Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photos from Harvest Homecoming...

Sorry some are a little blurry...but when you have almost 2000 visitors, you gotta move quickly!! Please click on the slideshow to see larger images and to control the speed...

Monday, September 29, 2008


Thank you, thank you, thank you! More than 1900 of you wonderful people showed up at our annual "Harvest Homecoming" this past Saturday making it a record success! Photos from the event will be coming soon, but we didn't want to wait to tell our wonderful patrons "thank you."

We'll see you again soon!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Living off the grid...

It's no secret that we love Lehman's. Heck...when you need a butter churn or a spoke shave, they're just the people to turn to!

What I do find exciting is how "modern" this "non-electric" company is. They actively blog and even have their very own YouTube channel... I think y'all will find the videos interesting as they offer glimpses into forgotten ways of life (much as Log Cabin Village does)!

Speaking of the Village, we hope to have more videos of "forgotten arts" posted this fall. Stay tuned!

Lincoln-Douglas debates

More great information from the Gilder Lehrman Institute about the famous debates that shaped our modern style of debating!

Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates

Long before television, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and the sound bite, political debate was a vital part of civic life in this country. This week, the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College look back at America's first great debates: the seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the Illinois U.S. Senate campaign of 1858. Longtime rivals who would meet up again in the watershed presidential election of 1860, Lincoln and Douglas famously debated at length about the issues of the day, including slavery, economic development, and American expansion.

To take a closer look at each of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, click here:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

We're on Facebook!!!

Be sure to come check out our new space on the web...and show your support for Log Cabin Village by becoming a fan!

We can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Target Backs School Field Trips...

This news in recently from the American Association of Museums (AAM)...

If teachers and administrators in your area are struggling to fund visits to your museum, Target Corporation can help. AAM President Ford W. Bell and Target officials recently collaborated to spread the word on the company’s expanded field trip grants program. For the 2008–2009 school year, Target is offering 5,000 field trip grants of up to $800 each—triple the amount offered last year—with no strings attached.

Applications for field trips between February 2009 and the end of the school year will be accepted online through Nov. 1. All educators, teachers and principals wishing to plan a field trip for students are eligible to apply, including previous grant recipients. Applicants must provide brief descriptions (no more than 2,000 words) of the field trip and its benefits, as well as a breakdown of expenses. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials and supplies. Other criteria for selection of grant recipients include the field trip’s tie-in to the school’s curriculum and the number of students who will be involved. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2009.

Established in 2006, Target Field Grants enables educators to take learning outside the classroom. Last spring, the program awarded a total of $1.6 million to education professionals nationwide to fund 1,600 field trips. This year Target expects to award up to $4 million for field trips.

Tell your local school officials about Target Field Grants so that both teachers and museums can take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, visit the Target website.

Monday, September 22, 2008

So what are YOU doing this coming Saturday???

Hopefully you're checking out all the fun activities that Fort Worth's Cultural District has to offer! Just a reminder, the third annual Day in the District takes place this coming Saturday, September 27. Click here for more information...

Log Cabin Village will be participating with our annual "Harvest Homecoming" from 12:00-4:00 p.m. We'll have music from Celtic Crossroads, storytelling from members of the Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers, drovers from the Fort Worth Herd, firepit cooking, craft demonstrations, and MORE! And it's all FREE.

It's also Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day. Let the State Fair of Texas wait one more day...you need to be in Cowtown!

We'll see you Saturday!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hurricane Ike

While our primary concern during these difficult times are always about human life, we cannot help but also feel the pain of our sister cultural institutions to the south. The Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting was actually held in Galveston this past spring, and the island and its citizens could not have been any more lovely.

For those evacuees who are currently staying with us in Fort Worth/DFW, and for those institutions whom we consider dear friends on the coast, our thoughts and best wishes are with you.

Ongoing information about how cultural institutions in Ike's wake are faring...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Timber Tales is this Friday!

