Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

John W. Stormont Lecture: The Texas Freedom Colonies Project

Andrea Roberts, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, an Associate Director of the Center for Housing & Urban Development, & Fellow at the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University. She will discuss The Texas Freedom Colonies Project, a research & social justice initiative documenting African American's placemaking history, which she founded in 2014. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free admission and open to the public.

Home School Class: Victorian Valentine’s Day

This class is designed for home school students grades 3-7. Students will create their own Victorian style valentine, learn about Victorian traditions, and discover the origins of Valentine's Day. 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. For more information or to register, call (361) 582-2559 or email amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.

John W. Stormont Lecture: Burnt Clay–Insights Into Texas’ Prehistoric People

Burnt clay is one of the more common prehistoric artifacts found along the coast and in south Texas. Frederick discusses two recent investigations of sites with burnt clay – one site with an unusual cooking feature, and another with a prehistoric pit house and an individual that appears to have met an untimely end. Discover how these investigations have led to new thoughts about Texas’ prehistoric people. Charles Frederick, Ph.D., is a research Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas, Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, and a consulting geoarcheologist. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free admission and open to the public. The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception for lecture attendees and participants in the Texas Archaeology Society Geoarchaeology Academy.

TAS Geoarcheology Academy

The Texas Archeological Society's 2020 Geoarcheology Academy is a two-day event that explores how geological and soil formation processes affect archeological sites, and how investigators use this information to reconstruct the human and natural histories of an area. The Academy will be held at Victoria College on Feb. 15 & 16, 2020, and is hosted in part by the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Space is limited; advance registration and fee required.

Victoria TX Book Festival

Meet authors, listen to presentations, enjoy readings and get your books signed by the authors at this first annual community-wide event organized by the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Activities hosted by MCB, Texian Books, UHV School of Arts and Sciences, Victoria College Library, Victoria Public Library. Friday, Mar. 6: Presentation at UHV Saturday, Mar. 7: 9am - 2:30pm Readings, book-signings, meet the authors 2:30pm Keynote presentation: John W. Stormont Lecture: The La Belle Project by Dr. James Bruseth 4 - 5:30pm Festival ending reception, Museum of the Coastal Bend

Victoria TX Book Festival

Meet authors, listen to presentations, enjoy readings and get your books signed by the authors at this inaugural community-wide event organized by the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Activities will take place at MCB, Texian Books, UHV School of Arts & Science, Victoria College Library, Victoria Public Library. Friday, Mar. 6: Presentation at UHV. Saturday, Mar. 7: 9am - 2:30pm Readings, book-signings, meet the authors; 2:30pm Keynote presentation: The La Belle Project by Dr. James Bruseth; 4 - 5:30pm Festival ending reception at MCB.

John W. Stormont Lecture: The La Belle Project

Join MCB as we celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the discovery of the wreck of La Belle in Matagorda Bay. The archaeological investigations of the shipwreck and the French colony, Fort St. Louis, led to the founding of the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Professional archaeologist James Bruseth leads us through an exciting array of discoveries, excavations, investigations, and publications, in this keynote presentation for the 1st Annual Victoria TX Book Festival.

Family Discovery Day: Art Around the World

Join the museum for three days of activities during Spring Break! Wednesday, March 18: Create a mosaic with foam shapes and try your hand at origami. Thursday, March 19: Make some tissue paper stained glass, wind socks, and rain sticks. Friday, March 20: Try creating a dot painting, a totem pole, and paper lanterns. Each day will include information about each activity's country of origin! All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Family Discovery Day: Art Around the World

Join the museum for three days of activities during Spring Break! Wednesday, March 18: Create a mosaic with foam shapes and try your hand at origami. Thursday, March 19: Make some tissue paper stained glass, wind socks, and rain sticks. Friday, March 20: Try creating a dot painting, a totem pole, and paper lanterns. Each day will include information about each activity's country of origin! All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Family Discovery Day: Art Around the World

Join the museum for three days of activities during Spring Break! Wednesday, March 18: Create a mosaic with foam shapes and try your hand at origami. Thursday, March 19: Make some tissue paper stained glass, wind socks, and rain sticks. Friday, March 20: Try creating a dot painting, a totem pole, and paper lanterns. Each day will include information about each activity's country of origin! All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Home School Class: Early Peoples of Texas

This class is designed for home school students grades 3-7. Students will learn about the early peoples of Texas. They will also participate in multiple hands-on activities, including pump drills, making cordage, and creating an atlatl from household supplies. 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. For more information or to register, call (361) 582-2559 or email amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.

Spring Market

Shop for one-of-a-kind Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation and spring gardening gifts at the museum's Spring Market, now in its 13th year! This spring will see even more vendors, with a focus on food and beverage in addition to returning jewelry, wood, metal, and fabric artisans!