September 23 was celebrated as Museum Day in Austin. On this day many of the city's museums offer free admission, including the Neill-Cochran House. This house is owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Texas and was built by Abner Cook, the builder of the Texas Govenor's mansion as well as other buildings in Austin and throughout Texas.
During the day, the Dames allow my friends and I to sit in one of the parlors dressed in 1860s clothes and greet guests. The museum director is very gracious and ensures we are all comfortable. There were several visitors during the day but I managed to get the bodice almost done of the plaid dress; more on that later.
I think I'll make it without the belt. So on the look out for trimmings. I would like to have it done for Texian Market Days at the end of October, but I'm starting a full time job Monday, so won't have as much time as I have the last year (when I should have been working on it!).
Today some friends and I dressed up and added scenery for the Save Texas History Symposium put on by the Texas General Land Office. This year's theme was the Civil War.
Symposium attendees came out during breaks to visit. One woman came out and asked what we were doing and then asked my name. After I told her, she said "I thought so! You're in my PowerPoint!" She is a 7th/8th grade history teacher in San Antonio and uses my website information and various images when teaching the Civil War! She was very appreciative of my site and thought it a great resource.
Always feels good to know things you build are used and appreciated.