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PUBLIC NOTICE Regarding the NEH Sec 106 Review…

PUBLIC NOTICE Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of Victoria County Junior College District’s Museum of the Coastal Bend: Maximizing Engagement of Underserved Populations CHA-268761 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Victoria County Junior College District a grant to design and construct an expansion to the Museum of the Coastal Bend (MCB) that will house a new permanent exhibit and event space for ongoing humanities programming offered by the College. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470. NEH, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties. If any proposed action will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties. In its grant application, the Victoria County Junior College District, proposes to expand the MCB, a 61-year-old building located at 2200 E. Red River Street, Victoria, TX, 77901. The expansion will add a 3,600 square-foot addition. The addition will attach to the eastside, one-story wing of the existing building with an opening created in the outer wall so the spaces connect seamlessly. The construction of the addition will involve excavation, slab pouring, and construction of walls and roof. In correspondence dated August 30, 2019, and May 7, 2020, the Texas State Historic Preservation Officer, Mark Wolfe advised that the proposed undertaking will have no adverse effects to above ground resources and that there are no archeological resources. If buried cultural materials are encountered during construction or disturbance activities, work should cease in the immediate area; work can continue where no cultural materials are present. The Victoria County Junior College District will contact the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeology Division to consult on further actions that may be necessary to protect the cultural remains. The Victoria County Junior College District will also submit a final Phase I archeological survey report with shapefiles showing the area where the archeological work was conducted. NEH has determined that the project will have “No Adverse Effect” pursuant to 36 CFR 800.5. If there are any significant changes in scope or unanticipated effects on the property subsequent to completion of the Section 106 review, the Victoria County Junior College District shall stop work on the project and will immediately notify the NEH Federal Preservation Officer, in accordance with 36 CFR § 800.13(b). As required by Section 106, NEH is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties. Comments may be submitted to the NEH by e-mail to FPO@neh.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is June 9, 2020.

Family Discovery Day: CSI Victoria

Discover the field of forensics. Learn to extract DNA from strawberries, take your own fingerprints, and find out how archaeologists gather information from skeletons. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

History Explorers Camp

Camp from home this year! MCB is offering at-home summer camp kits for Beginner Scientist, Archaeology 101, and History Explorers. Children will learn and have fun while completing the activities at home with pre-packaged supplies that we provide, and common household supplies. All kits include detailed instructions and information on how to access video guides on YouTube. The activities in Beginner Scientist (recommended K-3) will need adult supervision. Most activities in the Archaeology 101 and History Explorers kits (recommended 4th-7th grade) require only minimal adult supervision. Kits must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at the museum between 10am and 4pm on the camp’s designated day. For questions or to reserve a kit contact our Education Coordinator at (361) 582-2559 or Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu Pre-order forms can be downloaded here.

Beginner Scientist Camp

Camp from home this year! MCB is offering at-home summer camp kits for Beginner Scientist, Archaeology 101, and History Explorers. Children will learn and have fun while completing the activities at home with pre-packaged supplies that we provide, and common household supplies. All kits include detailed instructions and information on how to access video guides on YouTube. The activities in Beginner Scientist (recommended K-3) will need adult supervision. Most activities in the Archaeology 101 and History Explorers kits (recommended 4th-7th grade) require only minimal adult supervision. Kits must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at the museum between 10am and 4pm on the camp’s designated day. For questions or to reserve a kit contact our Education Coordinator at (361) 582-2559 or Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu Pre-order forms can be downloaded here.

Archaeology 101

Camp from home this year! MCB is offering at-home summer camp kits for Beginner Scientist, Archaeology 101, and History Explorers. Children will learn and have fun while completing the activities at home with pre-packaged supplies that we provide, and common household supplies. All kits include detailed instructions and information on how to access video guides on YouTube. The activities in Beginner Scientist (recommended K-3) will need adult supervision. Most activities in the Archaeology 101 and History Explorers kits (recommended 4th-7th grade) require only minimal adult supervision. Kits must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at the museum between 10am and 4pm on the camp’s designated day. For questions or to reserve a kit contact our Education Coordinator at (361) 582-2559 or Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu Pre-order forms can be downloaded here.

Family Discovery Day: Wonderful Weather

Learn about the wonders of weather with hands-on activities. Create a tornado in a bottle and a cloud in a jar, and make an anemometer to take home. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Family Discovery Day: Fun Science

Participants can make marshmallow catapults, create butterflies with coffee filters and markers, and engineer paper airplanes. Coke and Mentos volcanoes will erupt at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the front lawn. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.