The Witte Museum is proud to partner with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to present a unique exhibit highlighting many remarkable archeological finds discovered as part of the San Antonio River Improvements Project. If the River Could Talk: 12,000 Years of Life on the San Antonio River will be on view in the Piper Memorial Wing June 16 through August 12.
Coinciding with SARA’s 75th anniversary celebration, this exhibit boasts rare artifacts including fossils, stone tools and even a 122 year-old preserved message in a bottle. Illuminating the story of the abundant natural and cultural resources that make the San Antonio River so vital to our region, If the River Could Talk gives visitors insights into the river’s ecology, the relevance of each artifacts and the archaeological science that unearthed these treasures. Many of the rare artifacts on display are being seen by the public for the first time since their excavation.
“The Witte Museum has long celebrated the San Antonio River, as evidenced in our many hands-on activities that encourage visitors to explore the environment and its history. As we move forward with our plans to embrace the water around us, we are so pleased to present this exciting exhibit that speaks to the vitality and impact of our city’s beloved river,” said Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum.
If the River Could Talk: 12, 000 Years of Life on the San Antonio Riverincludes interactive and enlightening displays of river tools, chronicling the thousands of years that hunters and gatherers lived and worked along the river. The exhibit also delivers an extraordinary look at the different species that have inhabited the San Antonio River throughout history, from Clovis points, to an armadillo-like glyptodon, to variety of snails!
If the River Could Talk is generously supported by the San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio River Foundation and the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs.