Bullock Texas State History Museum presents Cool Summer Nights
The Bullock Texas State History Museum will host the second annual Cool Summer Nights event series, with three free evenings of culture, community, after hours exhibition exploration, and unique interactive experiences.
This year's series kicks off on Friday, June 21 with the theme of Identity, a nod to the Museum's newly expanded first floor gallery exploring the earliest inhabitants of the land we now call Texas. Guests can explore their own origin stories and connections to Texas culture through designing custom journals, writing poetry, playing Texas wildflower bingo, and creating collages. Performances include powwow dancing with Nan Blasingame from Great Promise for American Indians and Mariachi Cielo Azul, one of the top performance-based mariachis in Texas.
The series continues on July 19 with an event highlighting the many ways the American experience has been impacted by inventions, technologies and cultural movements, in conjunction with the exhibition, "WWI America." Guests can try printing with a WWI-era printing press, explore writing on vintage typewriters, learn early twentieth century dances like the Charleston and Foxtrot, and witness an abstract moving image and audio performance.
The final event on August 9 takes inspiration from the original exhibition, "Cowboys in Space & Fantastic Worlds," opening July 13. Activities include space-themed screen printing, sci-fi music creation, space travel and fabric transfers, and astronomy observations on the Lone Star Plaza.
Each of the three events will include free access to three floors of exhibitions, a vinyl DJ and dance floor, a photo booth, and complimentary samples of sparkling water and coffee. The Museum's Story of Texas Cafe will be open late to offer food for purchase, and multiple cash bars will serve signature themed cocktails featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka.