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  • Aug 31 Exclusive Members-Only Exhibit Sneak Peak

    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    Get an up-close visit with three never-before-exhibited artifacts from La Belle, and discover more about the museum’s new exhibit Sunken History in this discussion with exhibit curator, Elizabeth Neucere. A French-style breakfast of croissants and coffee will be provided. Members only; limited to 15 participants; advance registration required; call 361-582-2434 by 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 to register.

  • Sept. 7 SUNKEN HISTORY Members Preview Reception

    Members' Preview Reception
    Thursday, Sept. 7
    Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer
    Membership information

  • Sept 7 JOHN W. STORMONT LECTURE Beyond the Books -- The 1554 and La Belle Shipwreck Collections

    6:00 p.m.

    Through publications archaeologists present the results of their research to the public in a manner that often seems to neatly wrap up the excavations. The reality is that these books are often just the end of the beginning of the story, as archaeological collections create long term resources for research and public interpretation. Recent research and exhibitions of two of the Texas Historical Commission’s most significant shipwreck collections, La Salle’s lost ship La Belle and the 1554 Spanish shipwrecks, continue to expand the story of these two archaeological sites. This talk will consider the important role of both the collections and the institutions that curate and display them, and present the recent archaeological and public interpretation projects that are moving these collections far beyond the books that introduced them to the world. 

    Brad Jones, Collections Manager and Curatorial Facilities Certification Program Coordinator with the Texas Historical Commission, is an archaeologist, and editor and author of the La Belle technical publication. Free and open to the public.

  • Sept 9 Hands-On History: Shipwrecks

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want-admission.
    Visit MCB's new temporary exhibit, Sunken History: Shipwrecks of the Gulf, and participate in hands-on activities for children and families. Try to write underwater, make an origami boat, and create your own navigational tool!
  • Sept 19 Exclusive Members-First Bullock Texas State History Museum Tour

    Join us for a special tour of the Bullock Texas State History Museum arranged exclusively for MCB with Franck Cordes, TSHM Curator.

    $50/member, $60/non-member includes bus ride, snacks on the bus, TSHM general admission and guided tour of the exhibit, La Belle: The Ship That Changed History. Lunch is on your own.

    Only MCB members may register, with 2 guests per membership, through Thursday, Aug. 24. General public may register beginning Aug. 25.

    Purchase tickets online or call 361-582-2434. Online service fees apply.

    Tour departs from Victoria at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Space is limited. Meet and park at the old Town Plaza Mall parking lot (Airline entrance), courtesy of UHV.

    A minimum number of 35 participants must register by Aug. 31 for this event to be held. Transportation will be provided on a 49-passenger, restroom-equipped motor coach.

    Questions? Call 361-582-2511.


  • 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 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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