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  • Feb. 23 Book-signing “Our Vidas, Our Historias: Hispanic Voices from the Crossroads”





    11:30am - 1:30pm
    Dr. Karen Hagan, Victoria College History Professor, and students from VC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa conducted interviews of Crossroads residents. The resulting honor society project was presented internationally, and is now published in this quote book. Readers will hear from Hispanics who live alongside them, shop with them, stand in line with them, and experience the same aggravations and joys shared by all average citizens. Books are available for purchase in the museum store and VC bookstore. Proceeds from the book are used to fund college scholarships for Hispanic students.
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  • Feb. 28 Docent Training


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    Learn what it takes to be a tour guide at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Every year, thousands of regional 4th- and 7th- grade Texas History students tour the museum, along with general curriculum and special interest classrooms. Be a part of this exciting opportunity to share Victoria's and the Coastal Bend's unique history and heritage!

    Participants should arrive at 9am to visit with Amanda Lanum, Education Coordinator, as she discusses docent requirements and needs, and conducts a tour of the permanent exhibit.

    To sign up, visit volunteervictoriatx.org. For additional information, contact Amanda at 361-582-2559 or email Amanda.Lanum@victoriacollege.edu.

  • Mar. 2 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE: "Building a Caddo Grass House"





    Thursday, March 2; 5:30 p.m.
    In the 1680's, a member of the French explorer La Salle's expedition described Caddo "cabins" as being 40 - 50 feet high, in the shape of beehives. Anthony Souther and Rachel Galan from Caddo Mounds State Historic Site will give a brief history of the Caddo Grass House and talk about the 2016/2017 Caddo Mounds grass house project.

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  • Mar. 11 - 18: Spring Break & Hands-On History



    Residents and visitors to Victoria are invited to visit MCB during Spring Break 2017. 
    During regular viewing hours, visitors can tour the museum's permanent exhibit, "Where Texas History Began", and try out activities inspired by Texas history, such as roping, loading a cannon, and using an atlatl (spear thrower). Children and families are invited to participate in hands-on-history interactive activities on Tuesday - Thursday of Spring Break week.

    Spring Break Hands-On History: Toys of the Past
    10am - 4pm each day
    Tuesday, Mar. 14 - Thaumatropes and pinwheels
    Wednesday, Mar. 15 - Cornhusk dolls
    Thursday, Mar. 16 - Ball-and-triangle, and whirligigs

    MCB is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

    Hands-on history events include interactive activities for children and families. Come-and-go throughout the day.

  • Mar. 23 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE: "Mystic Sails, Texas Trails"





    Thursday, March 23; 5:30 p.m.
    Lecture and book-signing
    Authors Mickey Herskowitz and Bob Davant discuss Captain Grimes, Shanghai Pierce, Range Wars, and Raising Texas. "Mystic Sails, Texas Trails" is available for purchase in the museum store.

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  • Apr. 8 Hands-On History: Cattle Drive



    Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Learn about the cattle industry of Texas through hands on activities. Grab your herd of cattle and try to make your way through the museum, take part in a brand scavenger hunt, and assemble our beef cuts puzzle. Ranchers bring your brands to participate in our brand burning and make your mark part of our brand collection!
  • Apr. 20 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE: "Timber Fawn Clovis Site, Kingwood, TX"





    Thursday, April 20; 5:30 p.m.
    Long-time Texas archeologist, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will discuss the discovery and analysis of “Kingwood’s First Inhabitants: The Timber Fawn Clovis Site (41HR1165) in Kingwood, Harris County. Dub will speak on the traits that make up the Clovis culture as well as discuss all the artifacts recovered from the Timber Fawn site.

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  • May 4 Spring Artisans' Market



    Thursday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    - Unique spring decor, Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts, hand-crafted by regional artisans
    - Enjoy libations & tea hour snacks while you shop
    - Demos,samples & gift ideas
    - Free & open to the public
    Support MCB! 10% of artisans’ sales are donated to benefit the museum.

  • May 13 Hands-On History: Texas Plants



    Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Learn about plants native to Texas. Throughout the day, create an herb scent bag, make your own ink, and learn how to write secret messages by just using plants and fruit you can find in your grocery store.
  • May 13 Nature Walk - Foraging Wild Foods & Medicine





    Saturday, May 13; 10:30 a.m.
    Riverside Park; meeting location to be announced.
    Discover foraging with noted native plant expert, Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, author of "Idiots Guide: Foraging", to gain insight about safely and ethically collecting local wild plants for food and medicine. Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Pen/pencil and a camera are recommended. FREE; recommended for ages 12 & up.

    The walk will be followed by a lecture at the museum beginning at 12:30pm. Copies of Vorderbruggen’s book, “Idiot’s Guide: Foraging”, will be available for purchase in the museum store. “Hands-on History: Texas Plants” interactive activities for children and families will be held from 10am – 4pm in the museum’s galleries.

  • May 13 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE: Wild Foods and Native Medicines





    Saturday, May 13; 12:30 p.m.
    The early people of Texas relied on plants for food, medicine, technology and rituals. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen discusses how Texas’ Native Americans used plants to stay alive. Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen is a research chemist and one of the Houston area’s most intrepid explorers.

    The lecture will be preceded by a nature walk in Riverside Park beginning at 10:30am. On the walk, participants will learn about safely and ethically collecting local wild plants. Copies of Vorderbruggen’s book, “Idiot’s Guide: Foraging”, will be available for purchase in the museum store. “Hands-on History: Texas Plants” interactive activities for children and families will be held from 10am – 4pm in the museum’s galleries.


  • June 13 - June 15 Girl Scouts Archaeology Explorers Summer Camp





    Tuesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 15 from 10am-1pm

    $15 per registrant ($13 for museum members)
    Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 30

    Calling all Daisies and Brownies! Now is your chance to learn what archaeology is and how you can help protect the past. Experience an active archaeology lab, and better understand what it is archaeologists do. Finish off the camp by creating an archaeology science board to be displayed for 1 month in the museum. All scouts who complete the camp will earn an Archaeology Explorer patch!

    Archaeology Explorers Registration Form 
    Please return registration forms and payments to Museum of the Coastal Bend 2200 Red River St. Victoria, TX 77901. For more information please contact our Education Coordinator at amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu or (361) 582-2559.

    If seats are open after the registration deadline the spaces will be made available to girls ages 5-8 who are not currently in the Girl Scout program.


  • July 18 - July 21 Girl Scouts Junior Archaeologist Summer Camp





    Tuesday, July 18-Friday, July 21 from 9am-1:30pm

    $25 per registrant ($22 for museum members)

    Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets! Interested in exploring the past through archaeology? During the week long camp, discover the wonders of archaeology and help preserve the past. Campers will help sort artifacts in the museum’s working archaeology lab, design one of the museum’s Early Peoples display cases, and take a trip out to an active archaeological site! All scouts who complete the camp will receive a Junior Archaeologist patch!

    *Transportation to the archaeological site on Friday, July 21 is not provided. Maps and directions to the site will be handed out at the start of camp. We request that at least one parent or troop leader per 4 scouts be present at the archaeological site. Since this is an active site, closed toed shoes are required.*

    Junior Archaeologist Registration Form Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 5. Please return all registration forms and payments to Museum of the Coastal Bend 2200 Red River St. Victoria, TX 77901

    If seats are open after the registration deadline the spaces will be made available to girls ages 9-12 who are not currently in the Girl Scout program.


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