Neal Donovan was born in Valley Forge, PA and as an army brat, lived coast to coast from North to South. Neal is a teacher who lived in Maine for over 30 years before moving to Texas to become a teacher. He is a decendant from two soldiers who fought for the Union. One was in Co. G 20th Maine Volunteers and the other in the 5th New York Heavy Artillery. Neal reenacts with the 1st U.S., Co. A, 3rd Maine Volunteers as well as with the WWI Russian Legion. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his audiences.
Dixie Belle Dulcimers
The Dixie Belle Dulcimers docents comprise a group of ladies who met as members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Their love of genealogy, history and music made them a group of friends as well. They are Beverly Plante, Melba Sanders, Margaret Phillips, Paula Bonner and Margaret Daniels. A couple of them knew how to play the dulcimers and the other three were so intrigued that they began to take lessons themselves. Since that time, they have made their period clothing, learned the instrument and the history of the songs sung during the mid 19th century. They have performed for churches, community events, conventions, libraries and the Texas Civil War Museum. Although they are considered officially retired, they work full time in various volunteer positions. When asked what they enjoyed about the Texas Civil War Museum the response was an enthusiastic “we love being in such a fantastic place with so many fine artifacts. It is very meaningful for us. We love sharing the gift of music to the children and interacting with visitors from all over the world. We hope everyone will be able to visit this museum.”
Major Jack G Dyess (US Army Retired)
Jack is a native Texan, originally from Dallas. He and his wife, Diane, now live in Halton City where both served on the City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. He holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran. He is a docent of soldiers who fought in every war involving the United States (except World War I) dating back to the Revolutionary War including seven lineal and 12 collateral ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. Jack is currently an Instructor Evaluator for the American Sailing Assocation and is a licensed Captain in the US Merchant Marine. He is an avid military history enthusiast; visiting over 100 civil war battlefields as well as numerous World War II battlefields in Europe. He is a member of the Texas Navy Association, Reserve officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Order of the Southern Cross, Society of Independent Southern Historians and a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the military Order of Stars and Bars. In 2007, Governor Rick Perry commissioned Jack an Admiral in the Texas Navy in recognition of his service to his country and his state.
His most interesting experience was teaching actress, Julia Roberts, to country-western dance and appearing in a movie with her and Willie Nelson in 1992.
John wears many hats at the TCWM. Some are infantry and some are artillery, but he also is the Resident Historian and works at the front desk. He is a human encyclopedia concerning the Civil War and will share his knowledge with the guests that come to the museum seeking such knowledge. John's family were some of the first residents in Euless, Texas and Northeast Tarrant County has always been his home. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of the American Revolution. He remembers talking with some of his grandfathers and uncles who fought in the war. He says he has been involved in the hobby since he fought at the Battle of Chickamauga--(but really since the Centennial Anniversary of the War Between the States.) John was recruited to work at the museum after retiring from the printing industry. One of his favorite things about being with the TCWM is getting to be the official book reviewer and reading the latest books coming from the printing presses. Look for Johnny Reb's reviews under the education tab.
Doug began Harman Consulting after retiring as President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and as the City Manager of Fort Worth. He is a consultant, writer and public speaker on a variety of related industry topics. He has degrees in Political Science and a PhD in Urban Administration from the American University and was awarded "Certified Destination Management Executive" by the University of Calgary, Purdue University and the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. He is a member and/or holds offices in the Tarrant County Historical Commission, THC Lakes Trail, Texas Trail of Fame, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Trails Committee, Log Cabin Heritage Foundation, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Aviation Heritage, Van Zandt Cottage, Texas Association of Museum and Sister City. He has written more than 60 published articles appearing in professional journals as well as developed a number of museum exhibits on Texas, Fort Worth and Western heritage topics. For his efforts he has received numerous awards such as: Cowtown Legend, Legacy, Community Builder, Tall in Texas, American Spirit, and Leadership Fellow. Doug enjoys working at the museum because he loves history, artifacts and being with people.
Programs expertise: Victorian Lady, Civil War Medicine, Flags, & Director of Communication and Edu.
Cindy grew up in Bellmead, Texas and currently resides in Colleyville, Texas. She is part of the Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dallas Southern Memorial, Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, Texas Association of Museums, National Charity League, First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth and numerous other organizations and associations. After growing up with a history minded family who took her to visit the sites and study family history her love for Civil War history took off. Over the past 25 years she has been actively involved in her hobby and involvement with things concerning the Civil War. Cindy is currently the Director of Communication and Education, Texas Civil War Museum. Cindy was a secondary teacher with Arlington ISD for 16 years before becoming a mother of triplets. She worked as a Major Gifts Officer for Baylor University Development prior to coming to work at the Texas Civil War Museum. She attended Baylor University for her undergraduate work and as a graduate student attended the University of North Texas receiving a certificication in history. She is the past president of the Texas Association of Museums Trustees, Emeritus Texas Confederate Museum Board of Trustees, Founding Officer for the Texas and Southwestern Collectors Association and past Vice President of the Texas Historical Foundation.
