Institute of Texan Cultures

Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Mexican Pilots in World War II
National Archives

If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.

As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."

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Arts & Culture
2:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

ITC Exhibits Vital Role Of Native American "Code Talkers" In War

Toledo Cousins
Photo courtesy National Archives

The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.

"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future

Hundreds of thousands of people visit ITC each year.
Expedia

For many San Antonians, there are certain places that immediately bring back the past.

That’s exactly what Angelica Docog, the new director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, is hoping to change.

“I think many people still think of us as a beloved icon, which we are, which we love, which we love being,” she said. “However, I think to some of the challenges we have is -- as you know, ITC was created in 1968 and many people still have that image of us of being stuck, for lack of a better term, in 1968."

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The Source - June 6, 2013
10:30 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Source: VIA Streetcar Routes | Folklife Festival

VIA Metropolitan Transit June 6, 2013

In the first segment:

Six possible rail routes have been proposed in VIA's new streetcar proposal. $210 million is the number VIA has to work with, and according to the San Antonio Express-News only two of the proposed routes fit the bill which could ranges from $182 million to $272 million.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military

Eileen Pace TPR News

Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.  

Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.

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The Source - May 1, 2013
6:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Source: Payday Lending's Big Influence At The Capitol

http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/how-payday-loans-work-85899452693
pewstates.org

In the first segment:

It appears that regardless of what passes or doesn't pass in the legislature this month, the San Antonio city ordinance on payday lenders in San Antonio will remain.

According to Texans for Public Justice, an anti-corruption advocacy nonprofit, payday lenders had more than $3.7 million in donations to state lawmaker campaigns since 2010.  

The organization says the payday loan lobby is fueling a "tepid" set of reforms.  

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Fiesta 2013
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

See San Antonio History At The Institute Of Texan Culture's Fiesta Medal Mania

A previous "Heavy Medal" contest winner's sash. It weighed about 10 pounds and includes 208 medals -- all from a single year's Fiesta celebration
Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit is on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures showcasing 1,200 Fiesta medals from years past, well ahead of this year's Fiesta celebration.

Call it a 'living history' of a beloved pastime for San Antonio's Fiesta celebration, Fiesta Medal Mania is a new partnership between the Fiesta Commission and UTSA.

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St. Patrick's Day
11:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising The Profile Of Irish Heritage In San Antonio

Kevin Dowd, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, prepares hundreds of pounds of meat for the Hooley celebration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As members of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas began preparations for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, including a Saturday "Hooley," President Kevin Dowd reflected on the tradition.

"The Irish will fight to the death for what they believe in," he said as he cut hundreds of sausage links at Beethoven Maennerchor Hall on Pereida St. "Right or wrong, that's just the way we're made."

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Community Giving
4:11 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Historic Pictures Help Rekindle Fire Department Toy Day Drive Of 1930's

Firefighters from the 1930's held Toy Day to collect presents for the children of San Antonio
San Antonio Light Collection - UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.

Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Famous Texans' Hats and Shoes at ITC Exhibit

Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman's boots, cowboy hat and cigars on display that the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures' "Texans Head to Foot" exhibit.
Courtesy Photo Institute of Texan Cultures

If you're looking for a quiet activity to wrap up Spring Break, think about hoofing it downtown to the Institute of Texan Cultures for the "Head to Foot" exhibit.  You'll find an array of shoes, boots, hats and spurs of famous — and inspiring — Texans, which tell their unique Lone Star State stories.

There are the mud-caked boots optimistically worn by Kinky Friedman during his run for governor. 

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