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April 19, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

Museum of the Coastal Bend's Texas pioneer challenge,  "Colonization Live! A Family Discovery" event, is  Saturday.

Do you have what it takes to be a Texas pioneer during the first part of the 1800s?

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will give you the chance to find out at its "Colonization Live! A Family Discovery" event Saturday.

Visitors can participate in hands-on challenges inspired by the steps of settling on the frontier. During the challenges, visitors can:• Pack a wagon-sized area by making choices about which supplies to take in a limited space.

•  Consider natural resources while claiming a plot of land.

•  Race against time to plant and harvest crops.

•  Learn about cholera and try to stay safe during an epidemic.

"This event is about life in Texas during the population boom of the 1820s and 1830s when Texas was part of a Mexican frontier state," said Isabel Van Dyke, curator of Education and Public Programs at the museum. "Thousands of people settled in the region, including the first residents of what became the city of Victoria. Visitors will learn what brought the settlers here and how they adapted to the land through game-based activities."

The museum, 2200 E. Red River St., will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is pay-what-you-want.

For more information, contact Isabel Van Dyke at 361-582-2559 or email



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