Friday, September 19, 2008: TIMBER TALES STORYTIME Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth. 817.392.5881. www.logcabinvillage.org. 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).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Our September flora have arrived!!

Every year we are greeted by beautiful crimson lilies that sprout in dedicated little bundles around different places on the site. And every year I marvel at their sudden arrival...lying seemingly dormant beneath the soil one day...and displaying their full glory the next. Part of the fun is figuring out where they might "spring up" next!

They're technically called oxblood, schoolhouse, or hurricane lilies. According to southernbulbs.com (where you can also order the bulbs and find out more information, if you want lilies of your own), oxblood lilies are frequently found in older neighborhoods in Central Texas. The lilies, originally native to the Andes in Argentina, were introduced in 1807 and brought to Texas by German settlers sometime after 1865. Oxblood, of course, refers to the color of the flowers.

We think they're beautiful. What do YOU think?

Thank you so much!

Well...our supporters have done it again! Thanks to your efforts using shopformuseums.com, we just received our first check. Just by clicking a link to do your shopping, you raised $42.01 for Log Cabin Village in the second quarter of 2008!

Will you please continue to help us?!??!?!?! Here's more information...

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This day in Texas history...

I mentioned this a few blog posts back, but you can sign up with the Texas State Historical Association to receive historical daily happenings in your e-mail inbox.

I thought today's entry was particularly interesting, and so I wanted to share:

Washerwoman buys valuable Dallas property

On this day in 1869, former slave Hope Thompson and her husband Isaac purchased a piece of property on Elm Street in what is now downtown Dallas. Thompson, a washerwoman, borrowed the purchase price of fifty dollars from banker William Henry Gaston and repaid the loan by doing Gaston's laundry. Isaac Thompson left his wife in 1872. During much of the next two decades, she was involved in a number of transactions and lawsuits involving the property, which rapidly increased in value, but succeeded in retaining title to it. In September 1885, her real estate was appraised at about $35,000, and in October 1886 the Cleveland Gazette reported her assets to be worth $30,000. Hope Thompson last appeared in the Dallas city directory in 1894-95.

Monday, September 8, 2008

We reopen tomorrow!!

Our maintenance is almost completed...and we look forward to seeing everyone when we reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9th)! Well...you don't ALL have to come tomorrow. You can come Wednesday. Or even Thursday, if you like. Just come!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Did our ancestors worry about hurricanes?

I guess this blog posting comes from what's on all of our minds, lately...namely those sinister siblings Gustav, Hanna, Ike, and Josephine. While I can currently turn on any television or log on to any computer and pull up satellite images of where the hurricanes and tropical storms are, our ancestors didn't have that luxury. What did they know? Were they worried? What precautions did they take?

Here's a really neat timeline from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Hurricane timeline: The 1800s


Scientists began to understand hurricanes during the 1800s, and forecasters were able to issue warnings as storms approached. Despite this growing knowledge, hurricanes continued to cause incredible destruction throughout the century.

1815 -- Destructive hurricane hits New England. "The Great September Gale" hit New England in September of 1815. It first made landfall on Long Island, N.Y., and then again in Connecticut. The storm flooded Providene, R.I., and caused extensive damage throughout the region.

1819 -- Concept of hurricanes as "moving vortex" published A Harvard professor concluded in an 1819 article that a hurricane "appears to have been a moving vortex and not the rushing forward of a great body of the atmosphere."

1837 -- "Racer's Storm" leaves 2,000-mile path of destruction. Racer's Storm, named for a British sloop of war which encountered the storm in the northwest Caribbean, was one of the most destructive storms of the 19th century. It formed near Jamaica, crossed the Yucatan, struck the Gulf coast of Texas, and moved over Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina before arriving off the North Carolina coast on October 9.

