TO: Bob Stewart
FROM: Susan Clark
RE: deMesa House training
As we discussed earlier, we feel that the volunteers need a refresher course
in tours for the deMesa House including some new approaches such as theme
It is suggested that these theme tours be developed separately and the training
be done once a month to acquaint the volunteers with all aspects of the
Territorial Period gradually.
The first of these training sessions is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 3:00
in the afternoon. House tours would cease at that time and the building would
be closed to visitors.
The first session, will deal with Family Life, 1837. Karen Mortensen and I
have enlarged on the idea of the hypothetical family by giving a more definite
personality to the house.
Our family consists of a sickly mother suffering from tuberculosis but who has
periods of remission during which time she is a willing participant in social
and civic affairs. She is educated, enjoys reading both to herself and to her
children. She plays the pianoforte and does needlepoint. Her outside interests
include church work and membership in the local Temperance Society much to her
Father is a successful businessman speculating in land deals, owning a citrus grove
and several horses. He doesn't have to knock himself out with hard work so he
has time for leisure pursuits such as horseback riding, hunting,fishing and sailing.
Billiards, attending slave auctions and court sessions also provide relief from
boredom. A nip with the other gentlemen in the area is also a favorite pasttime.
Three little girls complete the amil They are eight, five and 1/2 years
old respectively. The infant is six months old, the oAly member of the family
having been born in St. Augustine. The family's wealth allows the two older
girls to have private schooling in literature, languages and the social graces.
They are learning needlework as well. Like all children, they enjoy their toys,
playing with neighborhood children and going on excursions with.the family.
I have included a list of props that we would like to have in the house to
enhance this interpretation. I'll be glad to work with you on acquiring these
items through my contacts and through volunteer help. Say the word and I'll
get started right away.
If you have any ideas to add for this session please let me know.
Suggested props for deMesa House:
white kid gloves for men and women
dresser set (mirror, comb and brush)
nightgown and shawl
shoes children's and adults)
calling .-- rds
needle,:'-:int and frame
writing materials (inkpot, quill, paper)
school ocooK:s and work
rocking chair (circa 1837)
clothing for men and children
Fishing and hunting gear
houseplants and containers
S:. goldfish bowl and fish
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