Texas Archeology Month 2018 Calendar of Events

Texas Archeology Month (TAM) promotes the appreciation of scientific archeology, prehistory, American Indian cultures, and the stewardship of Texas’ irreplaceable archeological resources. No matter where you are in Texas, a community near you is hosting an archeology fair in October.

Check out the map and event listings below for archeology events around the state, as well as heritage and frontier festivals, which often include archeology activities.

This calendar was coordinated by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in association with the Texas Archeological Society, the Council of Texas Archeologists, County Historical Commissions, and the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network. It contains the most up-to-date information available to us. To verify information, contact organizers listed for each event. If you would like to announce an event or update an existing calendar entry, contact the THC’s Archeology Division at 512.463.5915 or archeology@thc.texas.gov.

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ALBANY, Shackelford Co. Saturdays in Oct. • Horns and Tales Longhorn Program at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
See part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. Learn about Texas Longhorn cattle and experience a living part of Texas history.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free with admission.  Saturday 2-2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center and Fort Area, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy 283.  Information: 325-762-3592, ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov.

Oct. 12 and 13 • Living History Days at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
The past will come to life at Fort Griffin State Historic Site on October 12-13, 2018, as living historians from all over gather to portray life at the fort and nearby Wild West town as it was in the 1870s.  Activities and interpretations will include: military interpretations from various time periods with artillery, infantry, and cavalry demonstration, blacksmithing, gun fights, Drummer Boy ice cream, 1800s children’s games, period music by Time Was..., Native American culture and dancing, Texas longhorns, the Texas Camel Corps, and frontier living.  Many different time periods will be represented, for a fantastic cross section of US military history spanning over 100 years! Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Visitors Center and Fort Area, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy 283.  Information: 325-762-3592, ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov

Oct. 12 • Education Day at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Education day for area schools will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018. If you are a teacher, home school parent, or school administrator wishing to have your students attend our 2017 program, please contact Eric Abercrombie by email or phone, 325-762-3592.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Visitors Center and Fort Area, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy 283.  Information: 325-762-3592, ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov

Oct. 20 • Campfire Tales at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when you hear that wild and hairy story that seems totally unbelievable...think again...because all legends, however unlikely, are based in truth!!  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free with admission.  Saturday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the campgrounds, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy 283.  Information: 325-762-3592, ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov.

 

ALIBATES FLINT QUARRIES NATIONAL MONUMENT, Potter Co.
Sept. 29 • Flintfest
Expert flintknappers from the local surrounding communities will be on hand to demonstrate the lost art of stone knapping or flint knapping by demonstrating the making of arrowheads, spear points, scrapers and knife blades as the ancient people did thousands of years ago. Demonstrations on-going throughout the day.  Free.  All day event at the Alibates Visitor Center, 37084 Alibates Rd.  Information: 806-857-6680; https://www.nps.gov/alfl/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=D3D7C696-1DD8-B71B-0BB1DE7A717C2FEC.

Saturdays in October • Antelope Creek Village Site Tours
Join a Ranger and visit the Antelope Creek Village ruins and petroglyphs, at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Learn about the culture, the unique architecture of the village, and take a walk to view the petroglyphs. Tours available every Saturday during October (Texas Archeology Month). Site is associated with the Plains Village culture in the Canadian River Valley from the 12th-16th centuries A.D. Meet at the Alibates Visitor Center to caravan to the trailhead.  Free with reservations.  Antelope Creek Village Site tours goes from 8:30 – 10: 30 a.m and is followed by other events.  Meet at the Alibates Visitor Center, 37084 Alibates Rd to caravan to the trailhead. Information: 806-857-6680; https://www.nps.gov/alfl/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=E91F53A2-155D-451F-6738E9410F7C0310.

 

ALTO, Cherokee Co
Oct. 27 • El Camino Real de los Tejas Festival at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas! Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, guided hikes, and a variety of archeology themed activities. Sponsored by the THC Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Free, but donations will be accepted by the Friends of Caddo Mounds. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Caddo Mounds Historic Site, 1649 State Highway 21 west. Information: Barbara Chadwick (THC archeological Steward) 903-683-1064, jvalleytex@yahoo.com, http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/caddo-mounds-state-historic-site

 

ANDERSON, Grimes Co.
Oct. 13 • 13th Fanthorp Inn Stagecoach Saturday
Travel back to 1850 aboard a mule-drawn stagecoach! Take a trip back to 1850 as you explore what life was like travelling on the Texas frontier! Don’t miss this great opportunity to ride our mule-drawn stagecoach, take a tour of Henry Fanthorp's beautifully preserved inn or sit on the front porch and enjoy the sweet sound of dulcimer music. Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Free with suggested donations of $4 ($10 w/ coach ride) for adults and $2 ($5 w/ coach ride) for children. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Fanthrop Inn State Historic Site, 579 S. Main St. Information: Adam Arnold, 936-878-2214, ext. 228, adam.arnold@tpwd.texas.gov

 

ANGLETON, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 4 • Archeology Month: Author Meet and Greet, Mark Lardas Texas Shipwrecks
Join us as Mark Lardas reviews his book Texas Shipwrecks. Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.  Free.  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

Oct. 11 • Gatorlithics: Alligator Gut Gravels
Join us as Dr. August Costa considers evidence that sheds new light on alligator behavior and human-alligator relations based on newly discovered data that examines the stomach contents from harvested alligators. Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum. Free. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar. Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

Oct. 18 • Frost Town
Doug Boyd, principal investigator for the Frost Town Archaeological Project, will present his discoveries while excavating the remains of Houston's first working class neighborhood. Frost Town was first settled by German immigrants in the late 1830s. Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum. Free. 6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar. Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

Oct. 25 Forensic Sculptor: Killing of Levi Morris
Internationally recognized forensic sculptor, Amanda Danning, reconstructs the life and skeleton of Buffalo Soldier Levi Morris.   Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.   Free. 6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

 

AUSTIN, Travis Co.
Sep. 28 • 6th Annual American Indian Heritage Day
Celebrate the 6th annual American Indian Heritage Day with the Bob Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians. Schools are invited to learn about the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indians have made to the state through dancing and drumming performances and hands-on activities held during the day. Free. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/american-indian-heritage-... ; http://www.austinpowwow.net/heritage-day/ ; (512) 463-6712, powwow@grandecom.net

Oct. 1 – 31 • Becoming Texas
A portion of the Bob Bullock Museum’s first floor galleries, including the ship La Belle, is temporarily closed as the Museum creates a new space that opens this November. Make plans this October to visit the new first floor gallery, Becoming Texas, to experience a hands-on, immersive environment that uncovers Texas history with the most contemporary research on our past. This one-of-a-kind journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history will document the rise and fall of nations up to Mexican Independence in 1821. Adults: $13, Seniors (65+), Military, and Students: $11, Youth (4-17): $9. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/la-belle-shipwreck. 

Oct. 1 – 31 • Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic
Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Co-curated by Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic, the exhibition blends the past with the present to honor the Comanche people. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic's paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present. The paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots, but they are not romanticized or stagnant expressions of a bygone era. Rather, Tippeconnic's art is full of movement, color, and life — a bold statement that Comanche culture is vibrantly alive in the modern world. The exhibition features 34 artworks by Tippeconnic paired with historical Comanche artifacts, a juxtaposition that shows the inspiration for the artworks, as well as the historical evidence that underscores the rich heritage of the Comanche people. Immerse yourself in Tippeconnic's daily life and artistic process with family photographs, a behind-the-scenes video, and a soundtrack of songs he listens to while painting. Adults: $13, Seniors (65+), Military, and Students: $11, Youth (4-17): $9. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/comanche-motion

Oct. 4 • Living History Days at the Bob Bullock Museum
Meet costumed Museum volunteers interpreting a character from Texas history. Travel through the Museum exhibitions, stop for a chat, and hear stories of what Texas was like in days past. Free for all groups who have pre-registered for a Bullock Museum field trip. Space is limited, please pre-register your group in advance with a Bullock Reservationist. 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: (512) 463-6712 or reservations@thestoryoftexas.com https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/education/field-trips

Oct. 10 • Joukowsky Lecture Series: Turi King: King Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 Year Old Cold Case.
When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King, with her background both in archaeology (at the University of British Columbia and then the University of Cambridge) and genetics (at the University of Leicester where Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, was on her PhD panel), was the first team member approached by the lead archaeologist for the dig - should the skeletal remains of a 'good candidate' to be Richard III be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis from planning the dig through to it’s conclusion. Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis, particularly the genetics, carried out on the remains. Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America. 7 p.m. Location TBA. Information: lsparks@archaeological.org, https://www.archaeological.org/events/29283.

