Spring Break 2016

Buffalo Soldiers, Invisible Diamonds, Frontier Week

Spring Break filled with hands-on family activities and great stories at ITC
SAN ANTONIO – This spring break, March 13 to 18, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has a lineup of fantastic activities and special programs planned,

Buffalo Soldier Day takes place March 13, the museum’s Free Second Sunday, at the Back 40 outdoor educational area. The day features living historians recreating the 1870s atmosphere when the African-American Buffalo Soldier cavalrymen served in Texas. Buffalo Soldiers are credited with mapping out much of the Texas Frontier. They built telegraph lines, protected mail routes and kept the peace with Indian tribes. Buffalo Soldier guides will challenge visitors to pack supplies for a week on the range, use a map and compass, take part in military ceremonies, such as honoring the flag, and participate in a range of hands-on activities.

During Buffalo Soldier Day, visitors can catch three special presentations on the history of baseball in the African-American community. "Invisible Diamonds," also on Free Second Sunday, presents speakers at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Former players from the segregated Negro Leagues of the 1930s to 1960s will attend, bringing with them jerseys, scrapbooks, photos and other ephemera from their days in the league.

The following day, Monday, March 14, kicks off a week of activities on the Back 40 for the annual Texas Frontier Week. The buildings of the Back 40 are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, March 18, featuring activities around a different building each day.

• Life as a Pioneer – Monday, centered on the Log House. See what life was like for European and American immigrants to Texas. Featuring native flower-making crafts. 
• Texas Faming – Tuesday, centered on the Barn and Windmill, featuring gardening activities and the life of the Texas farmer.
• West Texas Adobe – Wednesday, centered on the Adobe house, featuring flower crafts and exploring the everyday lives of Tejano families over time.
• Life of a Frontier Soldier – Thursday, centered on the Fort, featuring soldiering and marching activities to learn about the lives of soldiers and their families. Make your own regimental flag activity.
• Gone To Texas! – Friday, centered on the log house, featuring homemade crafts and activities that bring to light what life was like for European and American immigrants.

"We’ve put together a great set of programs to keep families entertained all Spring Break," said educator Lynn Yakubik. "There are opportunities to delve into life on the Texas Frontier, to look at life in the military, and to experience the solidarity of the baseball field with stories of how sports could unite a community. This is our Texas heritage and we’re proud to be sharing it with a new generation."

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 $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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