1846 -- September hurricane creates inlets on the North Carolina Outer BanksTwo major inlets on the Outer Banks of North Carolina were cut by a hurricane in September 1846. Later in the year, a severe hurricane struck the Florida Keys destroying or damaging all but eight of the 600 houses in Key West. Some experts say this hurricane was probably a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

1848 -- Hurricane pushes a 15-foot tide through Tampa, Fla. Fort Brooke, site of the present-day city of Tampa, was nearly destroyed by two hurricanes that hit the area within a month of each other.

1873 -- First hurricane warning issued in the U.S. The U.S. Army Signal Corps warned of a storm approaching the coast between Cape May, N.J., and New London, Conn. The storm never made landfall.

1878 -- Hurricane remains over Florida for three days. A slow-moving hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys and slowly made its way up the center of the state.

1881 -- Hurricane kills 700 in Georgia and South Carolina. Savannah and Augusta, Ga., experienced severe damage when this hurricane came ashore in August 1881. Several barrier islands were completely submerged by the storm surge.

1886 -- June storm dumps 21.4 inches of rain on Alexandria, La. After flooding the Louisiana coast, the storm moved into Texas where it completely destroyed the city of Indianola. Indianola was never rebuilt.

1893 -- Two storms kill thousands in South. In August, between 1,000 and 2,000 are killed in a storm that submerged the South Carolina barrier islands. In October, another storm flooded a Louisiana bayou, killing 2,000 people.

You can also find historical hurricane photos on the site, although they are later than Log Cabin Village's time period.

And here is great information from MY favorite online source, The Handbook of Texas online:

HURRICANES. The largest and most destructive storms affecting the Texas coast are the tropical cyclones that occur seasonally from late June through October. From 1818 to 1885 at least twenty-eight hurricanes struck Texas, and from 1885 through 1964 sixty-six tropical storms were recorded, about two-thirds of which were of hurricane force (with winds of more than seventy-four miles an hour). Two major hurricanes occurred in the five years from 1965 to 1970. Frequently these storms rushed inland, causing destruction and flooding in the interior, but the heaviest damage has always been to population centers along the coast.

A hurricane spoiled Jean Laffite's pirate encampment on Galveston Island in 1818, and "Racer's Storm" passed over the same area in 1837. This strong wind, named for the Racer, a British sloop-of-war that encountered the storm in the Yucat√°n Channel, reached Brownsville about October 4, curved up the coastline over Galveston, and then moved eastward to the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston, South Carolina. Racer's Storm wrecked nearly every vessel on the coast and blew away all the houses on Galveston Island. It sent floodwaters inland fifteen to twenty miles over the coastal prairies.

Five years later, in September 1842, Galveston was again prostrated. No lives were lost, but parts of the city were tossed about like "pieces of a toy town." Damage to ships and buildings amounted to $50,000. Another September storm struck Texas in 1854 between Galveston and Matagorda. Matagorda was leveled, Houston sustained a $30,000 loss, and heavy damage was reported at Lynchburg, San Jacinto, Velasco, Quintana, Brazoria, Columbia, and Sabine Pass.

The entire Texas coast felt the hurricane of 1867, which entered the state south of Galveston on October 3. Bagdad and Clarksville, at the mouth of the Rio Grande, were flattened, while Galveston was flooded and raked for a loss of $1 million.

On September 16, 1875, a hurricane washed away three-fourths of the buildings in Indianola, Calhoun County, and killed 176 people. Five years later, on October 12-13, 1880, many lives were lost and Brownsville was nearly destroyed by a tropical wind. A second hurricane in Indianola on August 19-20, 1886, struck the town, destroying or damaging every structure.

The Galveston hurricane of 1900, on September 8-9, is known as the worst natural disaster in United States history. Although the wind was estimated at 120 miles per hour, flooding caused most of the damage. The island was completely inundated. Property loss amounted to about $40 million, and an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 persons perished. On August 16-19, 1915, Galveston again received the brunt of a vicious hurricane. Damage amounted to $50 million, but only 275 lives were lost because of the protection afforded by a new seawall.