Art

Fort Worth Zoo

Imagination Celebration

Hip Pocket Theater

Kids Who Care

Latin Arts Association

Lone Star Chorus

Mondo Drummers

Stage West

Taps ‘n Tunes

Texas Boys Choir

Texas Camerata

Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summer Days...

Well our blog hasn't been moving too quickly lately, and that might lead you to believe that nothing is going on here at Log Cabin Village! That couldn't be farther from the truth, actually. Although we suspend special family programming during the months of July and August, we are still open for group tours and walk-in visitors. And we have plenty of both! (note: we WILL be closed from August 25-September 8 for maintenance...so visit us before or after...)

July and August are the months when those of us in the boring old office (educator, curator, and of course the director) shift gears and look at the programming season to come. What new offerings will we have for the fall? What are our visitors telling us they'd like to see? What major task should we undertake during our closure (last year it was the hands-on cabin)?

We also partake in limited outreach opportunities. Although we don't have the staff to travel and visit every place who asks, we try to go out into the community when we can. Last week we were guests at Ridgmar Mall's Kid's Club event. Today I spoke to some awesome kiddos at Diamond Hill Community Center (their summer campers), and tomorrow I'll be at BOLD Library. The City of Fort Worth has some great programs, eh?

Keep your eyes peeled for what we've got going on this fall...I know you won't want to miss it!