Museum of the Coastal Bend hosts Volunteering Open House

Are you interested in history? Do you enjoy sharing stories of past lives and events? If the answer is “yes,” you are invited to attend the Museum of the Coastal Bend’s Volunteering Open House, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

The open house is an opportunity to discover what volunteering at the museum is all about. Attendees are invited to check out a selection of hands-on activities as well as the permanent exhibit, Where Texas History Began.

Potential volunteers will learn about the museum’s stories, how school field trips work and what kind of public programs are offered. Volunteers are especially needed for space exploration-themed school field trips. Ongoing activities such as designing a model lunar lander, drawing a life-sized ship outline, and throwing spears with atlatls will give participants a taste of the interactive learning promoted at the museum. Light refreshments will be served.

“Part of the museum’s mission is to educate using the history and heritage of the region, and volunteers are vital to that goal,” said Isabel Van Dyke, museum curator of education & public programs. “We need education volunteers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, learn new things and help the museum deliver programs that reach people of all ages from Victoria and the surrounding counties.”

The museum is located on VC’s Main Campus, 2200 E. Red River St., in Victoria.

For more information, contact Isabel Van Dyke, curator of education & public programs, at (361) 582-2559 or email

Photo caption: Sloan, and her mother, Noel Turner, examine a navigational tool called a nocturnal, used to tell time by the stars. A nocturnal was found on the remains of French explorer La Salle’s ship La Belle, excavated in Matagorda Bay the early 2000s. Museum volunteers will learn about the nocturnal and be able to demonstrate it to school groups and museum visitors.

Published: Friday, 16 January 2015

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