Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

CLOSED for Winter Break

MCB is closed Dec. 15, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020. Regular hours resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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.

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.