Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day is here again! One ticket gives free admission to 2 guests. Make paper-plate tambourines and popsicle stick harmonicas with museum staff. The Victoria Area Music Association will be on site from 10am-1pm with a maraca craft and musical performances from 11am-1pm. Tickets can be downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday    

SEADRIFT Documentary Film Screening

SEADRIFT Documentary Film Screening - Monday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St., Victoria. A limited number of free tickets are available as a benefit of MCB membership. First‐come, first‐served; call 361‐582‐2434. In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. This feature documentary examines the circumstances leading up to the shooting, its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverbate today. (68 min, not rated) A Q&A with the film’s director, Tim Tsai, and Seadrift community members will be held after the screening. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Film Society and the Welder Center.

Discover the Polish Heritage Center

Maureen “Mo” Brown was the first director of MCB, and is now working on an exciting new project to open the Polish Heritage Center in Panna Maria, TX. Join her for an enlightening discussion about the conception of the museum, what you can expect to see, and news on when it will be open to the public. This presentation is free and open to the public.

John W. Stormont lecture: Palmito Ranch

Palmito Ranch: Last Land Battle of the Civil War Jody Ginn and William McWhorter discuss their recently published book, Palmito Ranch: From Civil War Battlefield to National Historic Landmark, examining the two Civil War battles fought there, the strategic importance of the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the war, and how Palmito Ranch has largely faded from public memory. Ginn was the 2001 and 2002 winner of the Texas State Historical Association’s Fred White Jr. Research Fellowship in Texas History. He is an adjunct associate professor of history at Austin Community College and a media consultant. McWhorter is the former executive director of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Previously he served as military historian at the Texas Historical Commission. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Fall 2019 schedule: Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Lance Tahmahkera presents "Comanche Stories and Traditions" Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. Jody Ginn and William McWhorter discuss "Palmito Ranch: Last Land Battle of the Civil War" Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. Lola Norris presents "Alonso de Leon's Expeditions into Texas"

Home School Class: Prehistoric Mammals

Discover the world of Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals. Students will explore the museum's temporary exhibit, create fossil rubbings, and learn about the ancient mammals that once roamed the area we live in. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.

John W. Stormont Lecture: Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions Into Texas

Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas Presented by Dr. Lola Norris, associate professor of Spanish and translation at Texas A & M International University, Laredo In the late 17th century, General Alonso de Leon led five military expeditions from northern New Spain into what is now Texas in search of La Salle’s French colony – intruders on lands claimed by Spain. The French cannons that de Leon found, and that remained buried for 300 years in Victoria County, are the focal exhibit at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Through her archival research, Dr. Norris has identified 16 manuscript copies of de Leon’s meticulously kept expedition diaries. Her groundbreaking work provides a fresh interpretation, correcting mistranslations that have persisted in historical texts for more than a century. Norris’ book, General Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas, 1686 – 1690, is available for purchase in the museum store. A book-signing will be held immediately after the lecture. Lola Orellano Norris was born in Spain and raised in Switzerland, where she grew up in a multilingual, multicultural environment that fostered her love of languages and literature. She holds a Master’s degree in Spanish literature from Texas A&M International University and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in historical linguistics from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include Spanish Golden Age literature, translation studies, historical linguistics, Spanish peninsular literature, and Chicano literature. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Fall 2019 schedule: Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Lance Tahmahkera presents "Comanche Stories and Traditions" Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. Jody Ginn and William McWhorter discuss "Palmito Ranch: Last Land Battle of the Civil War" Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. Lola Norris presents "Alonso de Leon's Expeditions into Texas"

Hands-On History: Happy Birthday La Salle

Celebrate La Salle's Birthday. Learn why he was important to Texas history, make fun party hats, write La Salle a birthday card, and enjoy a slice of cake. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Hands-On History: Maritime Archaeology

Write underwater, learn about cofferdams, "excavate" artifacts in the museum's classroom, and discover a whole new world of archaeology. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Hands-On History: Winter Wonderland

Create fun crafts for the winter season. Make a snow globe card, create snowflakes from beads, and design stained glass mitten decorations. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Home School Class: Wonderful Weather

How do clouds form? Why does it rain? Find out these answers and more during this home school class. Students will explore the weather that occurs every day and even make a weather vane to take home. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.

Holiday Artisans Market

Shop, visit demonstrating artisans, and enjoy holiday cheer with regional artisans and makers at this annual museum event.