(March 4, 2011)--For a spring break closer to home, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will offer an excellent opportunity for family fun, entertainment and discovery on the 1800s Texas frontier. From March 14 to March 18, the museum will host "Spring Break on the Back 40/Walking with Texans: On the Pioneer Trail" -- programming to experience early Texas by getting hands-on with the tools and trades of the era.
"Spring Break on the Back 40" features five replica frontier structures: a barn, a fort, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin and an adobe house. The museum's docents serve as guides who lead visitors through activities commonly associated with the frontier buildings such as daily chores, vegetable gardening and homemade crafts at the log cabin; or map reading, bugle calls and flag etiquette at the fort.
This year, the Back 40 program with be supplemented with a more in-depth educational opportunity, "Walking with Texans: On the Pioneer Trail." The structured activity for grades K-6 features expert instructors who guide participants as they plant seeds, milk a cow, churn butter, make adobe brick, cook tortillas, learn how to march, and help prepare a typical buffalo soldier meal using a Dutch oven.
"Walking with Texans" is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The classes are limited to 20 pre-registered participants each. Registration is $15 per session, $13 for museum members (with a $10 discount if enrolled for the entire week). Registration includes regular admission to the museum.
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. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Regular admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification.
For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is a forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans through research, collections, exhibits and programs. The museum strives to become the nation's premier institution of contemporary cultural and ethnic studies focusing on Texans and the diverse cultural communities that make Texas what it is.
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