Honoring Texas Military Members Student Exhibit

Honoring Texas Military Members

Brandeis High School prepares exhibit for Institute of Texan Cultures

 
SAN ANTONIO – For generations, Texans have brought honor upon their country, their state, and themselves, with acts of gallantry and valor on the battlefield; and acts of integrity and humanity at home.

These are the stories Brandeis High School’s 11th grade AP U. S. History class have gathered and presented in "Honoring Texas Military Members," opening Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. The students’ body of work encompasses up to 35 shadow boxes and 10 oral histories commemorating Texas service members.
 
"Every semester, we look for a partner in the community," said Christian Clark, Senior Program Coordinator at ITC. "We challenge a group of students to take a closer look at Texas and Texans. As the museum prepared its new World War II exhibit, we wanted to give students the opportunity to tell the stories of Texas heroes."
 
The students used images, artifacts, citations and accounts from oral histories to record the stories of veterans both living and deceased. While they include service members who were awarded for conspicuous acts of gallantry, some students chose to honor family members and friends who have touched their lives.
 
"Our goal for our students," said Cynthia Lemanski, AP/Dual Credit U.S. History teacher at Brandeis High School, "was that, by doing the research and building the shadow boxes about both the famous and the not-so-famous Texas Veterans, it would help them make the concept of Honor a concrete idea in their own lives. In turn, we hope all who visit the museum and view these projects will take away a new understanding of the role our Texas veterans have played in our history."
 
"Honoring Texas Military Members" is on display November 11 – February 28. It is presented in conjunction with the Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit, "Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II," which opened Sept. 2, the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, and runs through 2016.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
 
 

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