Oct. 13 • TAM Tailgate
Join archeologists from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the University of Texas’ Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) for the 3rd Annual Texas Archeology Month Tailgate. Stop by our tents on the way to the Baylor game and see what TAM has to offer. Free. 12 p.m. at the THC’s Elrose building at the corner of 16th and Colorado. Information: Casey Hanson, 512-463-5915, Casey.Hanson@thc.texas.gov.

Oct. 18 • A New Menil?  Reflecting on Art, Space, and Legacy as Curator of Collections
After being ‘off view’ for several months, the Menil Collection’s Renzo Piano building reopens on September 22 with entirely new gallery layouts and installations of artworks consisting exclusively of the permanent collection and promised gifts. Paul R. Davis addresses the collaborative curatorial and art historical process of working with the Menil’s permanent collection of nearly 17,000 objects, spanning the prehistoric to the present day, and generating new gallery displays for the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, the Americas, and ancient to early modern Europe.  Free.  4 p.m. at Art Building and Museum (ART) 1.120, 2301 San Jacinto Blvd.  Information: https://art.utexas.edu/event/new-menil-reflecting-art-space-legacy-curator-collections.

Oct. 20 • Texas Archeology Month Fair 
The Texas Archeology Month Fair brings together dozens of professional and avocational archeologists from the Austin area for a day of family fun! This free event offers a wide range of hands-on educational activities, demonstrations, and displays that showcase the rich archeological history of Texas. Visitors of all ages can learn about the sites, artifacts, and cultures of Texas as well as the science of archeology as they try their hand at pottery-making, dart throwing, artifact recording, and more! Flintknappers and blacksmiths will demonstrate historic and prehistoric tool-making, while archeological researchers will show how drones and other high-tech innovations are used to record and preserve sites. Artifact displays will highlight specific nearby sites, and professional archaeologists will be on hand to identify artifacts found by the public. Sponsored by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory and the Texas Historical Commission. Free. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the main soccer field at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10000 Burnet Road. Information: Lauren Bussiere, lauren.bussiere@utexas.edu, 512-942-9021 or Casey Hanson, Casey.Hanson@thc.texas.gov, 512-463-5915; www.utexas.edu/cola/tarl

Oct. 21 • 11th Annual UT Archaeology Playdate
Every year, the Central Texas Society of the AIA sponsors the Ancient Archaeology Playdate. This event will feature a variety of talks by UT faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, who will share brief (10-15 min) reports on their recent fieldwork or current research projects. The event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Central Texas Society of the AIA and the University of Texas at Austin.  Free. 1 – 5 p.m. at the Patton Hall (RLP) | Room 0.102, 305 E 23rd St.  Information: rmtaylor@austin.utexas.edu, https://www.archaeological.org/events/29444.

Oct. 26 • Brice Erickson Lecture: TBA
Brice Erickson, Professor of Classics, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 2000 and taught at Dartmouth and DePauw before arriving at Santa Barbara in 2003. He is an archaeologist of ancient Greece specializing in Archaic and Classical (ca. 600-400 B.C.E.) ceramic sequences. Other interests include ancient Greek history, religion, and identity. His first book, a study of post-Minoan Cretan archaeology and history, was published by the American School of Classical Studies Press (Hesperia Supplement) in 2010. Brice’s next project took him to central Greece to publish the Geometric through Hellenistic (ca. 970–175 B.C.E.) remains from Lerna, a village in the Argolid. The results of this study will soon appear as a volume in the Lerna site publication series. His current project is a book on the Athenian Empire. It will have a more archaeological and economic focus than previous accounts that have been dominated by the ancient texts and an almost exclusively Athenian perspective.  His work on Crete continues, with an article in the latest issue of the American Journal of Archaeology entitled “Cretan Pottery in the Levant in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C.E”.  Sponsored by UT Department of Classics.  Free.  4 – 5 p.m. at 2210 Speedway, Waggener Hall (WAG) 116.  Information: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/classics/events/event.php?id=47193.

Nov. 3 • 27th Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival
Don’t miss the exciting 27th Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival on November 4, 2016 at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, TX. Since 1992, the Austin Powwow has brought exciting dance exhibits and competitions, the Indian Market, Food Court, Heritage Stage, Traditional Native American Dances and Contests, and a welcoming Native American culture to the Austin area. The Austin Powwow is a family friendly event that preserves and promotes the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians in Texas. There is a Native American Food Court outside the venue and about a hundred Native American vendors selling authentic jewelry and American Indian art, as well as Native crafting supplies and regalia. Renowned Native storytellers and musicians share their traditions and history with children throughout the day at the outdoor Festival stage, while hundreds of American Indian dancers from tribes all over the United States and Canada compete inside Travis County Expo Center in contemporary and traditional dance categories. The Austin Powwow has one of the largest Indian Markets in the country with more than 100 booths. Great care is taken to ensure that the goods being sold as Indian made are just that – authentic Indian arts and crafts. In the majority of the booths, you will be speaking directly to the artisan, or a member of his or her family. The Food Court allows visitors to sample a wide range of authentic American Indian foods. All vendors serve at least one traditional dish, and some offer many more. A convenient seating area is right next to the vendor’s booths. Adults (12+): $5 Online) or $7 (at gate), Children (Under 12): Free. 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. Information: http://www.austinpowwow.net/austin-powwow/; 512-371-0628.

 

BELTON, Bell Co.
Oct. 13 • Discover Archaeology!
Visit the museum to learn about archaeology and ancient cultures. Spend the day as an archaeologist discovering new things about the past! Sponsored by the Bell County Museum. Free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main Street. Information: https://www.bellcountymuseum.org/events/2018/discover-archaeology. .

 

BONHAM, Fannin Co.
Oct. 27 • Archeology Month Open House at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site will host an open house on October 29 in celebration of October as Texas Archeology Month. The visitor center will include a display of archeological materials uncovered during an excavation at the Sam Rayburn House in 1977. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Free. 1 – 3:30 p.m. at 890 W. State Hwy. 56. Information: 903-583-5558, srhm@thc.texas.gov

Oct. 27 • Cemetery Walking Tour
Join us for a tour of historic Willow Wild Cemetery on Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. WExplore the graves of World War I veterans and learn of their activities during the "Great War." We will meet at Sam Rayburn's grave near the entrance gates to Willow Wild. Refreshments available.  Free.  10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Willow Wild Cemetery, 1220 W. 7th St.  Information: 903-583-5558, srhm@thc.texas.gov

 

BRADY, McCulloch Co.
Oct. 6 • Dedication of Brady, Fulcher, and Smith Memorial Tablet
The McCulloch County Historical Commission and the McCulloch County Commissioners Court worked together to fill a large gap in the commemorative history of both the county and the City of Brady.  The resulting THC-approved memorial tablet will be installed next to the state historical marker honoring the county's namesake, Ben McCulloch.  The tablet's narrative recites the influence of 1840's surveyor Peter R. Brady on the naming of Brady Creek as well as the town of Brady.  Also commemorated are the later contributions to the county's development by early settlers, Henry and Nancy Fulcher and Thomas E. Smith.  In 1876. the Fulchers and Smith donated land located along Brady Creek to McCulloch County on condition that proceeds from the sales of the land be used to create the town site of Brady and that the site be publicly approved as the county seat.  Following the election approving Brady as the county seat, the land was sold and the proceeds used to construct the first courthouse, later destroyed by fire.  The second courthouse, constructed in the Romanesque style in 1899, was restored to its historic appearance as part of THC's courthouse restoration project and then rededicated in 2009.  The restored courthouse may be viewed at mchc1.com.  The memorial tablet dedication ceremony will include presentation of historical information, including responses from the Fulcher family (which still has family members in residence in McCulloch County).  Remarks concerning the importance of courthouse preservation and stewardship will also be made by THC staff.  Sponsored by the McCulloch County Historical Commission and the McCulloch County Commissioners Court.   Free, donations appreciated.  10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the McCulloch County Courthouse Square, 209 S. Elm Street.         

