Making Texas History Fun
Dennis Heckathorne Texas History Lecturer


Dennis Heckathorne, is a native Texan, historian, a member of the Texas Army, and founder of the

Texas Army Fife & Drum Corp.

Credits to Dennis' name include restoration of two antique rifles commissioned by the Alamo
and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the restoration of an antique drum for the Battleship Texas. He participates in inaugural parades and appeared in an exclusive segment on the Eyes of Texas.

Dennis speaks at schools, referring to his class lectures as Paths to Texas History.”
Wherever the student’s interests extend, Dennis can direct the student along that path.
He has a way of capturing the student’s interest while enlightening them on the aspects of frontier life.
He works with the teacher to select diverse historical topics to best comply with the lesson plan.
He has the ability to entice the student’s interest and the student will want to learn history.
Dennis covers many subjects pertaining to Texas History including different uses for gourds,
“the tupperware of the frontier,” making fire with flint and steel, tanning leather, making log cabins,
candle making, firearms of the period (how they were made and used), bullet molding over a camp fire,
period clothing, black smithing, period music, toys, bee keeping, old customs, dueling, old stories,
wheel making, writing with a quill pen, calligraphy, wildlife, Indians and Indian crafts and many more
items of interest. Demonstrations of most subjects can be arranged when practical and desired.

Dennis lectures in full costume of the early Texas pioneer. His wardrobe is complete with accouterments,
and he carries a flintlock long rifle. He plays old Texas tunes including those that Sam Houston’s musicians
played at the Battle of Jacinto, and can also play American Revolution and Civil War tunes.

Mr. Heckathorne has appeared in numerous newspaper articles and has been nationally quoted in Newsweek. Dennis has lectured at Washington on the Brazos, San Jacinto Monument, Bayou Bend Museum,
at meetings of both The Sons of the Republic of Texas and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, also on the grounds of the Alamo, for civic groups, and various public and private schools. His expertise in
Texas History is an asset very much needed in our Texas school system.

  Dennis Heckathorne
   1221 Sunset Blvd.
Pasadena, Texas 77506
      713-472-3743

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