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Texana Living History Association

Susanna Dickinson - First Person Interpretation

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed


Susanna Dickinson will always be remembered as the sole adult Anglo survivor who witnessed the massacre at the Battle of the Alamo. It was here that her husband died and her daughter, Angelina, was given the legendary ring by William Travis. Following the fall of the Alamo, Susanna was interviewed by Santa Anna himself and sent with a message to Sam Houston. But Susanna's story does not end there. Susanna was a strong woman and a survivor, but the memory of those days would haunt her for the rest of her life. She sometimes suffered from what she called her “black days”. Hear her story told by one of Texana's costumed characters delivered in a monologue-style presentation. Presentation is altered to accommodate the age of students. Q and A session is allotted at the end of the presentation to discuss aspects of either the character’s life or the presentation style.

Students Will

  • Make a personal connection with someone who was previously just a name in a book.
  • Have a better understanding of how individual people can affect historical events and how historical events affect individuals.
  • Learn from visual and auditory presentation.
  • Develop listening and critical thinking skills by asking questions of the presenter about her role as an actor and/or about the life of Susanna.
  • Learn about the life of Susanna before and after the Battle of the Alamo and about her role in Texas’ struggle for independence from Mexico and the victory over Santa Anna at San Jacinto.
  • Literacy: Dear America, A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1836; By: Sherry Garland; ISBN: 0590394665
  • Literacy: Susanna Dickinson: Lone Star Legends, 2006; By: Peggy Reimers; ISBN-10: 1-4276-064-2


Dates: Any day on first come-first serve basis, but calendar fills up quickly, especially the month of May.
Times: Program may begin anytime after 8:30am.
Duration: Approximately one hour (includes Q & A session)
School Fee: $265 flat rate for first presentation,$85 for additional back-to-back presentations by Susanna.
Minimum Attendance: 2
Maximum Attendance: 200
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Sound system, restroom/ dressing room. 1 adult per 25 students must attend and maintain discipline among students.
Other Information: 1 adult per 22 students required to participate and maintain discipline. Contact [email protected] for educational materials.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To schedule this program, contact Kathy Ogle at [email protected] or call 214-906-5792. If no reply within 24 hours, please call 972-235-5629.
Deadline: Please book 2-3 weeks in advance. However, sometimes last-minute requests can be accommodated.
Cancellation Policy: CANCELLATION POLICY: To cancel or reschedule an event, notice should be given at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the program (4 weeks notice needed for camps). Every effort to re-schedule the program will be made. However, rescheduling is sometimes impossible and a full refund will be given if notice is given at least 3 weeks (4 weeks for camps) in advance of a program. No refund can be issued without 3 weeks notice for general programs and 4 weeks notice for camps. RAIN POLICY FOR CAMPS: We cannot reschedule or cancel a camp because of rain. Please provide a place indoors where our presenters can move equipment inside to do demonstrations excluding tents, wagon and campfire. Please discuss possible options with the Texana Coordinator prior to camp. SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER Schools should contact the Texana Program Coordinator when inclement weather (other than rain) is expected. When possible, we will try to reschedule program if prior notice is given. Please note that some of our presenters live a long distance from Dallas and will try to arrive as scheduled if the school is open and chose not to reschedule or cancel the program. However, we will not travel if road conditions are considered unsafe for the presenter and no refunds offered if the presenter cannot travel due to unsafe road conditions. If rescheduling is not possible and 48 hour notice is given, we will refund payment to the school. No refunds offered for school closings due to inclement weather unless 48 hour notice of cancellation is given.
After School Policy: AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM POLICY: A minimum of 2 students required in a class. Class may not occur with fewer than 2 students. Maximum number of students will vary with specific program. For example, some of the Pioneer Life Skill Demonstrations and Workshops may be limited to a maximum of 15 students. However, stage presentations may accommodate up to 200 students. In all cases, unless stated, we request at least 1 school-staff adult to be present per every 20 students. A few programs require additional adults. Adults are expected to participate in the program. If appropriate adult supervision is not provided, the program will not continue. Please verify minimum and maximum student and adult requirements prior to booking the program.

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