According to Heritage Farmstead Museum Marketing and Development Director Katherine Wilson,
North Texas Giving Day has been our annual campaign for the past 10 years… The funds raised and the public awareness Giving Day has provided makes an impact on every impact of our success. We will continue to be involved in the largest giving day in the nation until the cows come home…Let me first say don’t be intimidated when it comes to visiting a museum.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum welcomes each visitor as a friend of the farmstead and guarantees a positive experience. Whether it’s through walking the beautifully landscaped 4 acres or volunteering your time to support this community treasure, spending time in the great outdoors, socializing, learning something new, giving of your time are all ways our museum can add meaning to your life. We can’t wait to share this community treasure, a significant place for learning and conversation.
There is a history buried deep within the four acres of our beautiful farmstead, located in the middle of suburban Plano that is evidence of our rich agricultural heritage. Maintaining 14 original historic structures and preserving over 10,000 artifacts is our promise to the community. Without these iconic treasures we could not share the story to 35,000 visitors annually, 10,000 of which are school children who enjoy field trips and summer camps throughout the year. Many are families who enjoy our public tours and programming geared to educate and entertain.
We pride ourselves in maintaining a healthy environment for our livestock on exhibit at the museum. Our lovable livestock are a farmstead favorite and expose our visitors to yet another aspect of our historical past. Animals have always been important throughout history. The Farmstead is home to Poncho a Mammoth Jack Donkey who played a significant role in Plano’s past. Sheep were favorable because of their wool and meat for which they are still used and bred today. Pigs, chickens, turkeys and goats have been important to our agriculture, the livelihoods of thousands of family farmers, and the diet of millions of Americans.
And finally the Heritage Farmstead Museum is a haven for people who are looking to give back to their community in some form of community service. Volunteers at the farmstead come to the museum because it gives them purpose in life. Whether it is making our kitchen garden grow, tending to the care of our animals, working special events, conducting children’s programs or giving public tours; people find a place to belong and give service. Ours is a stronger community because of the Heritage Farmstead Museum.
* Graphic/photo provided by Heritage Farmstead Museum
In ten years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $240 million into the North Texas community. In 2018, more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting over 2,700 area nonprofits.