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Texan Cultures Collections is an experimental weblog that is designed to make the collections of the Institute of Texan Cultures more accessible to all audiences: source communities, students, the general public, educators, and research scholars. The museum hopes that those who visit the site will feel encouraged to share their own knowledge and experience of, and with, the kinds of objects and stories conveyed on the site. Comments on particular postings are one way to accomplish this. Email to the museum staff is another. Please address object related comments to ITC.Curator@utsa.edu and educational resource related comments to ITCeducation@utsa.edu.

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About the Institute of Texan Cultures

The Institute of Texan Cultures, through its research, collections, exhibits and programs, serves as the forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans.

The museum is a component of The University of Texas at San Antonio. It plays a role in the university’s community engagement initiatives by developing quality, accessible resources for educators and lifelong learners on topics of cultural heritage. It strives to develop a rich and vibrant culture in the arts and humanities that will expand the community’s awareness and appreciation of Texas through an engaging series of exhibits, programs, and special events.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located in downtown San Antonio on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk. The museum opened as the Texas State Exhibits Pavilion, which was built for the 1968 HemisFair celebration. Today, the museum pursues a mandate as the state’s center for multicultural education by investigating the ethnic and cultural history of the state and presenting the resulting information.

The Institute’s collections support the museum’s mission and research needs, as well as supplement, wherever possible, the research needs of the university. Artifacts in the permanent collection reflect Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Objects have a unique way of connecting people of the present with people of the past — they offer a shared physical presence over space and time.


Help Support ITC!

The Institute of Texan Cultures relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations to continue its educational mission and to serve as a forum for multicultural understanding. You can help by making a donation, becoming a museum member or FolkLife Festival friend, donating historic artifacts to the museum’s collections, becoming a volunteer or intern, or even simply sharing your ITC experiences on social media and in your community!

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