 

BRAZORIA, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 1-31 • Levi Jordan Plantation Saturday Site Tours
Join us for a walking tour of the Levi Jordan Plantation and overview of the history of its past occupants, ongoing preservation efforts, and the rich archeological resources that are an important part of interpreting this site. The tour includes a stroll through the quarters area, where former slave residences once stood.  By Appointment Only. Free.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 7234 FM 521.  Information: 979-798-2202.  http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/levi-jordan-plantation-state-historic-site

 

BRENHAM, Washington Co.
Oct. 2 • National Night Out
Come join us for numerous activities that include: Special World War I exhibit, corn and cotton exhibit, Buffalo Soldier, Confederate Soldier, art exhibit, history of the Milroy Garden, special invitational antique car exhibit, free American and Texas flags, Fire truck exhibit, EMS exhibit, City and County government exhibit, and demonstrations on how to make homemade ice cream with a hand turn freezer. Sponsored by Drs. Wilfred and Bobbie (in Spirit) Dietrich, and the people living in the 40-acre tract of the Milroy Garden and Orchard. Free. 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Milroy Garden, 700 Milroy Dr. Information: Wilfred Dietrich, 979.836.3120, Wilfred.bobbie@sbcglobal.net

 

BROWNSVILLE, Cameron Co.
Oct. 6 • 11th Annual Rio Grande Delta International Archeology Fair
Join us for our Annual Rio Grande Delta International Archaeology Fair at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  The Rio Grande Delta International Archeology Fair is designed to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about the field of Archeology, local archeological resources, and the value of resource preservation through displays, demonstrations and activities.  The fair includes educational games and activities for visitors of all ages. The event is free and for audiences of all ages. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 7200 Paredes Line Rd. Information: Rolando Garza, 956.541.2785 ext. 331, rolando_garza@nps.gov, http://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm or Russell Skowronek, 956.665.8085, russell.skowronek@utrgv.edu, https://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm  

 

BRYAN, Brazos Co.
Oct 13 • Boonville Days: Texas Heritage Festival 2018
This year’s Boonville Days will be bigger and better than ever before.  Learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history: visit with characters in period costume, enjoy cowboys, civil war re-enactors, musicians, dancers, artists, and much more.  Professor Paisley from the Texian Institite of Oxenology, will be parading back into town with oxen Justice and Liberty, showcasing culture from 1830-1845. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe demonstrations of skills and trades including flint-making, spinning, quilting, and blacksmithing/  This is a family event, so the museum will have activities to keep the young’uns entertained by learning to make pinch pots and other period crafts.  Sponsored by Brazos CHC. Free. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. Information: Deborah Cowman, Exec. Dir., 979.776.2195, dcowman@brazosvalleymuseum.org or Maria Lazo, 979.776.2195, education@brazosvalleymuseum.org  www.brazosvalleymuseum.org

 

BURNET, Burnet Co.
Oct 5-6 • Hill Country Heritage Expo
The Hill Country Heritage Expo is a massive cultural event beginning with a tipi talk and historical dance on Friday evening and a jam-packed Saturday. You will visit pockets of time from prehistoric weaponry through the Great Depression! Visit the Armaments section where you will see Atlatl demonstrations, Flint Knapping, Cannon fire and Musket Fire! Stroll on over to our Pioneer Town and learn the origins of tea, how to make rope, milk a cow, and spin. Stop in and chat with the Lipan-Apache Tribe, the Buffalo Soldiers, Civilian Conservation Corps, or learn about the Longhorn Cavern State Park and the National Wildlife Refuge system! Finally, don’t forget about our special performances by the Comanche Nation Youth Dancers, Dutch Oven Demonstrations, and our historical dance by Sisters of the Heart. Finish your Awesome weekend by picking your favorite chili in the Chili Cook-off Competition and buying a Hill Country Heritage Expo commemorative patch! Free with Park Entry Fee. Friday 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4W. Information: Lindsay Pannell at 830-637-9327 or lindsay.pannell@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

CALLIHAM, McMullen Co.
Tuesdays and Thursdays in October • History of Calliham
Do you love history? Perhaps you are just a little curious about the park attractions and local history. Come to this presentation to have your questions answered.  What brought people to the area? How did the park get here? Why do people come here now and what makes the area special? Whether you love history or are simply curious about Choke Canyon State Park and the local area, come to this program to have your questions about our history answered. Feel free to ask other questions about the park too. Free with park admission ($5).  2 – 3 p.m. at Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit.  Information: Paul Jaure, 361-786-3868, paul.jaure@tpwd.texas.gov

 

CANYON, Randall Co.
Oct. 6 • Rock Art Hike #1 at Palo Duro Canyon State Park
October is Texas Archaeology Month. To celebrate, join us for a hike to some of our hidden Native American rock art. Prepare: THIS HIKE REQUIRES REGISTRATION. Space on this hike is very limited. Tickets for the hike will become available on September 29, 2018. Please visit https://rockarthike1.eventbrite.com to register for the hike. Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Adults: $5, Children 12 and Under: Free. 6-8 p.m. at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 Park Road 5. Information: Jeff Davis, (806) 488-2227, x2067, jeff.davis@tpwd.texas.gov

Oct. 13 • Rock Art Hike #2 at Palo Duro Canyon State Park
October is Texas Archaeology Month. To celebrate, join us for a hike to some of our hidden Native American rock art. Prepare: THIS HIKE REQUIRES REGISTRATION. Space on this hike is very limited. Tickets for the hike will become available on September 29, 2018. Please visit https://rockarthike1.eventbrite.com to register for the hike. Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Adults: $5, Children 12 and Under: Free. 2-4 p.m. at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 Park Road 5. Information: Jeff Davis, (806) 488-2227, x2067, jeff.davis@tpwd.texas.gov

Oct. 13 • Dino Day at the Pan Handle Plains Historical Museum
Bring the family to PPHM for Dino Day! Kids will be able to excavate a dig site on our East Lawn, make fossils, see live animals and more. From kids to kids-at-heart, everyone will enjoy this new event that celebrates October as Archaeology Month. There will be discounted $5 admission for everyone the entire day. 1-4 p.m. at 2503 4th Avenue. Information: Elaina Cunningham at 806-651-2258,Ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu, http://www.panhandleplains.org/events/2017/dino-day

 

CASTROVILLE, Medina Co.
Oct. 13 • Pioneer Days: Public Day at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site
All the sights and sounds from Texas' frontier times come alive with costumed living history presenters. More details to come.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 402 East Florence Street.  Information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/landmark-inn-state-historic-site

Oct. 13 • Pioneer Days: Camp Fire Tours  at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site
Most people visit historic sites during the day and see daytime activities. Tonight you have the rare opportunity to see historic life at night. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Admission is free to those who pre-register. Call 830-931-2133 or check in at the welcome desk in the historic Landmark Inn.  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 402 East Florence Street.  Information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/landmark-inn-state-historic-site

 

CLARKSVILLE, Red River Co.
Oct. 1-31 • Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Clarksville Cemetery
As part of Archeology Month, the Sam Bell Maxey House is presenting "Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Clarksville Cemetery."  Gravestones are very personal things, used to represent the people that they honor. In the past, different symbols and carvings on gravestones held certain meanings and told the viewer something about the deceased.  Throughout the month of October, visitors to Clarksville Cemetery will be able to learn about the meanings behind different symbols on the gravestones. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Free.  8 a.m. to dusk at Clarksville Cemetery, West Washington Street. Information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/events/graveston-symbols-and-their-meanings-clarksville-cemetery.

 

CLUTE, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 9 • Death and Burial in the Texas Prison System:  1849-1964
Sandra Rogers, Walker County Steward for Texas Archeological Stewardship Network will discuss the 18 Texas Prison Cemeteries she has documented across the state.  Also, Rogers will review the recently published book Electrocutions in Texas: 1924-1964 which outlines the establishment of electrocution in Huntsville as the method of execution and talks about 362 men who died by that method.  Sponsored by the Brazosport Archaeological Society.  Free.  7 p.m. at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, 400 College Boulevard.  Information: Sandra Pollan at 979-265-6910 or SDPOLLAN@yahoo.com; Sue Gross at 979-265-3142 or SUEGBOBS@comcast.net.

