A new temporary exhibit titled “Winning the West: Firearms in the Texas Coastal Bend” uses historic guns, photographs, toys and artwork to show the links that firearms have to regional history and culture.
Curator Eric Ray said guns were a source of food for settlers making a new home in Texas. They were also instrumental in the establishment of Texas during the Texas Revolution. Victorians commissioned a shipment of guns to be used in the revolution, though the guns never made it to Texas. They were lost in a shipwreck in Matagorda Bay, and pieces were recovered in 1998 by the Texas Historical Commission.
“The guns didn’t make it here in time for the Revolution,” Ray said, “but they’re making it to Victoria after all, even if it’s almost 180 years late.”
The exhibit will run through the fall. The museum is still seeking guns and gun-related artifacts for the exhibit. For information, contact Ray at 361-582-2511 or stop by the Museum of the Coastal Bend, located on VC’s Main Campus.