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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

4th Graders Visit New Fulton Mansion Education and History Center

By Lara Garner, Fulton Mansion Educator

Fall is certainly in full swing here at Fulton Mansion. Our calendars are filling up quickly with events and school programs. Last month, we were proud to welcome the entire 4th grade class of more than 200 students from Fulton Learning Center, located just down the road from the museum and named after our very own George Fulton! This visit coincides with their annual study of state history during the 4th grade school year.

This is the first time we’ve had a large group of students enjoy our exhibits in the new Fulton Mansion Education and History Center, which opened at the end of August. It was a smashing success! The 4th graders thoroughly enjoyed playing “junior engineers” by building a model of the Cincinnati Covington Suspension Bridge (designed by George Fulton), and trying on cowboy and ranching clothes—a few teachers might have even been lassoed.

The students also enjoyed dressing our Victorian mannequin in the “Life in Victorian Rockport” section of the new exhibits. Many of the students were surprised to learn how many layers a Victorian lady had to wear on a daily basis, especially in the hot summer weather. Our Fulton Learning Center visitors also enjoyed playing with our new touch screen interactive, which includes designing your own cattle brand certificate or using a camera to insert your face into an old Fulton family photo. Giggles were shared by the students and staff alike as they played with the interactive.

Another portion of the interactive includes a “leave your thoughts” section. Some of our favorite remarks from the students included, “I love the Fulton Mansion” and “Jillian and Sydney love the Fulton Mansion and we love Halloween” (referring to our big Halloween on the Harbor event). After enjoying the exhibits and interactive in the Education and History Center, the students went on to tour the Mansion. They were inquisitive, engaged, and always energetic. We look forward to welcoming these students back in the years to come.

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The site is part of the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

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