 

COLLEGE STATION, Brazos Co.
TBA • Lecture: Native History and Ancient Foodways in the Brazos Valley and Surrounding Post Oak Savannah
This public lecture, given by Dr. Alston Thoms (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University), draws upon archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ecological data to illustrate the general nature of hunter-gatherer lifeways in the Bryan/College Station area for 12,000 or more years. The region’s native inhabitants always subsisted on wild plants and animals available in their homeland and during the last 1,200 years they traded with farming groups in surrounding areas. Deer, small game animals, and native plants provided most of the people’s diet. Especially important were wild root foods, which often occurred in high densities and were baked in earth ovens with rock heating elements for as long as two days.  Sponsored by the Anthropology Research Collections, Texas A&M University.  Free.  Time and Place TBA.  Information: Dr. Heather Thakar at 979-458-5987 or thakar@tamu.edu; Jordan Pratt at 503-505-1292 or jpratt@tamu.edu; https://www.facebook.com/AnthARCatTAMU/

Oct. 29 • Carving Cucurbits: Using Stone Tools to Carve Pumpkins
Join the Anthropology Research Collections at Texas A&M University (ARC-TAMU) for our annual stone tool pumpkin carving party! The ARC-TAMU will provide stone tools that participants can use to carve their own pumpkins. The event will also include informational sessions on stone tool creation and use in prehistory, as well as displays on Texas projectile points, cucurbita domestication, and the cultural origins of autumn festivals. All ages are welcome, but please B.Y.O.P. (bring your own pumpkin)!  Sponsored by the Anthropology Research Collections, Texas A&M University.  Free (bring your own pumpkin).  3-6 p.m. at 340 Spence St. (In front of the Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University).  Information: Dr. Heather Thakar at 979-458-5987 or thakar@tamu.edu; Jordan Pratt at 503-505-1292 or jpratt@tamu.edu; https://www.facebook.com/AnthARCatTAMU/

 

COMSTOCK, Val Verde Co.
Oct. 1-31 • Fate Bell Shelter Pictograph Guided Tour
Come out to the Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site for a guided-hike tour and descend into Seminole Canyon to view prehistoric paintings (pictographs).  $5 plus park admission. 10 -11:30 a.m. and 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Park Headquarters Building.  Information: Tanya Petruney, 432-292-4464, tanya.petruney@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/seminole-canyon/fate-bell-shelter-pictograph-guided-tour/2016-10-21

Saturdays in October • White Shaman Pictograph Panel Guided Hike
Come join the Witte Museum Rock Art Foundation for a tour of one of the most remarkable and well-photographed rock art sites in the Lower Pecos. The White Shaman composition, its meaning and the techniques used to create it, have been the subject of intense scholarly research and many publications. It is one of the most spectacular surviving examples of the use of extraordinarily rare white paint.  Adult: $15, Members: $10.  12:30 p.m.12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at 42535 West U.S. Highway 90.  Information: 210-357-1910;  https://www.wittemuseum.org/rock-art-tour-calendar/ ; https://www.wittemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Tour_White-Shaman.pdf

 

DEL RIO, Val Verde Co.
Nov. 3 • The Annual Archeology Fair
The Whitehead Memorial Museum will be the setting for this year's Annual Archeology Fair. Take a look back into the past and experience the magic of friction fire starting; flintknapping; corn grinding; watching heated metal glowing red-orange in a forge, then hammered on an anvil at the hands of a skilled blacksmith; the hypnotic effects of wool being spun into yarn on a spinning wheel; and the sound of a boomerang shaped rabbit stick swish through the air toward its target. Fair-goers will be treated to a variety of presentations and demonstrations such as The Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association will bring past military units to life and many more. Families are invited to try their hands at a simulated earth oven, making your own rock painting, pottery-making and table loom weaving.  Sponsored by Amistad National Recreation Area, the Whitehead Memorial Museum, the Val Verde Community Foundations and the Ramada Inn.  Adults $2, Children $1.  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whitehead Memorial Museum, 1308 S Main Street.  Information: Lisa Nielsen at 830-775-7491 x 3223 or lisa_d_nielsen@nps.gov; Amanda Curtis at 830-7755-7491 x 3211 or amanda_curtis@nps.gov; www.nps.gov/amis.

 

DENISON, Grayson Co.
Oct. 3 • Eisenhower Birthplace: 60th Anniversary Open House
The Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation gave the Eisenhower Birthplace site to the State of Texas 60 years ago today!  Stop by for refreshments and free tours of the Birthplace house.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 609 S. Lamar Ave.  Information: 903.465.8908, john.akers@thc.texas.gov, eisenhower-birthplace@thc.state.tx.us, http://www.visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com. 

 

DENTON, Denton Co.
Oct. 6 • Denton County Hispanic Heritage Month
Join the Denton County Office of History and Culture for Denton County's Hispanic Heritage Day! Enjoy Hispanic culture, food, music, and performances. People of all ages can participate in a scavenger hunt!Sponsored by the Denton County Office of History and Culture.  Free.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Denton County Historical Park, 317 W Mulberry Street.  Information: Organizer: officeofhistoryandculture@gmail.com; https://dentoncounty.com/Departments/History-and-Culture/Office-of-History-and-Culture/EVENTS/CALENDAR.aspx.

Oct. 19 and 20 • Park After Dark
On the night of Saturday November 22, 1919 an argument took place outside the Bayless residence, an argument that ended in death...  Travel through the Bayless-Selby House, located at 317 W Mulberry Street, to hear the accounts of key witnesses, town gossips, and from our own volunteers who have experienced more than a few unusual instances inside the house. Tours will be given throughout the night.  Sponsored by the Denton County Office of History and Culture.  Free.  Friday and Saturday 7-9 p.m. at the Bayless-Selby House, 317 W Mulberry Street.  Information: officeofhistoryandculture@gmail.com; https://dentoncounty.com/Departments/History-and-Culture/Office-of-History-and-Culture/EVENTS/CALENDAR.aspx

 

EL PASO, El Paso Co.
Oct. 20 and 21 • Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site’s 24th Annual Interpretive Fair
This event, which coincides with Texas Archeology Month, is family oriented and focuses on the use of outreach and education to inspire the preservation of the Site’s natural and cultural resources. This year’s program includes a variety of events, such as Native American dancing and drumming, cultural dances and storytelling, pictograph, birding, and nature tours, recreational activity demonstrations, and booths. We will also host an evening program on Saturday night.  Sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation.  Free.  Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, Information: Dr. Kendra Moore, 915.856.3356, Kendra.Moore@tpwd.texas.gov;, http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks

Oct. 21 • Tin Mine Hike at Franklin Mountains State Park
Join us for a hike out to the El Paso Tin Mines, the remains of a mining operation from the early 1900s.  $8 for adults 13 years old and up; $3 for Texas State Park Pass holders, and $1 for children 12 and under. Please bring a check or exact change, as the Park Ranger guiding the hike will be unable to make change.  8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Chuck Heinrich Park parking lot, 10899 Officer Andrew Barcena Dr.  Information: Lydia Pagel, (915) 566-6441 or https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/franklin-mountains/tin-mine-hike-10.21.18

 

FORT MCKAVETT STATE HISTORIC SITE, Menard Co.
Oct. 13 • Archeology Day and Fall Star Party 2018 at Fort McKavett State Historic Site
Join us for a day and night of exploration as we spend the day looking at artifacts found at Fort McKavett during the archaeological digs done since the 1970’s. Take on the work of an archaeologist in our mock dig! Find and record artifacts using tools and instruments to learn more about the soldiers and citizens of Old Fort McKavett. See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons and fragments, and much more. Stay with us or come back after dusk and gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society as they use their high-powered telescopes to reach into and beyond the stars! Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and the Concho Valley Archaeological Society.  $4 for adults, $3 for Children and Seniors, $8 for Families.  10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.- 12 a.m. at Fort McKavett State Historic Site, 7066 FM 864.  Information: Kevin Malcolm, 325-396- 2358, Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov.

 

HOUSTON, Harris Co.
Oct. 13 • Ancient Encounters Family Event - Ancient Houston
Houston has ancient history!  Discover how original settlers lived along the banks of the bayous at a fair with hands-on acitivites for children and their families.  Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston.  Free. Time TBA at Guadalupe Public Park, 2311 Runnels Street.  Information: Becky Lao, 713-364-6344, archaeologyhouston@gmail.com.

