The Texas Historical Commission’s state historic sites are developing fun and engaging in-person summer programs for youth to learn about history and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The state historic sites offer many opportunities for budding historians across the state, so discover an upcoming event near you.
For complete information, go to thc.texas.gov.
Eisenhower Birthplace — Denison
Learn about the leadership qualities exemplified by Ike while also gaining an understanding of how these qualities can be utilized in everyday life. This summer program is for children ages 10 and up. Explore more events and activities happening at Eisenhower Birthplace this summer.
Varner-Hogg Plantation — West Columbia
Varner-Hogg Plantation has a truckload of fun activities and crafts ready to bring summer fun to kids at the new summer pop-ups in West Columbia, Brazoria and Sweeny. These and other activities will help children ages 12 and younger learn about the many people who have lived, worked, and built community in the region.
San Jacinto Battleground — La Porte
Do you have what it takes to be a soldier in the Texas Revolution? Find out at San Jacinto Battleground. At the Join the Texian Army summer program, you can watch weapon demonstrations, participate in (wooden) musket drills, make (candy) bullet cartridges, and see how soldiers lived during the Texas Revolution.
Star of the Republic Museum — Washington
Join the Star of the Republic Museum for Hands-On-History to make a floating ball toy, a favorite of kids in the Republic! The craft will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until supplies last, and is free for children 5-18 with a paid admission to the museum.
National Museum of the Pacific War — Fredericksburg
These short, interactive, fun and free living history presentations are presented in the amphitheater of the Pacific Combat Zone at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Topics include: Weapons of War, “Gear Up,” about soldiers’ personal equipment during World War II; “Keep ‘em Rolling,” about World War II vehicles; Navy Fighter Planes; Battlefield Communications; and Women in Uniform.
Landmark Inn — Castroville
It’s story time at the inn! Bring the whole family to enjoy a special reading of “Armadilly Chili” and take home a historic recipe for hot sauce to spice up your own chili. This program is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn State Historic Site.
Sam Bell Maxey House — Paris
Families can join the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site in Paris and learn about the history and use of Morse code while crafting their own hidden message bracelet.