HMNS Weekly Happenings

September 18, 2017
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Lecture – The Religious Question: Texas Colonization, Mexico and Church, 1770-1836 by Brian Stauffer

Taken from p. 20 of San Juan Capistrano Mission by Engelhardt, Zephyrin (1922). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Religious dynamics played a part in shaping the fortunes of Texas starting in her days as the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Mexico’s rupture with Spain in 1821 raised new questions about the place of the powerful Catholic Church in an independent republic. This so-called “Religious Question” quickly came to occupy a dominant place in the public debate in Mexico, driving partisan rancor, diplomatic conflicts, and even armed insurrection. Texas, then a frontier outpost, was not immune to these conflicts, and was in some ways on the frontline as it was quickly filling with non-Catholic immigrants.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18



STEM/Nova Day

Save the date! Join us Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Scouts@HMNS is proud to host our third annual STEM/Nova Day on Saturday, September 23rd for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their families! Scouts will have access to the Museum at a discounted rate while working towards requirements for Nova Awards. The program will begin at 9am and conclude at 1pm. Scouts will have the opportunity to work on certain STEM/Nova Awards during their visit to HMNS.

We’ll also have STEM Professional Booths available, so scouts can visit with STEM professionals from a variety of industries. Afternoon classes will be available to complete the required Adventures for both Nova Awards! Be sure to stop by the check-in table in the Museum’s Grand Hall that morning to access discounted pricing and discover what requirements you can meet!

Cub Scouts and Webelos STEM/Nova Awards: Out of this World and Swing!
Boy Scouts STEM/Nova Awards: Whoosh! and Start your Engines!

Cub Scouts and Webelos, looking to get an early start on your STEM/Nova Award? Participate in our first annual STEM/Nova Overnight to get a head start on your Out of this World STEM/Nova Award.

STEM Professional Booths

This year, we will be offering the opportunity for STEM organizations to host a STEM Professional Booth to talk with scouts and their families about science, technology, engineering and math! At each booth, organizations will have a STEM activity or demonstration to share with STEM/Nova participants as well as the general public visiting HMNS on STEM/Nova Day. For more information on hosting a STEM Professional Booth, read through the Frequently Asked Questions for STEM Professional Booths. To apply to host a booth, fill out the STEM Professional Booth Application and email to

FAQ STEM Professional Booths

Application-STEM Professional Booths

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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