 

HUNSTVILLE, Walker Co.
Oct. 11 • Lecture: The Alamo Underground
Remember the Alamo? The Sam Houston Memorial Museum welcomes archeologist Nesta Anderson, lead investigator of recent archeological investigations at the Alamo Mission complex for this one-night lecture.  Recent excavations reinforce the results of previous archaeological investigations, and confirm that while disturbance has occurred over the past 300 years, there are small areas containing archaeological deposits that are currently preserved underground. This presentation will show some of these preserved areas and provide an overview of the information we have learned to date.  Sponsored by the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.  Free.  6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Katy and Don Walker Education Center 1402 19th Street.  Information: Mikey Sproat, 936-294-4895, sproat@shsu.edu.

 

JACKSBORO, Jack Co.
Oct. 13 • Archeology Day at Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site
In celebration of TPWD's archaeology month, come learn about archaeology and how archaeologists study the past at Ft. Richardson. We will have several stations set up for hands on learning. Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Free 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 228 State Park Road 61.  Information:  Ray Monroe, 940-567-3506, ray.monroe@tpwd.texas.gov, https://www.facebook.com/events/929803980532610/

 

KERMIT, Winkle Co.
Oct 27 • Winkler County Ranchers' History and Story-Telling Event
An evening of the founding rancher families sharing their ranch history followed by a "campfire" story telling by all participants with fun stories of trail drives, characters and whatever else comes to mind.  Music and poetry are provided by local artists, and a barbecue dinner is served.  Children's games to explain the rancher's life will be planned.  Sponsored by the Winkler County Historical Commission.  $10 per plate of food.  4 p.m. at the Kermit Community Center, 118 North Poplar Street.  Information: Kenneth Edwards at 432-586-5286 or kebeedwards@hotmail.com;  Vida Simpson at 432-586-3841 or 432-586-3841.

 

KINGSLAND, Burnet Co.
Oct. 9 • Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) Monthly Meeting
The Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) meetings are free and open to the public. LUAS meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second Wednesday of every month except June and December at the NAC. Most meetings feature a speaker from Central Texas with expertise in archaeology, history, geology, or other related subjectFree.  7 p.m. at the Nightengale Archeological Center, 1010 Circle Dr.  Information: Lisa Weatherford, 512-809-3685, lisa.weatherford@gmail.com or Chuck Hixson, 325-423-0379, charles.hixson@gmail.com; www.texasluas.org                             

Oct. 13 and 27 • Nightengale Archeological Center Tour
The Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) provides tours of the Nightengale Archeological Center twice a month.  Free.  2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Nightengale Archeological Center, 1010 Circle Dr.  Information: Lisa Weatherford, 512-809-3685, lisa.weatherford@gmail.com or Chuck Hixson, 325-423-0379, charles.hixson@gmail.com; www.texasluas.org                                     

 

LA GRANGE, Fayette Co.
Sep. 15 • Texas Heroes Day
Texas Heroes Day: Annual event on the Saturday closest to Sept. 15. Enjoy a day of honoring Texas heroes, including those who fought and died for the Republic of Texas. The event specially commemorates the men of the Dawson Massacre and the Mier Expedition. Enjoya mock archeological excavation, pioneer craft demonstrations, re-enactors, cannon and musket salutes, dulcimer music, historic flag display, a special presentation, and guided tours.  Free.  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Monument Hill-Kreische Brewery State Historical Site, 414 State Loop 92 La Grange, TX 78945 (On the Bluff).  Information: Larry Ripper, 979-966-3684, ripsters@cvctx.com; Dennis Smith 979-968-5658 or Gary E. McKee, 979-966-2697    

 

LEAKEY, Real Co.
Sep 28-30 • Texas Outdoor Education Association Workshop
The Texas Outdoor Education Association (TOEA) is a non-profit education community that promotes bringing the outdoors into the classrooms and the classrooms to the world. The TOEA Workshop's mission is to share and promote an appreciation for the environment, incite learning across STEM Education and nurture outdoor education.  The Workshop will be hosted at the HEB Foundation Campsite just north of Leakey Texas.  By making teaching and learning more engaging we hope the outcome will have an everlasting effect in the future of our children's education.  Sponsored by the Texas Outdoor Education Association. Friday, 2:00 p.m. – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. at Echo Valley HEB Foundation Campsite, 11756 North U.S. Hwy. 83.  Information: Carlos Guerrera, 361-522-6944, cargue6944@gmail.com; https://www.toea.org/2018-workshop-information/  

 

LOCKHART, Caldwell Co.
Oct. 19-20 • 15th Annual Speaking of the Dead Night Ramblings in a Texas Graveyard
Join the Caldwell County Historical Commission for the 15th Annual Speaking of the Dead Night Ramblings in a Texas Graveyard.  $15.  6:30 – 9:10 pm. at the Lockhart City Cemetery, 619 N. Colorado Street.  Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-speaking-of-the-dead-lockhart-cemetery-tour-tickets-37159719722. Information: Kathy McCormick, 512-626-1637, http://www.caldwellcountyhistoricalcommission.org/speakingofthedead.html  

 

LONGVIEW, Gregg Co.
Oct. 2-25 • Special Artifacts from the Buddy Calvin Jones Caddo Collection 
The Buddy Calvin Jones Caddo Collection  will be exhibited in Ann Lacy Crain Exhibit Center during Texas Archeology Month.  Sponsored by the Gregg County Historical Museum.  Adults: $5, Seniors: $2, Students: $1.  Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Gregg County Historical Museum in the Ann Lacy Crain Exhibit Center.  Information: Lindsay Loy, 903-753-5840, director@gregghistorical.org; Patti Haskins, phaskins2@aol.com.

Oct. 4 • Jeffery Girard: The Discovery and Recovery of a 14th Century Dugout Canoe on the Red River<
Early in June 2017, a remarkable prehistoric dugout canoe was discovered on the banks of the Red River north of Shreveport, Louisiana.  At 10.2 m (about 34 ft) in length, it is the largest yet discovered in Louisiana, and one of the largest yet discovered in the Southeastern United States.  A radiocarbon date indicates that the canoe was constructed in the 14th century, contemporary with an extensive Caddo settlement on the east side of the river.  The presentation summarizes the challenges that confronted researchers and local volunteers for extracting the canoe from the riverbank and transporting it to Texas A&M University for conservation; and provides information about nearby Caddo village and ceremonial sites whose past inhabitants might have made and used the boat.  Jeffrey Girard (M.A. The University of Texas at Austin) was on the faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as regional archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology for more than 25 years.  He worked with landowners in the identification and preservation of cultural resources on private and state land, carried out research projects, and promoted awareness of cultural resources through public presentations.  He has published papers in several edited books and journals, and co-authored the book Caddo Connections, Cultural Interactions within and beyond the Caddo World, 2014, Rowman & Littlefield.  His book, The Caddos and Their Ancestors, Archaeology and the Native People of Northwest Louisiana, was published by LSU Press in the spring of 2018.  He currently is working on a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area to organize collections and records at the Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University.  Sponsored by the Gregg County Historical Museum.  Donations for our speaker are suggested.  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Gregg County Historical Museum in the Ann Lacy Crain Exhibit Center.  Information: Lindsay Loy, 903-753-5840, director@gregghistorical.org; Patti Haskins, phaskins2@aol.com.

Oct. 18 • Thomas H Guterjan: The Ties that Bind and the Walls that Divide: Learning about ancient Maya landscapes in Belize
For 27 years, Maya Research Progress has conducted annual fieldwork in Belize aimed at understanding how ancient Maya cities were organized and how their agricultural economics operated.  The MRP team includes scholars from many countries and academic fields and this presentation will summarize some of the their work for nearly three decades.  While much of our work has focused on the towering public buildings-pyramids and large-masonry elite residents, in 2016, we had a "game-changer" season. We flew a large-scale Lidar remote sensing mission discovering vast expanses of ancient ditched agricultural fields and walled residential compounds.  This changed how we view the scale of agricultural production and land ownership and will be the focus of our publications for the next several years.  Tom Guderjan is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Department of Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Social Sciences Research at the University of Texas at Tyler.  He has directed fieldwork in Belize since 1988 (Yep--he's OLD!) and recently co-editor with Jennifer Mathews of The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Maya Commodities. (University of Arizona Press, 2017) and editor of Life, Wealth, Social Organization and Ritual in the ancient Maya city of Blue Creek, Belize (BAR Press, Oxford, England, 2016).  Sponsored by the Gregg County Historical Museum.  Donations for our speaker are suggested.  6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gregg County Historical Museum in the Ann Lacy Crain Exhibit Center.  Information: Lindsay Loy, 903-753-5840, director@gregghistorical.org; Patti Haskins, phaskins2@aol.com.

