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Institute of Texan Cultures to celebrate 'Frontier Fourth'

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 29, 2007)--Celebrate a "Frontier Fourth of July" on the Back 40 at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 4. At the special event, ITC's Texas Characters will share amazing stories of life on the Texas frontier in the 1800s.

The Back 40 living history exhibit offers a glimpse into the early days of Texas. Visit the five period buildings: the old barn, the frontier fort, the one-room schoolhouse, the dog trot log cabin and the adobe house. Participate in crafts and activities such as making rag dolls and spurs, playing schoolyard games such as tug-of-war and sack races, or enlisting with the Buffalo Soldiers and marching in formation.

Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and eat underneath one of the shady trees while they listen to the tunes of a brass band. Boy Scout Troop 36 will lead a solemn flag retirement ceremony in which worn and damaged U.S. flags are cut into their component cloth strips, then respectfully burned to a salute and the playing of taps.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children, seniors and military with ID. For more information, visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site or call (210) 458-2330.

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