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Family Day, March 6: Institute of Texan Cultures salutes century of aviation

Lt. Benjamin Foulois

Lt. Benjamin Foulois

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(March 1, 2010)--A century after Lt. Benjamin Foulois took flight over the fields of Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio families can take flight with flight simulators and other offerings at the Institute of Texan Cultures for a Family Day celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 6 in the lower exhibit galleries and Back 40 outside exhibit area.

The institute's "A Salute to Military Flight," a retrospective exhibit on the birth and legacy of military flight in San Antonio, has been a major component of the city's observance of the centennial. Family Day includes two flight simulators, opportunities to meet model and remote-control airplane hobbyists, paper airplane activities and conversations with four generations of military aviators, including those from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and modern era.

"From Wright Flyers to space shuttles, so much history relied on what happened right here in San Antonio one hundred years ago," said Rhett Rushing, an ITC researcher who worked on the exhibit. "This is a story we want to share with our community and an anniversary that we should celebrate together."

Family Day activities are included in the price of admission. Military personnel can show ID to receive a free child's admission with regular adult admission. Also, the institute is offering $1 off admission with the donation of a box of powdered drink mix packages. Drink mixes will be donated to the USO.

"A Salute to Military Flight" opened in October 2009 and runs through July 4. Its components include:

  • "Military Aviation Comes of Age in San Antonio," an art exhibit from Randolph Air Force Base showcasing the first 25 years of military flight
  • "Military City U.S.A.," a console of video screens showing four short films on the establishment of military aviation and its lasting effects on San Antonio
  • "Flights of Fancy," a display of folk art airplanes, the commercial airplane art of Alexander Calder and the aerial photography of Fort Worth native Jay Miller

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The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65 +); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, or UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information and resources for multiple audiences, call (210) 458-2300 or visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is an agency of the UTSA Vice President for Community Services. The mission of the institute is to engage lifelong learners in the understanding and celebration of Texas cultural heritage. The 182,000-square-foot complex features 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
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Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
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Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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