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Dragons appear in multiple cultures around the world. Though their appearance, meaning and significance varies between cultures, humans remain fascinated with the mythical creature. Western dragons from European myths typically have four legs and large wings. Quetzalcóatl from the Aztec culture is depicted as a double headed serpent without...

This cigar box in the Institute of Texan Cultures collections was for a private blend of cigars, made especially for the exclusive Travis Club in San Antonio. They were produced by the Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio, Texas. In an interview conducted by ITC, the grandson of Mr....

The San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway or “SAAP” was a railway system that connected San Antonio to Aransas Bay. It was chartered in August 28, 1884 with its first stop in Floresville. It was one of only two railroad systems that came out of San Antonio. The railway...

This is the December, 1959 edition of the Franklin Texan. In this issue, the story concerns the death of Walter Williams, a man who claimed to be a former confederate soldier and the last veteran of the Civil War. Texas seceded in 1861, alongside other southern states to form...

This object is a Greek Bishop’s miter, or ceremonial headpiece. It’s an elaborate headdress made from brocade, with elaborate embroidery and embellishments, and depicting Christian symbols and figures. It belonged to Bishop John of Amorion, who was the first American-born bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church. He was ordained...

These six postcards were produced for HemisFair ’68. The first postcard, top left hand corner, is a picture of the food from around the world. Many varieties of international foods were served in cool outdoor plazas, and fine dining restaurants throughout the park. Food, while always an important part...