Texas Women’s History
Tales Worth Telling & Re-telling
Aaah, the fascination of women and men for the stories of those early generations of Texas’ heroic efforts, particularly the Texas Dames, those Sassy and Savvy women who swapped bread for hunks of deer meat with the Indians; for those who shot canons through doorways to ward off marauding Indians, and on up through time to the women who notched “firsts” in almost every professional and public service arena.
These are the stories I love to tell and have been doing so for several years, even before Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History was published by The History Press and that I’ll continue to tell when my next book on women in Texas history comes out in September: Texas Women Ranchers: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie.
Interested? Let’s talk. Schedule a date and sort through the following topics for what might suit your civic, professional, education or religious group’s interests—by profession, by era, by accomplishments, by the change women wrought when they arrived in Texas.
CONTACT ME: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, May 14 to the Junior Twentieth Century Club luncheon
at 1 p.m. in Brownwood.
- Same day, 3:30 p.m., in Brownwood, to the Museum of History.
Texas Dames continue to draw the best fans and audiences in the state!.
LET’S TALK… Would you like to hear some of these stories told? If so, let’s talk about time, date and particular subject or subjects in which your group—civic, religious, professional, educational—might be interested. Subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, “Scribblers Sanctuary” for a monthly roundup of story events as well as a few “Texana Tips” for the Texas History lover.
More ideas for programs for your organization:
The Professions and “Texas Dames™”
Medicine — from anesthesia, optometry, physical rehabilitation and railroad doctoring.
Science ——botanists and marine biologists, both students of flora and fauna from Austin to Fort Davis.
Business — in Dallas’ beginnings, a woman in construction; another ran a circus (after serving as a spy in the Civil War); another ruled timber and banking interests in Huntsville; another from Dallas invented and successfully marketed “white out;” the former black slave who cornered downtown Dallas real estate; four who ran successful hotels from the coast to Dallas.
Agriculture — Texas being an agricultural state and still large in agri-business, quite a few “Texas Dames” stories recount their experiences over the miles of Texas borders and across the eras:
• Fifteen ’Dames’ from the coast throughout West Texas, raised cattle, sheep, horses (even the first polo ponies sold to New Yorkers) while pioneering in oil and banking.
Law — a half dozen Texas Dames parlayed their law degrees to serve as Supreme Court judges, “the all women Supreme Court in 1925,” while modern women have followed to the bench in state and county courts in the 1970’s.
Aviation — Four “Texas Dames”
• Two women pilots and instructor pilots holding the earliest pilot’s licenses in the 1920’s
• Two women stayed on the ground and wheeled and dealed to recruit, train and sustain women pilots for service in World War II
LET’S TALK…817 737 6958 or EMAIL
P. O. Box 470841
Fort Worth, Tx 76147