Museum of the Coastal Bend hosting 'Hands-on History' event Nov. 22
Visitors to the Nov. 22 “Hands-on History: Early Peoples and Archaeology” can experience using an atlatl.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will hold “Hands-on History: Early Peoples and Archaeology,” an interactive and educational event for the entire family, on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Cary Voss, Victoria College speech instructor, will demonstrate fire-starting and flint-knapping. The two skills were essential to survival for South Texas inhabitants over 13,000 years ago.

Visitors to the event can practice their mammoth-hunting skills by learning how to use an atlatl, which was a tool used to throw a spear to bring the huge mammals down.

“Pleistocene people encountered animals like six-foot-long armadillos, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats, and giant predecessors to modern-day elephants,” said Sue Prudhomme, director of the museum. “Some they hunted, and some hunted them. Their way of life and tools for survival are fascinating to the people of today.”

To learn more about the museum’s programs, call (361) 582-2511.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 East Red River on the campus of Victoria College. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Friday, 18 November 2016

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