Get a glimpse into the past and experience what life was like in South Texas during the 1800s at the Witte Museum’s Time Travel Saturdays, Noon-4 p.m. on May 25, June 22 and August 17! Each Time Travel Saturday is included with museum general admission.
The Witte celebrates the one year anniversary of the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center in true South Texas form with La Chili Queen y El Serrano on May 25.
The Witte unveils a brand new Gallery Theater play, La Chili Queen y El Serrano, written by Marisela Barrera. The play is centered around Jovita, the host of her family’s chili stand in San Antonio’s Plaza de Armas (Military Plaza) in 1889. Lupe, her best customer, listens to Jovita tell stories that reveal the roots of San Antonio’s Chili Queens—women entrepreneurs who fed their community food and stories in public plazas. Taste the authentic enchiladas made famous by the Chili Queens, plus, get hands-on with games and activities from the 19th century.
Explore the use of plants through time not only for food, but for medicinal, practical and survival uses as well at Growing Wild in Texas on June 22. Try your hand at using plants to make strong rope, see how a broom maker uses plants to craft a broom and visit the apothecary to learn which plants could cure what ails you! Discover the many uses of the cactus plant— touch it, taste it and smell it! Afterwards, find out which plants grow wild in Texas and which ones are invasive species;and compare how plants were used by the first people in Texas to the present day gardener.
The year 1835 was big for Texas. This was the year the Texas Revolution began. The year Davy Crockett said “you can all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!” The year the “Come and Take It” flag flew over Gonzales. Join us for 1835 on August 17 and explore life in Texas before and during the Revolution with the Witte Museum’s InterActors, hands-on activities and games. Then, the Witte pays tribute to Davy Crockett’s 227th birthday with a performance by Dean Shostak, violinist, who will play the very violin owned and played by Crockett from the Witte Museum Collection!
For more information call 210.357.1910 or visit www.WitteMuseum.org.