Texas Frontiers Week

Texas Frontiers Week

Spring Break at the Institute of Texan Cultures

 
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Frontier wasn’t just a single time or place in history. It was a process that shaped the people of our state as they transformed the land with their hard work and new ideas. From March 9 to 13, the Back 40 the Institute of Texan Cultures will showcase five types of pioneer with its Spring Break program, "Texas Frontiers Week."
 
The week’s activities revolve around the reproduction historic structures at the museum’s outdoor education area, each representing a different time, place and aspect of life in Texas history.
 
"Many peoples from different backgrounds pushed Texas forward," said Nicholas Baugh, museum educator and coordinator for Texas Frontiers Week. "They explored geographical, technological, economic and philosophical frontiers. That’s how these pioneers changed Texas and the world."
 
Texas Frontiers Week features outside activities and crafts that will help students and families explore the cultures, concepts and hard work it took to make Texas what it is today. Activities for each day revolve around a different building:
 
  • "Maverick Monday" – tackles Cowboy and ranching work in the cattle drive era
  • "Tejano Tuesday" – traces everyday lives of Tejano families in West Texas
  •  "Western Expansion Wednesday" – probes the lives of soldiers and their families after the Civil War
  •  "Thirsty for Change Thursday" – looks at advances in education and technology
  •  "Fresh Start Friday" – discovers the lifestyle of 1850s immigrants to Texas
 
"Each day represents a new type of frontier," said Baugh. "Some are geographic places and some are new technologies or new ideas. Texas history shows us how we got to where we are now."
 
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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