Second night in the three-part series to be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, 2013

The Museum of South Texas History continues Summer Nights at the Museum at 6:30 p.m. on July 11 when the adventure leads to the River Highway section of their signature exhibition, Rio Grande Legacy. During the second night of the three-part series, the spotlight will shine on 19th century history and include the puppet show “A Place Called Home,” an adventure game for children, historical figures “come to life,” a variety of activities for “kids” of all ages and conclude with a prize for the winning game card – buttery show treat included.

Nighttime at the Museum

Nighttime at the Museum

The second Summer Night will kick off promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a puppet show that is tied to 19th century South Texas and Northeastern Mexico history. Adventurers will want to ensure they arrive early to get their seats before show time. Following the puppet show, children will receive a game card to begin playing FIND ME IF YOU CAN, a quest to find the artifacts and images that inspired the puppet characters Fulton the Steamboat, Tex Hardy the Longhorn Cow, Chuck the Chuck Wagon and newcomer Ginny the Cotton Gin. Events highlighted will include the Mexican-American War and the region’s heyday first as a steamboat route and then as a cattle kingdom. Once completed, the game card can be entered into a drawing for a prize to be awarded at the end of the night.

While children are on their quest, the museum will come to life. Guests will walk into a Mexican War Camp, be introduced to a steamboat captain and enjoy the music of a roving fiddler, all talking about and demonstrating their everyday life. Hands-on activities will include Match the Map, Leña Fence Building, Quilt Block Design, Round’em Up, Rolling on the River, Chuck Wagon Packin’ and more. Venture outside and try your hand at steer roping or get in on the horse racing – stick horse racing, that is. Remember to mark August 8 on your calendar when the Summer Nights at the Museum adventure heads to the River Crossroads and all game card entries are up for the grand prize.

Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes excluded: $7 adults (ages 18 ); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62 ), students with ID (ages 13 ); $4 children ages 4 to 12; free, children ages 3 and under. As a participating museum in Blue Star Museums, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission to the Summer Nights at the Museum event series. Purchase a FRIENDship and not only receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store but also attend the third Summer Nights at the Museum — and more — for FREE. This July 11, enjoy a new puppet show, complimentary popcorn, FIND ME IF YOU CAN children’s game, hands-on activities, costumed historical characters, shopping at the Museum Store … and more!

Museum of South Texas History
Lisa K. Loebl