Celebration to mark Stone Fort Museum’s 80th anniversary
6 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 15
Alongside Nacogdoches’ celebration of its 300th anniversary and Stephen F. Austin State University’s preparation for its 100th, the Stone Fort Museum on the SFA campus will honor 80 years of service to the university and community during a celebration slated for Oct. 15.
SFA Piney Woods Fiddlers will open the 80th celebration at 6 p.m. at the fort before City of Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn reads a proclamation regarding the fort’s historical importance. The public is then invited to participate in come-and-go activities, including a Dutch oven-cooking demonstration by Nacogdoches Boy Scouts and a discussion of life as a Texian soldier by David Pistole, living history re-enactor.
The exhibit “El Camino Real de los Tejas and Building Nacogdoches: 1716 - 2016” will be on display during the event and is an outgrowth of a decade-long project on the Camino Real, dating back to the 1998 award-winning exhibit, ‘Traversing the Wilderness: El Camino Real in Eastern Texas.’ A series of workshops from 2008 through 2012 introduced educators to the national historic trail, and in 2015, the museum completed the initial installation of a Spanish Colonial demonstration garden that interprets native and introduced plants along the trail. The current exhibit focuses on the trail along which the Spanish traveled on their way to eastern Texas, the people and places along the trail and their impact on the development of Nacogdoches.
A John Wayne film, “The Big Trail,” will be shown on the Stone Fort’s north lawn beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a brief introduction by Jeff Williams, an expert of the Camino Real trail, who will discuss the difference between trail travel fiction and reality. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (936) 468-2408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campus of Stephen F. Austin State University is home to a fort, and not just any fort. A fort that was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon - but never a fort. A fort that was built three times, and a fort that was torn down by men to be re-erected by women. Read more about the history of the Stone Fort.
Admission for individuals is free of charge. Educational programs are by reservation only. Call 936-468-2408 for group rates and more information.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and University Holidays.
From North Street, Business Highway 59, enter Stephen F. Austin State University at Griffith Boulevard. The Museum will be on your left at the intersection of Griffith and Clarke Boulevards. Free parking for visitors is available only on the front and the south sides of the Museum. Paid parking is available in the covered garage across from the Museum.
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