Spring Break 2014 at ITC
Pioneer Sunday and Texas Frontier Week
Spring Break at the Institute of Texan Cultures
SAN ANTONIO – Agriculture has remained a principle driver of the Texas economy, from the frontier days and into the modern era. The Institute of Texan Cultures’ Pioneer Sunday on March 9, will give museum guests the opportunity to discover the connections between historic and modern Texas Agriculture. Admission to the museum and to the event are free.
Joining the institute are the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Bexar County Master Gardeners and San Antonio Food Bank each presenting home gardening and nutrition activities that promote healthy food choices.
"Historic farming empowers modern home gardening and nutrition," said Brandon Aniol, educational specialist and supervisor of the Back 40. "Pioneer Sunday and Texas Frontier Week are opportunities for visitors to explore where their food comes from and, more importantly, how they can actively engage in the process."
Utopia Independent School District Future Farmers of America will show another aspect of early Texas agriculture, presenting an antique tractor show at Pioneer Sunday. The students’ award-winning work includes meticulous, ground-up restorations on tractors from the 1940s and 50s.
Pioneer Sunday serves as a prelude to Texas Frontier Week, March 10 through 14, with activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Included with regular admission, Texas Frontier Week provides museum guests the opportunity to explore the Back 40 outdoor living history exhibit as active participants in Texas Frontier life.
Costumed interpreters will lead activities at the five buildings of the exhibit: the 1870s Log House, the 1880s Frontier Fort, the 1890s One-Room Schoolhouse, the 1900s Hill Country Barn, and the 1910s Adobe House. The Texas Time Travelers living history association will interpret historical trades and activities, including quilting, broom-making, Dutch-oven cooking, and more.
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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