Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

John W. Stormont lecture: Truly Texas Mexican

Truly Texas Mexican illuminates the role that cuisine plays in identity and community. Author Adán Medrano has compiled 100 recipes highlighting the history of Mexican food in Texas, and the traditions in which this culinary heritage is grounded. Chef Medrano begins with the indigenous people who first arrived in Texas over 10,000 years ago, and enriches the story of Texas Mexican food with personal stories about his own heritage growing up in San Antonio. His books are available for purchase from the museum store and a book-signing will take place immediately following the lecture. See detailed bio below. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Spring 2019 schedule: Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Matt Weiler presents "Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals" Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m. Chef & author Adan Medrano presents "Truly Texas Mexican" Apr. 2, 7:00 p.m. Jim Lehrer: All Aboard! Apr. 18, 5:30 p.m. Stormont Book Club: Committee members discuss "Empire of the Summer Moon" Adán Medrano is a chef and food writer specializing in the indigenous foods of Texas and the Americas. His book, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes,” is published by Texas Tech University Press and received the “Finalist, Book Of The Year” award from Foreword Reviews. His upcoming book, “The Art Of Texas Mexican Cooking,” will be released in May, 2019. He spent 23 years travelling and working throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia where he came to recognize the importance of food in relation to identity and community. He returned to the US in 2010 to focus his attention on the culinary traditions of the Mexican American community of Texas and the indigenous cooking of the Americas. His professional work in restaurant kitchens includes fine dining at “Restaurant Ten Bogaerde” in Belgium, and volunteering as the Chef of Houston’s Casa Juan Diego, a shelter for homeless families. Medrano is also an award-winning filmmaker and holds a Master of Arts degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1976 he founded the San Antonio CineFestival, the first and now longest-running Latino film festival in the USA. He continues producing media with a focus on food. He has lectured about food & culture at academic institutions, including the Harvard University Coop and Northeastern University. He has showcased his recipes at Brennan’s restaurant in Houston; the Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston; at “Nao,” the CIA restaurant in San Antonio; and the American Book Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

John W. Stormont Event: Jim Lehrer – All Aboard!

Jim Lehrer is a renowned American journalist and novelist, and 1954 graduate of Victoria College. In this presentation at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, Lehrer reminisces about his time at Victoria College where he served as editor of the school newspaper, "The Jolly Roger," while working in the bus depot as a ticket agent at night. The beloved anchor for 36 years of PBS NewsHour, a frequent moderator of presidential elections, and a respected author with over 20 books to his name, Lehrer still remembers the people who helped him along his journey, particularly VC Dean, Dr. John W. Stormont. The John W. Stormont Series is free and open to the public. Spring 2019 schedule: Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Matt Weiler presents "Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals" Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m. Chef & author Adan Medrano presents "Truly Texas Mexican" Apr. 2, 7:00 p.m. Jim Lehrer: All Aboard! Apr. 18, 5:30 p.m. Stormont Book Club: Committee members discuss "Empire of the Summer Moon"

Home School Class: Eyes and Ears

Learn how your eyes and ears work by participating in fun science experiments including traveling sound and eye tricks. Registration required. $10 per student ($8 for museum members), parents/guardians are free. Registration deadline is the Saturday before class, no drop-offs please. registrationforhomeschoolclasses

Stormont Book Club Discussion: Empire of the Summer Moon

Join the Stormont Committee for a discussion of this stunningly vivid historical account of the 40-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West. "Empire of the Summer Moon" was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction, and is available for purchase in the museum store. Participants will enjoy the discussion regardless of whether they’ve read the book or not. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Spring 2019 schedule: Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Matt Weiler presents "Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals" Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m. Chef & author Adan Medrano presents "Truly Texas Mexican" Apr. 2, 7:00 p.m. Jim Lehrer: All Aboard! Apr. 18, 5:30 p.m. Stormont Book Club: Committee members discuss "Empire of the Summer Moon"

Hands-On History: It’s About Time

Come by the museum to create your own sand-timer and sundial, and learn about how people kept time throughout history. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Hands-On History: Victorian Cards

Use lace, beads, Victorian pictures, and more to create Victorian style Mother's and Father's Day cards at the museum! While you're creating, learn a little about Victorian traditions. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.