 

LUBBOCK, Lubbock Co.
Oct. 11 • Joukowsky Lecture Series: Turi King: King Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 Year Old Cold Case.
When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King, with her background both in archaeology (at the University of British Columbia and then the University of Cambridge) and genetics (at the University of Leicester where Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, was on her PhD panel), was the first team member approached by the lead archaeologist for the dig - should the skeletal remains of a 'good candidate' to be Richard III be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis from planning the dig through to it’s conclusion. Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis, particularly the genetics, carried out on the remains.  Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America.  7 p.m. Location TBA.  Information: lsparks@archaeological.org, https://www.archaeological.org/events/29283.   

 

MARBLE FALLS, Burnet Co.
Oct. 13 • Unveiling "Rockie": The discovery, excavation, and restoration of a bison skeleton from Burnet County
The program will begin at 10:00 on Sat. Oct. 12.  There will be four speakers: Kenneth Bader (UT-Austin) on restoration and display design; Ryan Murry (Austin) on the discovery of the 700-year old bison; David Calame, Sr., on the excavations, and Dr. Thomas R. Hester on perspectives of the Native Americans of that era.  Exhibit will become permanent.  Sponsored by the Falls on the Colorado Museum.  Donations accepted.  Unveiling Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Permanent exhibit Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2002 Broadway (street intersects 281 in town; look for massive 2-story 1891 structure).  Information: Darlene Oostermeyer.

 

MARSHALL, Harrison Co.
Oct. 9 • Kitchen Table Book Club at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site
This book club introduces a delicious angle on literature by pairing good food with good books as each month a culinary feature will be drawn from our reading selections. Avid readers are invited to join this journey of taste and adventure. We will meet around the kitchen table in Maplecroft, the 1870 home of Frank and Clara Starr. Reading selections will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Guests must be 21 or older.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  6:30-8 p.m. at 407 W. Travis St.  Information: Barbara Judkins, 903-935-3044 or Barbara.Judkins@thc.texas.gov, starr-family-home@thc.texas.gov

Oct. 27 • Harrison County Cemetery Tour
Join the Harrison County Historical Commission for a 45-minute gravestone symbols presentation that includes an instructional lesson of how to do a safe & proper gravestone rubbing, how to safely clean a gravestone, and three compelling stories.  Snacks will be provided.  Sponsored by the Harrison County Historical Commission.  Free.  1-3 p.m. at the Ewing Chapel Cemetery, Take U.S. 59 south from Marshall; turn right (west) on FM 2625; turn right (north) on Rosborough Springs Road.  Information: Barbara Judkins, 903-935-3044 or Barbara.Judkins@thc.texas.gov.

Nov. 3 • Victorian Fair at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site
This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy 19th century toys and games, viewing living history demonstrations including blacksmith Keith Coleman, and making their own old-time crafts. The Rusk County Dulcimers, led by Tom Loomis, will return again this year to play their Mountain Dulicmers for event guests. The group's repertoire includes old gospel, folk, country and patriotic songs.  Maplecroft, the 1870 home of Frank and Clara Starr will be available for tours.  The highlight of the event will be the hilariously dramatic Victorian Melodrama play, presented by East Texas Baptist University Associate Professor of Theatre John Dement and his students. Audience members are encouraged to applaud the hero and boo the villain! The play lasts 10 minutes and will be performed on the hour.  The museum store will be open so you can pick up unique items including Beard Joy products made locally by Kevin Slocum.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  Guided tours of Maplecroft are $4.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 407 W. Travis St.  Information: 903-935-3044, starr-family-home@thc.texas.gov; http://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/events/victorian-fair-1.

Nov. 10 • The Regulator - Moderator War Program
State historian Bill O'Neal, whose book on the Regulator - Moderator War has just been re-released. He will provide a fascinating program on the subject at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. in the courtroom in the Old Historic 1901 Harrison County Courthouse. A box lunch prepared by Sweet Sabine's Juli Jamison will be available for purchase following the gathering and O'Neal's talk. The program is co-sponsored by Friends of the Public Library and the Harrison County Historical Museum. Sale of the books will benefit both.  Free.  10:30 a.m. – lunch at 1 Peter Whetstone Square.  Information: Gail Beil at 903-472-1870 or gailkbeil@gmail.com, 903-930-7468.

 

MEXIA, Limestone Co.
Oct. 6-7 • Living History Weekend at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
This October event will include many different activities from archeology, frontier life, and the Civil War. Some events include: A mock dig, allowing kids to drive in to the archeological experience; Rock Painting with hieroglyphs, where participants will hear a story about the hieroglyphs and create their own story on paper. Some will be invited to add their own to the rocks at hand; The Camel Experience with live camels! This demonstration will help tell the story about how camels were used during the Civil War; a blacksmithing demonstration, storytelling, chair making, cow milking and more!.   Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  1 day pass - $5.00/ 2 day pass - $7.50.  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 1738 FM 2705.  Information: Alysha Richardson, 254-472-0959 or alysha.richardson@thc.texas.gov; Marsha Hendrix, 254-472-0959 or marsha.hendrix@thc.texas.gov; www.visitcrg.org.

 

NEW BRAUNFELS, Comal Co.
Oct. 19-20 • Soul Searching Night Ramblings in the Comal Cemetery
Relive the spirit of historic New Braunfels in this night time guided tour of the Comal Cemetery. Established in 1868, the Comal Cemetery is the burial ground for some of New Braunfels founders' and notable citizens. Join us at Soul Searching to hear the stories of these illustrious souls told by actors as living history portrayals.  This event is family friendly and funds raised will be used for cemetery improvements. This is a walking tour; golf cart tours are available for individuals who need assistance walking. Tour by golf cart is offered during the first tour of both nights. Please be sure to request a cart tour when purchasing your tickets.  Sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation.  $30.  Friday, Oct. 19th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20th at 5 p.m. Parking at Cypress Bend Park located at 503 Peace Avenue.  Information and tickets at 830-221-4350.  http://www.nbtexas.org/1832/Soul-Searching

 

PARIS, Lamar Co.
Oct. 1-31 • Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Evergreen Cemetery
As part of Archeology Month, the Sam Bell Maxey House is presenting "Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Evergreen Cemetery."  Gravestones are very personal things, used to represent the people that they honor. In the past, different symbols and carvings on gravestones held certain meanings and told the viewer something about the deceased.  Throughout the month of October, visitors to Evergreen Cemetery will be able to learn about the meanings behind different symbols on the gravestones. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Free.  8 a.m. to dusk at Evergreen Cemetery 560 Evergreen Street. Information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/events/gravestone-symbols-and-their-meanings-evergreen-0

Oct. 31 • Trick or Treat with Livingston at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
Calling all Mummies, Daddies, and Kiddies!  Join us at the Maxey House on Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Halloween Open House.  There will be plenty of Halloween-themed crafts and games for all to enjoy, and to prevent any tricks, there will also be treats.  Don’t be a scaredy-cat, come out and have a spooktacular time!  Free.  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sam Bell Maxey House, 812 South Church St. Information: 903-785-5716, sam-bell-maxey@thc.texas.gov.

