Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

MCB Tour of “Cuero Celebrates Warhol”

Tour "Cuero Celebrates Warhol" with MCB; at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, Cuero. Wednesday, Nov. 13; Meet at CTHM at 1:30 p.m. Tour includes: - Welcome by Sharon Weber, CTHM Executive Director - Admission to “Cuero Celebrates Warhol” with commentary by Debra Chronister, VC Professor of Art - Permanent exhibit greeting by Robert Oliver, CTHM Board Chair. $5/person; FREE for the first 20 MCB members who register; Advance registration required—call 361-582-2434; Space is limited.

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 handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items from regional artisans and makers. Celebrate the holidays with MCB at the 12th Annual Holiday Artisans Market! Free admission. Complimentary refreshments. MCB members receive 10% discount at vendor booths. Backyard Bird Nerd Country Q's CW Turned Wood Crossroads Homemade Goodies Das Buehler Haus Doc Roberts Glass Grosvenor Van Dusen Jr The Glass Dude Gluten-Freedom Bakery, Victoria Texas Gulf Breeze Winery The Herb Cottage Una Mae Jones Red Yucca Farm Seditious Seraphim Shibori Girls T & L Blade Company Victoria Preservation, Inc - VPI Victoria College Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Bianchi Blacksmith Legacy

In 1885, Luigi and Maria Bianchi traveled to America from Italy with seven of their children. Paul, their second-oldest son, soon opened a downtown Victoria shop billed as “Blacksmiths, Horse-shoers, Wood-working, Wagon-making, etc.” where he was joined in the trade by several of his brothers. The third son, Joe, eventually opened his own shop, specializing in spurs, bits, and branding irons. Phil Bianchi presents recent research into his family’s enduring blacksmithing legacy in Texas. Lecture begins at 2 p.m. Join the museum for a reception immediately following the lecture to honor Phil Bianchi for the loan of a pair of Joe Bianchi’s famous “Victoria Shank” or “bottle-opener” spurs to the museum’s permanent exhibit.

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.

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. 10am - 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. Please suggest authors through the following link: https://victoriacollege.formstack.com/forms/bookfestival

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.