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  • Welcome to the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center Blog

    by Fran Stephenson | May 07, 2012

    Here's Where We'll Tell the Stories of This Place

    It’s a big name for a big place. We’re so excited for the opening of the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center that we’ve launched this blog to continue telling the stories that will be revealed when the Witte’s newest addition opens May 26.

    We’ve talked about it for so long in general terms, but now we’re switching gears to look more closely at a place that, frankly, our team can’t wait to share with the San Antonio community.

    So what is the South Texas Heritage Center? 

    south texas heritage center buildingIt is the transformation of Pioneer Hall into a 20,000 square foot, two story building which preserves the integrity of ...

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  • South Texas Heritage Center Grand Opening

    by Tim Smith | May 01, 2012

    Witte Museum Opens Much-Anticipated Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center

    It’s time South Texas reclaimed the legendary story of this wild and vivid land, and the Witte Museum is doing just that with the grand opening of the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26, 2012. This untamed country was the birthplace of ranching empires that continue today and was the crucible from which emerged the American Cowboy from his Vaquero forbearers. The South Texas Heritage Center, a 20,000 square-foot, two-story building that incorporates the historic Pioneer Hall, serves as a permanent home for the Witte’s South Texas collections, exhibitions and public programs, combined with the latest ...

  • South Texas Glossary

    by Tim Smith | May 01, 2012

    12 words and phrases that every South Texan should know

    Acequia
    An acequia (pronounced ah-sek-ee-ah) is a community-operated waterway used in Spain and former Spanish colonies in the Americas for irrigation. An acequia can flow through a pipe or over an aqueduct, but most are simple open ditches with dirt banks. In San Antonio the acequias provided drinking water and carried water to distant fields for almost 200 years and some are still in use today.

    Freighter
    The long haul truckers of their day, freighters were independent entrepreneurs who transported goods between cities. They used small ox-drawn wagons called carretas to move goods over trails connecting major port cities and inland destinations such as San Antonio and Laredo. They faced ...

  • South Texas Heritage Center is for Kids Too

    by Tim Smith | May 01, 2012

    Kids try hands-on frontier fun at the new Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum

    Children played a role in the early days of the South Texas frontier, and at the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, there are plenty of exhibits that offer a glimpse at what life was like here for kids in the 1800s. From a ranching teenager talking about his first cattle drive to a hands-on lesson in loading up a burro, the South Texas Heritage Center offers young people a chance to experience life in the early days of San Antonio and South Texas.

    The all-new South Texas Heritage Center ...