 

ROCKPORT, Aransas Co.
Sept. 22 to Jan. 6 • Exhibit: Archeology: Peoples of the Coastal Bend
The displays will illustrate prehistoric and historic lifeways and explain how archeologists learn about people.  You will learn how lithics, ceramics, flora and fauna contribute to our understanding of the past. Aransas County has been home to people since around 11,500 BC. Although early evidence is scattered, campsites from the Archaic era (6,500 BC to AD 700) are frequently recorded by archeologists. An assemblage of tools including dart points for the atlatl was recognized at local sites and named the “Aransas phase.”  In the Late Prehistoric era (AD 700 – 1500) pottery and arrow points found became known as the “Rockport phase.  ”Sponsored by the Friends of the History Center.  Free.  Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. at the History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St.  Information: Pam Wheat Stranahan, 361 460-4638 or pamwheatstranahan@gmail.com; Kam Wagert at 361 729-5725 or kam@wagert.net; www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.org

Oct. 21 • Archeology Fair
The History Center will hold an "Archeology Fair" on Sunday, October 21, 1-4 PM to celebrate International Archaeology Day and join with the THC and TAS in promoting archeology in Texas. The Archeology Fair will feature pottery making, tools of early people, weaving, face-painting, archery and building a wiki-up.  Free.  1 – 4 p.m. at History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St.  Information: Pam Stranahan pamwheatstranahan@gmail.com or 361 460-4638. http://www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.org/

 

SAN ANGELO, Tom Green Co.
Sep. 22 • “Yesteryears Revisited” an Archeology Fair
Yesteryears Revisited”, an Archeology Fair, offers the Concho Valley people of all ages a chance to explore the past.  This event includes demonstrations and exhibits related to archeology.  The Concho Valley Archeology Society will be offering hands-on activities, such as the bow and arrow shoot, atlatl throw, pottery painting, face painting, Clues in the Dirt (a mock excavation) and making a medicine bag. Demonstrations will include Quilt making, Weaving, Needle work, Pre-historic food preparation, and Drones in archeology.  Exhibits will include Concho Valley Artifacts, Indian tee-pee, Traveling trunk, Geology, Genealogy, Historic photos and Archeology Societies. The public is invited to bring in their artifacts to be identified by an Archeologist. Sponsored by the Concho Valley Archeological Society and Fort Concho.  Free.  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes Street.  Information: Michelle Doss, 325-465-4710, wildrose@hotmail.com.

 

SAN ANTONIO, Bexar Co.
Oct. 4-7• The 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
The Forty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from Thursday evening, October 4th through Sunday afternoon, October 7th. The Local Arrangements Chair for 2018 is Dr. Annie Labatt of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA).  Thursday 5:30 p.m. to Sunday 1 p.m. at the Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza.  Information: Benjamin DeLee, 2018 BSC Program Chair, benjamin.delee@cortland.edu; https://www.bsc2018.com/

Oct. 13 • Super Saturday at the Witte: 4th Annual Can You Dig It?
Historical Archeology helps us understand the people of the not too distant past. Dive trowel first into 300 years of interactive, historical archeology for a special Tricentennial edition of Super Saturday at the Witte Museum. Free with museum admission.  12 p.m.- 4 p.m. at 3801 Broadway.  Information: Joshua Segovia, 210-357-1901, joshuasegovia@wittemuseum.org, www.wittemuseum.org.

Oct 23 • Pearce Paul Creasman Lecture: Dendrochronology & Ancient Egypt: The Key to Time in the Mediterranean World?
Egypt, with its historical record and centuries of archaeological research, is an essential element in the chronological tapestry of the Bronze Age. As a result of favorable preservation and the ancient Egyptian practice of ritually provisioning the dead for the afterlife, hundreds of tons of wood have been recovered from excavations in Egypt. Ancient ships, coffins, and architectural timbers provide a potentially robust source of material for chronological endeavors, especially dendrochronology. Yet, lacunae in fundamental understandings regarding the viability of native trees for tree-ring and other scientific analyses prevent meaningful contributions in this regard. If native taxa commonly recovered from the archaeological record could be included in the corpus of source material, a new wave of chronology building (among many other applications) could be undertaken. It may be finally possible to correlate pharaonic reigns and recorded events with local environmental conditions/reconstructions and, eventually, precise calendrical dates. If annual resolution could be offered for ancient Egypt, the impact across the interconnected ancient Mediterranean world would be profound. This presentation offers a review of such efforts, makes a case for further progress toward the construction of a tree-ring chronology for ancient Egypt, and provides the results of the first comprehensive effort to evaluate the utility of native Egyptian trees based on recent fieldwork.  Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America.  7:30 p.m. at Chapman Hall Auditorium, Trinity University, E Rosewood Avenue.  Information: lsparks@archaeological.org, https://www.archaeological.org/events/29282, https://egypt.arizona.edu/content/fieldwork  

Oct 24 • Field Trip Flashback: The People of the Pecos Experience at the Witte
Relive the excitement from your first Witte field trip at Field Trip Flashback! Delve into experimental archaeology to explore the ancient techniques and materials and learn how the people of the lower Pecos region lived 4,000 years ago.  $30 for members, $35 for non-members.  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway.  Information: Joshua Segovia, 210-357-1901, joshuasegovia@wittemuseum.org, www.wittemuseum.org.

Oct. 26-28 • 89th Annual Texas Archeological Society Meeting
In celebration of the City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial, special presentation sessions, in addition to those generally offered, will focus on Spanish Colonial archeological investigations in San Antonio and through the American Southwest, Florida, and Mexico.  Professional and avocational archeologists, historians, conservationists, preservationists, and the general public are invited to attend this meeting and learn more about the important archeological work being conducted locally, around the state, and nationally.  Paper presentations, poster sessions, and local tours are just some of the many activities that will be offered during this exciting occasion.  See you in San Antonio. Registration forms for the meeting are available on the TAS webpage https://txarch.org/civicrm-event/189.  Registration ends October 11.  See Registration Page for Admission Friday 9 a.m.–Sunday 12 p.m. at the Menger Hotel 204 Alamo Plaza.  Information:  https://txarch.org/civicrm-event/189

Oct 30 • Dias de los Muertos Altar Workshop at Casa Navarro State Historic Site
Learn about the Día de los Muertos holiday and the basics of altar making. All craft supplies will be provided. Please bring a copy of a photo of a deceased loved one. Adults, children and families can create and decorate their own portable altar and take it home.  Refreshments and Pan de Muerto will be available.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  5:30-7:30 p.m. at Casa Navarro State Historic Site, 228 South Laredo Street.  Free parking is available at city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. https://www.downtowntuesday.com/.  Information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/events/dia-de-los-muertos-altar-workshop.

 

SAN AUGUSTINE, San Augustine Co.
Oct. 13 • Archaeology Lecture & Site Tour at the Mission Dolores State Historic Site
To celebrate Archaeology Month in October, Mission Dolores State Historic Site is hosting a lecture & tour of the archaeological site! Presenter will be Dr. George Avery, Director of the Archaeology Laboratory at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Program is designed for adult audiences.  Free.  1 -3 p.m. at Mission Dolores State Historic Site, 701 S. Broadway Street.  Information: Amanda Herterich at 936-275-3815 or amanda.carr@thc.texas.gov.

Oct. 13 • Simulated Excavation for Kids
Did you know October is Archaeology Month? Would you like to be an archaeologist for a day? Then join us for a simulated excavation to uncover historic treasures! Be sure to wear old clothes.  Free.  1 -3 p.m. at Mission Dolores State Historic Site, 701 S. Broadway Street.  Information: Amanda Herterich at 936-275-3815 or amanda.carr@thc.texas.gov.

