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George Washington reenactor
George Washington reenactor Carl Closs

ITC's 4th of July celebration blends history, family fun

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 29, 2006)--Celebrate U.S. independence and the birth of our nation with historical representations of founding fathers and family-fun daytime activities. The patriotic-themed activities begin at 10 a.m. and go until 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 on the Back 40 of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie St. in downtown San Antonio.

Visitors can pay tribute to our country's 230-year history by carrying a U.S. flag and marching in a noon parade around the museum grounds. Children can break a candy-filled piñata and make tricorner hats, old-fashioned ice cream and pinwheels. Then everyone can relax and enjoy the music of a brass band and a puppet show.

"Participation is the key to this event." said Bonny Johnston, director of programs at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures. "Too often families attend an event and are passively entertained by others. We will afford our guests a chance to participate in this fun with the many activities offered."

Carl Closs, a retired educator and businessman from Pennsylvania, will interpret the character of George Washington, and Bruce Hoff, a project coordinator at the museum, will play the role of Stephen F. Austin. Both reenactors will interact with the audience, deliver monologues and have conversations through time. This programming has been made possible through the generosity of Humanities Texas, a nonprofit organization that supports research, education and public programs related to the humanities.

"Popping firecrackers and cooking out during the holiday is fun, but hearing 'in-person' conversations of two men important in the formation of our state and nation is a very special experience," Johnston added.

Buffalo Soldier interpreters also will answer questions about their important role in history.

Admission to the Traditional 4th of July Celebration is $3 per person. Museum admission is separate. UTSA students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid UTSACard.

For more information, visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site or call (210) 458-2330.

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