Community invited to try out tools from the past at Hands-On History event
Hands-On History

Community members can head to the Museum of the Coastal Bend for Hands-On History Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to try out some tools from the past.

“Here’s your chance to be a gun captain, or even better, a powder monkey,” said Isabel Van Dyke, the museum’s curator of education. “Those are both jobs on an artillery crew. Together we’ll load our replica cannon and see what each person has to do to make a cannon fire properly. But of course, we can’t blow up the museum, or I’d get fired!”

Museum visitors can also make the life-sized outline of an explorer’s ship, use an atlatl – an ancient hunting tool – to throw spears, or try roping a plastic cow.

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

To learn more about museum programs, contact Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or email For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 05 November 2015

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