 

SAN FELIPE, Austin Co.
Saturdays and Sundays in October • Texas Archeology Month Events at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
Celebrate Texas Archeology Month every weekend in October by visiting one of the state's most distinguished and unique archeological sites. San Felipe de Austin was burned to the ground during the Runaway Scrape of 1836 as fleeing residents evacuated ahead of Santa Anna's advancing Mexican army. Throughout weekends in October, site staff and volunteers will be engaged in active excavations, field analysis, themed walking tours and other archeological activities. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  All Day Event at 220 2nd Street.  Information: 979-885-2181, san-felipe@thc.texas.gov

 

VICTORIA, Victoria Co.
Oct. 3 • Collection Workshop – Preserve Your Treasures: Photographs.
Presented by Elizabeth Neucere, Collections & Exhibits Manager, Museum of the Coastal Bend
In this workshop, participants will work one-on-one with the MCB’s Exhibits and Collections Manager to learn how best to care for their photographs. Participants are to bring 10 4”x6” and 10 8”x10” or smaller photographs that will fit in archival sleeves provided by the MCB.  Advance registration is required by Wednesday, September 26.  Free for Members, $10 for the public.  2 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.  Information: 361-582-2434; http://www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/events/2018/10/03/default-calendar/oct.-3-collections-workshop---preserve-your-treasures-photographs

Oct. 4 • John W. Stormont Lecture: Gault and the Peopling of the Americas
Presented by Dr. Clarke Wernecke, Executive Director of The Gault School of Archaeological Research at Texas State University, San Marcos.  Though long-suspected, the discovery of human occupation in southern Chile prior to 13,500 years ago started a major shift in the way archaeologists and prehistorians looked at the peopling of the Americas. Other sites predating the earliest named culture in the Americas, Clovis, have now been identified and new hypotheses suggested to explain how and when the first peoples came to this hemisphere. The Gault Archaeological Site, 40 miles north of Austin, is contributing to this current debate with 150,000+ artifacts from a culture that dates to 16,000 years ago. In his presentation, Wernecke will discuss both our past and present understandings of Peopling of the Americas and the impact of the world-renowned Gault Site on this ongoing paradigm shift.  The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is organized by and takes place at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Lecture topics complement the museum’s mission of enhancing an appreciation and enjoyment for the heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend.   Free.  5:30 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.  Information: 361-582-2434.

Oct. 13 • Hands-on History: Archaeology
Studying the people of the past through items they left behind is an archaeologist's job. Stop by the museum to learn more about what it is archaeologists do and what the artifacts they uncover can tell us about the past. Make your own "pottery puzzles" and try out an atlatl on the front lawn.   All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.   10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.  Information: 361-582-2434; http://www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/events/2018/10/13/default-calendar...

Oct. 18 • John W. Stormont Lecture: From a ‘Ladies Auxiliary’ to a Driving Force for Women’s Rights: The Ladies of the American GI Fourum
Presented by Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Coordinator of the Mexican American Studies Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Quiroz discusses his latest research into the role of women with the American GI Forum, a national civil-rights organization birthed in South Texas that works to secure equal rights for Hispanic Americans and particularly Hispanic veteran. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is organized by and takes place at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Lecture topics complement the museum’s mission of enhancing an appreciation and enjoyment for the heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend.   Free.  5:30 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.  Information: 361-582-2434.

Oct. 14 • Home School Class: Archaeology Madness
This class is designed for home school students grades 3-7. Student will work together to learn about what it is archaeologists do and why archaeology is important. This session will focus on basic archaeological concepts such as stratigraphy.   $10 per student ($8 for Members) Parents/guardians are free. Registration deadline is the Saturday before each class.  1-3 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.    Information: 361-582-2559 or amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.

 

WACO, McLennan Co.
Oct. 1-31 • Central Texas Archeological Awareness Month
An exhibit of artifacts and from a significant Central Texas archeological site and information about archeology in Texas will be on display at McLennan Community College from Sept 21 through Oct 31 in the MCC Learning Resource Center/Library.  Sponsored by Central Texas Archeological Society and McLennan Community College, Social and Behavioral Science Division.  Open Daily at 1400 College Drive.  Information: Linda Pelon, lpelon@mclennan.edu, 469-744-0086.

Oct. 11 • Central Texas Archeological Society Archeological Information Fair
On October 11 the Central Texas Archeological Society Archeological Information Fair and Reception for Speakers willl be held from 5-6 pm followed by a presentation by students from Baylor University about their fieldwork at a significant archeological site in Central Texas.  The reception and speakers will be on the first floor of the Michaelis Academic Center.  Sponsored by Central Texas Archeological Society and McLennan Community College, Social and Behavioral Science Division.  5-6 p.m. at 1400 College Drive.  Information: Linda Pelon, lpelon@mclennan.edu, 469-744-0086.

 

WASHINGTON, Washington Co.
Oct. 6-7 • Cooking at the Quarters at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden.There’s nothing like a hot meal after a hard day of work. For the enslaved at Barrington, this typically meant cooking their ration of cured pork and cornmeal over an open fire, supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal for the enslaved using period ingredients and methods!  .  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.  Information Ben Baumgartner at 936-878-2214 x246, benjamin.baumgartner@tpwd.texas.gov; https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washington-on-the-brazos/cooking-at-the-quarters-2

Oct. 13-14 • Labour of Thine Hands
Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, get your hands dirty as you help mold bricks, help a surveyor measure with his chain or watch a potter turn clay into vessels. Experience history as it comes to life before your eyes!  Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily. Auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Farm where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our ancestors. Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, get your hands dirty as you help mold bricks, help a surveyor measure with his chain or watch a potter turn clay into vessels. Experience history as it comes to life before your eyes!  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.Information Ben Baumgartner at 936-878-2214 x246, benjamin.baumgartner@tpwd.texas.gov; https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washington-on-the-brazos/labour-of-thine-hands.

Oct. 20 • Living History Saturday at Independence Hall
Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence.  Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas!  (Activities will vary and some are weather dependent).  Kids’ Focus to include children’s toys and dress-up. Texas Archeology Month, hands-on artifact table.  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.  Information: Adam Arnold, 936-878-2214 ext. 228, adam.arnold@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/washington-on-the-brazos            

Oct. 21 • 19th Century Medicine at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time where medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x246.  Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time where medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade.  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.  Information, Barb King, 936-878-2214 X246, barb.king@tpwd.texas.gov; https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washington-on-the-brazos/19th-century-medicine-1.

Oct. 28 • Sowing Seeds at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
Come help us sow and rake in our Winter Wheat and hope for a bountiful harvest!  Anson Jones noted in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Sowed Wheat & finished sowing Rye…”  Although corn was the standard grain Anson Jones grew, he usually planted a smaller plot of another grain, such as wheat. Come help us sow and rake in our Winter Wheat and hope for a bountiful harvest!  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.  Information Ben Baumgartner at 936-878-2214 x246, benjamin.baumgartner@tpwd.texas.gov; https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washington-on-the-brazos/cooking-at-the-quarters-2

 

WEATHERFORD, Parker Co.
Oct. 13 • Pioneer Heritage Fest at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Family friendly festival celebrating history through archeology, historic interpretation, music, games, a market featuring handmade items, and food. The archeology portion will feature the newly relocated historical Newberry Cabin, a flintknapping demonstration, and a mock dig for children.  Sponsored by the Doss Heritage and Culture Center and Tarrant County Archeological Society.  Free 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive.  Information: Amanda Edwards at 817-599-6168 or curator@dosscenter.org;  Katrina Nuncio; 972-978-2413 or ksnuncio@aol.com; www.dosscenter.org.  

 

WEST COLUMBIA, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 6 • Hoggtoberfest at the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site 
Join us as Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site celebrates its annual Harvest Festival, now known as Hoggtoberfest! Hop aboard a fun-filled hayride and spend the evening strolling through the barn to see the tools and wagons used during harvests of the 1800s. Stop by the garden to see sugar cane grow, learn how it’s harvested, and even taste a sample. Visitors may also take pictures with one of the site’s scarecrows while enjoying crafts, refreshments, and storytelling.  Come and experience the fun and excitement of the harvest season at Varner-Hogg!  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  12 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 1702 N. 13th Street.  Information: 979-345-4656, varner-hogg@thc.texas.gov

Oct. 27 • An Eerie Evening at Varner-Hogg
Join us for the “Walking with the Dead” Cemetery tour - a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s era Patton Family Cemetery,  and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness. Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site’s last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the effect it had on his family, as well as his plantation.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Advance tickets go on sale August 1st for $6.  Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $8 per person.  6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at 1702 N. 13th Street.  Information: 979-345-4656, varner-hogg@thc.texas.gov

 

 

About TAM

The THC partners to organize TAM events with a number of dedicated individuals and organizations each year, the primary organizers being the THC’s Texas Archeological Stewardship Network (TASN), Texas Archeological Society, and County Historical Commissions (CHC). These organizations have been joined by various other TAM event coordinators that represent local, regional, and statewide organizations.

Traditionally, TAM organizers include regional archeological and historical societies, museums, libraries, schools, and other educational institutions, along with parks, preserves, and historic sites. In addition, we also have TAM events that are hosted by professional associations, natural and cultural resource management firms, military organizations, conservancy groups, and even chambers of commerce.

TAM would not be possible without our supporters and the help of our stewards who organize, promote, and facilitate much of this annual statewide event.