Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

Public Opening: Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals

Dinosaurs weren’t the only creatures living on Earth millions of years ago. Mammals were here too! Mammals first appeared over 200 million years ago, sharing the earth for many years with herds of huge plant-eating dinosaurs. After the extinction of the dinosaurs, mammals became the dominant life form of the next era. Some mammals evolved to become the giants of the land, and some developed wacky features compared to their modern descendants. Learn about these prehistoric mammals at the Museum of the Coastal Bend’s new temporary exhibit Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals! Discover the ancient mammals lifestyles, their curious adaptations, and their interaction with early peoples, through interactive activities, informative exhibits, and interpretations of fossil evidence.

Hands-On History: Mammal Madness

Come and check out the museum's new temporary exhibit: Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals, and participate in some hands-on activities. Try to create your own prehistoric mammal and throw darts on the front lawn using an atlatl. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Home School Class: Prehistoric Mammals

Students will have a chance to discover prehistoric mammals that would have roamed this region of Texas. Determine the length of certain mammal legs, try to match the mammals, and create rubbings to take home. Registration required. $10 per student ($8 for museum members) and parents/guardians are free. Deadline for registration is the Saturday before the class, no drop-offs please. registrationforhomeschoolclasses

Preserve Your Treasures: Documents Workshop

In this workshop, particiapnts will work one-on-one with MCB's Exhibits and Collections Manager, Elizabeth Neucere, to learn how best to care for their documents. Participants are to bring no more than 10 letter sized (8.5 x 11") documents or 5 broadsheet (29.5 x 23") documents (for a total of ten documents) for Neucere to create custom archival sleeves. Advance registration is required by February 27, 2019 and the workshop is limited to 10 people. This event is FREE for museum members and $15 for the public. To register, print the below registration form and return to the MCB: http://www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/museumcoastal/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/documentsregistrationform.pdf

John W. Stormont Lecture: Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals

Matthew Weiler is a Geology Instructor at Victoria College and loaned his expertise in curation of the museum’s newest exhibit, Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals. Weiler discusses prehistoric mammals in Texas, paleontological discoveries throughout the U.S., and the evolution of mammals as the dominant life form after the extinction of dinosaurs. 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: Toys of the Past

This Spring Break bring the family to the museum for three days of hands-on fun! Wednesday, March 13th--Make corn husk dolls Thursday, March 14th--Create beautiful pinwheels and your own Ball-And-Cup game Friday, March 15th--Make silly whirligigs and thaumatropes All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Hands-On History: Toys of the Past

This Spring Break bring the family to the museum for three days of hands-on fun! Wednesday, March 13th--Make corn husk dolls Thursday, March 14th--Create beautiful pinwheels and your own Ball-And-Cup game Friday, March 15th--Make silly whirligigs and thaumatropes All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Hands-On History: Toys of the Past

This Spring Break bring the family to the museum for three days of hands-on fun! Wednesday, March 13th--Make corn husk dolls Thursday, March 14th--Create beautiful pinwheels and your own Ball-And-Cup game Friday, March 15th--Make silly whirligigs and thaumatropes All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

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.