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El Camino Real de los Tejas Education Workshops

The Stone Fort Museum will host two workshops in June 2012 exploring the cultural history of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.  Two locations - Natchitoches, Louisiana and Victoria, Texas - will provide a rich setting for participants and offer variety for those who are interested in attending both events. 

The workshops are funded by the National Park Service – Intermountain Region, and represent more than a decade of involvement by the Stone Fort Museum in educational programming and interpretation of the Camino Real.   El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was added to the National Trails System in 2004. It crosses Texas into northwest Louisiana and is the historic trail linking Mexico City with the Spanish Colonial capital at Los Adaes, near Robeline, Louisiana.

Each workshop will open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and end after lunch on Friday.  Registrants should plan to arrive the evening of Wednesday, June 6th for an early start on Thursday.  After the close of the workshop on Friday, stay over for a weekend of exploration!  Both locations are rich in cultural resources for the heritage tourism traveler.  Follow the links for each local convention and visitors bureau site for information on lodging, restaurants, and local attractions.

Natchitoches, Louisiana
Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2012
Host facility: Natchitoches Event Center
750 Second Street
Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Victoria, Texas
Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15, 2012
Host facility: Victoria Preservation, Inc.
205 West Goodwin Avenue
Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau

Teachers, museum educators, interpretive planners, natural resource managers, volunteers, and members of the public interested in better understanding trail history are welcome.

The workshops will provide participants with the knowledge and know-how to educate others on the trail and the development of this national resource.  Faculty, staff and researchers from across the region will provide instruction on the history of the trail’s development, the historic landscape, and research methods currently in use to document trail resources.  Participants will take a field trip and tour a remnant of the trace and historic sites associated with the trail. A resource manual and take-home materials include speakers' notes, two DVD presentations on the history of the trail, prepared lesson plans, images and an oversize presentation map of the trail.

Participants earn 12 hours Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.  The Stone Fort Museum is a Department in the College of Liberal & Applied Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University, an approved provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Participants will learn from faculty, staff and researchers from across the region, including: the Caddo Lake Institute, National Park Service, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas State University, San Marcos.


Registration is $60 per person and includes all sessions, a field trip, a resource manual and four meals.  To reserve a place at one or both workshops, send a completed REGISTRATION FORM to the Stone Fort Museum Friday, May 25, 2012.  Space is limited.

E-mail: Fax: 936-468-7084
Mail: Stone Fort Museum, P.O. Box 6075, SFASU, Nacogdoches, TX 75962

We accept purchase orders, credit card payments and checks.

Follow the links below to each convention and visitors bureau site to find information on available lodging.   Both venues have a wide array of hotels, motels, as well as bed and breakfasts. Registrants are encouraged to reserve a room as early as possible.  Local hotels and motels in Victoria, Texas fill quickly by oil and gas industry employees.

Natchitoches, Louisiana:  Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Victoria, Texas:  Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau
Google Public Map:  ECR 2012 Stone Fort Museum

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