VC’s Museum of the Coastal Bend invites community to Thanksgiving-week events

Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend will host a series of engaging and educational events that celebrate history and culture the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

The museum will hold an Atlatl Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Participants can compete in distance and accuracy competitions and win prizes from local merchants. Participation is free, and all supplies are provided. The first 100 competitors and volunteers for the Atlatl Turkey Shoot will receive a free t-shirt. Competitors must be age 12 and up, and anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian present to compete.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m., Dr. Heather Para, Exhibits & Collections Manager, will lead a Native American Heritage Tour in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of indigenous Texas inhabitants by touring the museum exhibits and examining artifacts pulled from the museum vault especially for this tour. Admission is free and open to the public.

The museum will celebrate René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, a French explorer who claimed the Mississippi River Valley for France, with a fête d'anniversaire (birthday party) on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Hands-on History event will include activities and refreshments reminiscent of 17th-century French celebrations. The event is appropriate for both children and adults. Admission is free. Advanced registration is not required, but space is limited.

For more information or to register for Wednesday’s event, visit or call Claudia Moseley at (361) 582-2559.