Peter Clayton Levy
Programs expertise:Soldier talks, Firing demonstrations, period dances, and customs of the Civil War
Peter grew up a military brat and live primarily in different parts of the Northeast. He now lives in west Fort Worth and is part of many organizations including the Gettysburg Foundation and several Civil War units. His interest in the Civil War began in second grade when he memorized the Gettysburg Address. More recently, in 1993, he began Civil War reenacting in Massachusetts and has participated in national and local events ever since. As a retired navy logistics specialist and aviation storekeeper, he now enjoys being able to invest more time in his Civil War hobbies. His favorite parts about working at the museum are talking with the children and visitors as well as musing through the ever changing galleries.
Charles Marks is a Baylor University graduate and veteran of the United States Air Force. He is currently an Operations Supervisor at Frost Bank and is working on a graduate degree at UTA. He and his wife and daughter are all native Texans and a love of history comes naturally. He interned at the Texas Civil War museum and became a Civil War reenactor with the 15th Texas Co E. He is a member of the SCV, Texas State Historical Association and Southern Historical Society. His program speciality is the Civil War Soldier.
Programs expertise: Dressing the Southern Lady and Soap Making
Glenda has lived in McKinney and Collin, Texas all her life. She is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Chestnut Square Living Historians, Collin County History Center, Ladies of the South Reenacting Group, Ladies of the South West, and Civil War Women. After joining the UDC, her love for history developed and she became actively involved in the hobbies involving the Civil War which she has been involved in for 18 years. Currently, she works as a Sales, Beauty Control Cosmetics consultant, and part owner of Josh’s Auto Paint Body Shop in McKinney, Texas. Her favorite part about working at the museum is meeting all the great children and adults and bringing history to life.
Programs expertise: Medical
David is a life long Arlington native. He is active with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the 15th Tx Cavalry and the Trans Mississippi Medical Corps. He is married with two children and one granddaughter. What he enjoys most about teaching at the museum is talking with the guests about the history of the War Between the States.
Louis Pastusek is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas and became so interested in Civil War history in elementary school that he became a junior high history teacher in the Keller ISD for over 20 years. Now retired, he still teaches students at living history sites across North Texas. Louis is active with the 15th Texas, Co. E. Cavalry Civil War Reenactors and a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and sharing his knowledge about life of the 19th century soldier.
Programs expertise: Christianity During the Civil War
Dennis Partrich was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, he and his wife live in Burleson, TX. Dennis holds a Phd from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches both there and at Dallas Baptist University as well as serving as Director of Singles Ministry at Cana Baptist Church. Having always been interested in history it was easy for Dennis to join the living history hobby after watching the Ken Burn's series on PBS and researching his great-great grandfather who was a soldier in the 43rd Alabama Volunteers. He wanted to do more than just read about the lasting impact the war had on his home state; he wanted to experience the sights, sounds and feel of the period so he joined as the Fighting Parson of the 36th Texas Cavalry reenactment unit. He enjoys interacting with the visitors at the museum and sharing information about the period.
In everyday life people know Gary M. Rozzell as a Texas State Trooper, but at the Texas Civil War Museum he is a soldier with the 7th Texas Cavalry. Gary grew up in the middle of Civil War history having lived in Brookhaven Mississippi and Butler, Alabama, having thoroughly explored all of the nearby battlefields as a boy scout before moving to Vernon, Texas. He now calls Mineral Wells home. Twenty-two years ago he began his living history career portraying a soldier in the Texas Revolution, but soon expanded to include the Civil War era. Gary was in the Army and flew UH-IH helicopters in Vietnam as a warrant officer. He started his law enforcement career in 1975. He is married to Kathy and together they have a son, daughter and five grandchildren. He likes volunteering at the TCWM because he enjoys visiting with the people who have similar interests in studying history.
Programs expertise: Soldier, Music
For more than 35 years Joe has worn many reenacting hats and can talk on numerous subjects such as military tactics, uniforms, hardware, textiles and music of the period. He plays a pretty good guitar and banjo as well. His boyhood years were spent growing up on a battlefield in Atlanta, Ga, listening to his grandmother's stories. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War and earning a BA from Georgia State he moved to Waco and became the Vice President of a National Distributing Company. Upon retirement he was able to pursue his passion. He attended Baylor University graduate school in museum studies and serves as a researcher for the Heritage Museum and Research Center at Hill College. He also is a consultant for Civil War books, movies, and paintings. Aside from collecting period artifacts, he is a member of the Civil War Round Table, Hood's Texas Brigade Reactivated, Order of the Southern Cross, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of American Revolution, Company of Military Historians and numerous other history related organizations. When asked what he likes best about volunteering at the TCWM he said "just being there."