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  • Sept. 12 Home School Class: Early Peoples of Texas





    1p.m. - 3p.m.
    This class is designed for home school students grades 3-7. Students will learn about the early peoples of Texas. They will also participate in multiple hands-on activities, including pump drills, making cordage, and creating an atlatl from household supplies.

    $10 per student ($8 for museum members). Parents/guardians are free. Registration deadline is the Saturday before each class. For more information or to register, call (361) 582-2559 or email amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.
  • Sept. 15 Hands-On History: Colonization Live!



    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Come by the museum to learn about colonization and try your hand at activities such as picking the best water source, loading your wagon, and finding resources. 

    All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
  • Oct. 3 Collections Workshop - Preserve Your Treasures: Photographs





    2:00 p.m.
    Presented by Elizabeth Neucere, Collections & Exhibits Manager, Museum of the Coastal Bend
    In this workshop, participants will work one-on-one with the MCB’s Exhibits and Collections Manager to learn how best to care for their photographs. Participants are to bring 10 4”x6” and 10 8”x10” or smaller photographs that will fit in archival sleeves provided by the MCB.
    This event is FREE for museum members and $10 for the public. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, September 26. Call (361) 582-2434.
  • Oct. 4 Stormont Lecture: Gault and the Peopling of the Americas





    5:30 p.m.
    Presented by Dr. Clarke Wernecke, Executive Director of The Gault School of Archaeological Research at Texas State University, San Marcos.
    Though long-suspected, the discovery of human occupation in southern Chile prior to 13,500 years ago started a major shift in the way archaeologists and prehistorians looked at the peopling of the Americas. Other sites predating the earliest named culture in the Americas, Clovis, have now been identified and new hypotheses suggested to explain how and when the first peoples came to this hemisphere. The Gault Archaeological Site, 40 miles north of Austin, is contributing to this current debate with 150,000+ artifacts from a culture that dates to 16,000 years ago. In his presentation, Wernecke will discuss both our past and present understandings of Peopling of the Americas and the impact of the world-renowned Gault Site on this ongoing paradigm shift.

    The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is organized by and takes place at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Lecture topics complement the museum’s mission of enhancing an appreciation and enjoyment for the heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend. Stormont lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Oct. 13 Hands-On History: Archaeology

       

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Studying the people of the past through items they left behind is an archaeologist's job. Stop by the museum to learn more about what it is archaeologists do and what the artifacts they uncover can tell us about the past. Make your own "pottery puzzles" and try out an atlatl on the front lawn.

    All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
  • Oct. 18 Stormont Lecture: From a ‘Ladies Auxiliary’ to a Driving Force for Women’s Rights: The Ladies of the American GI Forum






    5:30 p.m.
    Presented by Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Coordinator of the Mexican American Studies Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
    Quiroz discusses his latest research into the role of women with the American GI Forum, a national civil-rights organization birthed in South Texas that works to secure equal rights for Hispanic Americans and particularly Hispanic veterans.

    The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is organized by and takes place at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Lecture topics complement the museum’s mission of enhancing an appreciation and enjoyment for the heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend. Stormont lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Oct. 24 Home School Class: Archaeology Madness

        



    1 p.m. - 3p.m.
    This class is designed for home school students grades 3-7. Student will work together to learn about what it is archaeologists do and why archaeology is important. This session will focus on basic archaeological concepts such as stratigraphy. 

    $10 per student ($8 for museum members). Parents/guardians are free. Registration deadline is the Saturday before each class. For more information or to register, call (361) 582-2559 or email amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.
  • Nov. 1 Stormont Lecture: Texas Music History



    5:30 p.m.
    Presented by Dr. Jason Mellard, Director for the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, San Marcos.
    Texas Music has become a popular label, communicating something between a genre and a brand, but what exactly is it? What, if anything, connects Willie Nelson to Lydia Mendoza, Blind Lemon Jefferson to Janis Joplin, or Sam the Sham to Ernest Tubb? This lecture presents an overview of Texas music history but also investigates the very notion of ‘the Texan’ and the ways popular music provides a lens to view issues of place and identity.

    The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is organized by and takes place at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Lecture topics complement the museum’s mission of enhancing an appreciation and enjoyment for the heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend. Stormont lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Nov. 20 Hands-On History: Native Animals



    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Learn about the animals native to Texas including those on the endangered species list. Create a crane mobile, a prairie dog mask, and more.

    All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
  • Dec. 6 Holiday Artisans Market



    11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Now in its 12th year, this free annual event features handcrafted, one-of-a-kind products by regional makers and artisans. Shop for unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list!
  • Dec. 15 Hands-On History: Nature As Art



    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Use nature to create masterpieces at the museum! Make beautiful art prints using the sun and leaves, and vegetables and pants.

    All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
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