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Hands on History | A Web Series

Our Next Episode Airs:

November 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 5:45 pm

Are you enjoying The Bryan Museum’s fun, exciting, and engaging web series featuring historian and reenactor, Dennis Jones! Tune in to the 6th episode on November 24 at 5:30 PM! RSVP below to receive notifications when NEW episodes are out.


Money, Money, Money: History of Counting Money: Ep. 1

The saying goes, money makes the world go ‘round. In this video, learn about the history of money in Texas. Dennis Jones shows examples of the Spanish real, the escudo, pieces of eight, and the “bit.” Learn about the importance, or unimportance of money, and how it was counted.


So You Want to Come to Texas? You Better Know How to Start a Fire: Ep. 3

Have you ever seen a tinder box? Learn how a fire was started in the beginning days of Texas settlement with a common, important tool – a tinder box.

So You Want to Come to Texas? Get Ready to Eat Hardtack Ep. 5

A way to preserve flour was to make hardtacks. It was easy to transport and travel with. Not as tasty to eat but definetly something that would last you days and keep you alive.

Bang for Your Buck: History of the Buck: Ep. 2

If you had to choose between a dollar bill, a silver coin, and a deerskin, which would you choose? Your answer would probably be different as a settler of Texas. In this video, Dennis Jones explains how we got to the modern dollar bill, and why it is sometimes referred to as a “buck.”


So You Want to Come to Texas? You Better Bring Water: Ep. 4

Water is a vital life source. During the Westward Expansion, a person’s access to water impacted the success of a journey. In this video, learn about the variety of canteens used in history to transport water and how much water affected settlement. 




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