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From Scraps to Souvenirs

Galveston’s Ships Mechanic Row got its name back in the 19th Century when it was an artery of the island’s…

A Key to Understanding

I know a museum has triumphed when I leave a bit stunned, new realizations having just taken hold. Before my…

Pure Resolution

Okay, I admit it. I still like to play Cowboys and Indians. I’m fascinated by vintage images of frontier days…

In the Bag

I do a lot of traveling and have developed a system over the years. I keep a kit packed with…

Art Within Reach

These days, Marfa gets all the attention as an arts destination in West Texas. While the reputation is well-deserved, with…

Get Your Kicks (and Souvenirs)

How can one explain the neon magnetism of Route 66? Before this summer, I could quote a few lines of…

Stitching the Alamo

The recent bestowing of World Heritage Site status to San Antonio’s five missions—the first attractions in Texas to receive this…

The Missing Ingredient

Stepping into the brightly colored display area of the Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market in San Antonio was like entering…

A Gonzales Takeaway

When empresario Green DeWitt was given approval from the Mexican government in 1825 to establish a 400-family colony in south…

Textile Style

A small bell tinkles as I push open the door and enter the store, worn wooden floorboards creaking beneath my…

Nuts About San Saba

Pecans permeate the shady town of San Saba, emerging in pies, jams, and candies; infusing local coffee, beer, and steaks;…

Reflections on Glass

On my last day of a weeklong stay in Port Aransas, I set off to find a souvenir to remind…
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