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Museum hosting ‘LaSalle and Fort St. Louis’ on Nov. 10

Members of the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team will share their experiences, knowledge and preservation efforts in “Lunch & Learn: LaSalle and Fort St. Louis” at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend.

The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and join the discussion in person or online. Advance registration is required to attend the event in person. Due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, guests to all Victoria College facilities are required to wear a facial covering, have their temperatures taken and pass a health screening. Social distancing will also be required.

The exact location of La Salle’s ill-fated 17th-century French colony of Fort St Louis was unknown until 1996. The wreck of La Salle’s ship La Belle was found around the same time.

“The resulting excavations produced artifacts that have taught us a lot about the colonists and their struggles to survive in an unfamiliar land,” said Heather Para, the museum’s exhibitions and collections manager. “Many of these artifacts are on display in the Museum of the Coastal Bend. This program will feature participants on both excavations who will share their experiences working the two digs and discuss some of their favorite artifacts from the fort and the shipwreck.”

The presentation can be viewed online by clicking on the “Events” tab at MuseumOfTheCoastalBend.org.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is “pay-what-you-want.”

To register for the event, call (361) 582-2511.