Museum offers hands-on Texas pioneer activities

The challenges facing early 19th century Texas pioneers will be featured in hands-on activities Saturday, April 25 as part of “Colonization Live!” at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

Hands-on activities will include:

  • Pack your wagon by making choices about which supplies to take in a limited space
  • Consider natural resources while claiming your plot of land
  • Race against time to plant and harvest crops
  • Learn about cholera and see if you can stay safe during an epidemic

“The wave of settlers who came to Texas in the 1820s and 1830s faced lots of hurdles,” said Isabel Van Dyke, the museum’s curator of education. “I wanted to take those real-life challenges and turn them into games so that museum visitors could have a fun way of experiencing what earlier generations went through.”

To learn more about “Colonization Live!” and other programs, contact Isabel Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 16 April 2015

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