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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Fun activities, more help us reflect on past

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 10, 2013 at 1:10 a.m.


History is fascinating. much can be learned from the people and events of the past. And this weekend, Victoria residents will have a selection of history-themed events to enjoy and learn from.

Beginning Friday, Crossroads residents can get a unique glimpse into Victoria's history through a creative set of activities called Dig Our History Days. Every day in DeLeon Plaza from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can take part in an archaeology dig project. Visitors will also have a myriad of other activities to enjoy, including walking tours of Victoria's historic downtown area, a guided driving tour of Old Victoria, tours of Evergreen Cemetery and the Victoria County Courthouse, music in the square, archaeology exhibits and much more.

In addition, the Nave Museum and the Museum of the Coastal Bend will offer free admission during this time. Dig Our History Days will be coordinated by the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Museum of the Coastal Bend and Victoria Preservation Inc. and will run through Monday.

If residents want a more academic look at history, Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria will hold the Vietnam Experience Conference on Thursday and Friday. The conference will host six panels in the Multipurpose Room of the University Center building at UHV with different topics about the war, including a look at leadership, tactical choices, dissent and hearing personal accounts from some of the people who experienced the conflict firsthand. In addition, there will be extra lunch and dinner sessions at UHV and a keynote speaker at the Leo J. Welder Center in downtown Victoria on Friday. Registration costs $15 for one day, $20 for both days or $30 for a couple. Registration for the lunch and dinner speakers is closed.

Both of these events offer multiple days of interesting exploration through history at a relatively low cost. We encourage Crossroads residents to take advantage of the opportunities offered by both of these events to investigate and become more familiar with the past. In one, you can learn about the previous residents and cultures of the Victoria area. In the other, you can examine one of the most turbulent, contentious wars in the last century from multiple angles, including through the eyes of those who lived it.

Both of these events offer unique perspectives and the opportunities to investigate important parts of our history. If you prefer to learn through activities and see the history of our hometown and the Crossroads, attend the Dig Our History Days. If you want to explore a period of unrest in our country a hear the stories from area veterans and others, attend the Vietnam Experience Conference. Whichever you choose to participate in, we know it will be a valuable experience. Take the time to appreciate and learn from our history, so we can use that knowledge as we move into the future.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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