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  • Oct 12 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE John Kittredge and the American Civil War





    5:30 p.m.
    John W. Kittredge, a Yankee captain, blockaded the coast of Texas from Matagorda to Corpus Christi during the American Civil War. Norman C. Delaney discusses Kittredge’s career as a merchant captain before the Civil War; his attack on Corpus Christi in August of 1862; his capture soon afterward; his court martial for beating up one of his sailors; and his post-war career. Delaney is an authority on Civil War naval history, and was the US Naval Institute’s Author of the Year for 2011. He taught history at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi for forty years before his retirement in 2006. Free and open to the public.

  • Oct 17 Exclusive Members-Only Glass-Making Demonstration





    4 p.m.
    Glass artist Doc Roberts will demonstrate how glass fica amulets found on La Belle and at the Fort St. Louis site were created by European artisans in the 1600s. Limited to 15 participants; advance registration required; registration opens Sept. 19.

  • Oct 21 Hands-On History: Archaeology



    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
    Color and cut your own artifact puzzle, try your hand at sorting artifacts, make a necklace using the museum’s pump drill, and try your hand at using an atlatl to throw darts on our lawn.
  • Oct 26 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE Texas Cemeteries





    5:30 p.m.
    Visiting cemeteries from every era and all regions of the state, author Bill Harvey recounts the histories of famous, infamous, and just plain interesting Texans who lie at rest in Texas cemeteries. Harvey traces his interest in Texas cemeteries to high school summers working in Fort Worth’s Mount Olivet Cemetery. An avid student of Texas history, as well as an outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and photographer, Harvey has worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin for nearly twenty years. Free and open to the public.

  • Nov 9 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE People of the Texas Gulf Coast...





    5:30 p.m.
    People of the Texas Gulf Coast: The Karankawa in History and Material Culture

    The Karankawa lived on the central coast of Texas, from Galveston to Corpus Christi, during the Late Prehistoric period until the 1800s. Amanda Lanum shares a brief history of the Karankawa people and explores Karankawa artifacts that are stored and displayed at MCB. Lanum is Educational Coordinator at the Museum of the Coastal Bend and has her Master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida. Free and open to the public.

  • Nov 22 Hands-On History: La Salle's Birthday



    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.
    Today La Salle would be 374 years-old. Stop by the museum to enjoy a piece of cake, make your own party hat, complete a special birthday scavenger hunt, make a birthday card for La Salle, and play Pin the Boat on the Mississippi.
  • Dec 7 Holiday Artisans' Market




    12 noon - 6 p.m.
    Holiday shopping at its best. MCB members receive discounts at participating vendors.

  • Dec 9 Hands-On History: St. Nicholas Day



    10am-4pm All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

    Come by the museum to create your own snowflake ornament with beads, make a custom holiday card, and learn about St. Nicholas.

  • Dec 12 Exclusive Members-First Movie Night At the Museum





    5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Watch the movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG), with a brief discussion about the Texas Antiquities Code and responsible collecting practices. Drop off option available for ages 9 and up. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag to get comfy on the floor! $5/member, $10/non-member admission includes movie, snacks and drinks. Limited to 40 participants; advance registration required; registration opens Nov. 14. MCB members only may register, with 2 guests per membership, through Dec. 5. General public may register Dec. 6 – 12.

     

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