Blinn’s Star of the Republic Museum extends ‘Hands-on History’ program

Blinn College’s Star of the Republic Museum is extending its “Hands-on History” program due to popular demand.

Each Saturday through Aug. 15, children of all ages are invited to participate in “Hands-on History,” where they can learn the craft behind such skills as weaving, pin making, quill writing, knot tying and more, all while learning bits of Texas history from museum staff.

“The response to ‘Hands-on History’ has been very favorable this month, and we’re excited to offer more activities for visitors throughout the remainder of the summer,” said Donna Barker, visitor services coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for children to get immersed in the history of the Texas Republic.”

The “Hands-on History” sessions are available during normal business hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Length of the sessions is dependent on individual museum patrons. There is no additional cost to participate in the sessions and children are invited to take their crafts home.

  • June 27: Beading and Weaving
  • July 4: Uncle Sam Patriotic Pins
  • July 11: Tissue Paper Flowers
  • July 18: Quill Writing
  • July 25: Knot Tying
  • 1: Embroidery
  • 8: Buzz Saw Toys
  • 15: Corn Husk Dolls

Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic from 1836-1846 and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans.

The museum is located off Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.starmuseum.org or call 936-878-2461, ext. 237.