ITC partners with Comal ISD for a student exhibit

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Our Community: The History and Heritage of New Braunfels, Texas

ITC partners with Comal ISD for a student exhibit

(SAN ANTONIO) – New Braunfels might be overlooked on the road between San Antonio and Austin, but this Texas town has a rich history reaching back to 1845 with the founding of a German colony that brought a unique identity, culture, and heritage to the Texas Frontier.

From Nov. 11 to Feb. 12, "Our Community: The History and Heritage of New Braunfels, Texas" will show at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. A student-produced exhibit involving the entire Comal Independent School District, it uses a welcome mural, replica cattle brands, paintings in the German tradition, and illustrations of Germanic fairy tales reimagined as Texas stories to present the unique character of the New Braunfels region.

"Every year, we challenge schools to produce student exhibits," said Alex Antram, ITC educational specialist and the museum’s liaison to the school district. "This fall, we had the opportunity to draw on the talents of all the students in the Comal Independent School District, from elementary through high school. They were challenged in their classroom studies to learn more about the history and heritage of their region, and an important part of Texas history."

A glance through the student-produced materials shows important figures in New Braunfels’ history, memorable landmarks, traditions and customs, and depictions of the town’s German heritage.

"Art is a reflection of our culture," said Carla Schumann, fine arts director for Comal ISD. "I am excited our students in Comal ISD have had the opportunity to share their art and the culture of New Braunfels with all who will get to view it at the Institute of Texan Cultures."

 "Our Community: The History and Heritage of New Braunfels, Texas" remains on display through Feb. 12. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair 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 $10 for adults (12-64); $8 for seniors (ages 65+) and children (6-11); children 5 and under free; free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit



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