Living History

Living historian in U.S. Mexican War uniform address the audience.
A living historian gives a talk.


History Comes to Life

Attend a living history program at the park and enjoy a unique learning experience. You’ll get to chat with living historians and listen to stories about battle of Palo Alto and the Mexican War. Our living history programs include live musket and artillery demonstrations. In short, Palo Alto's living history programs offer something for everyone.

Program Info

The park's living history season runs from September to May. Programs are usually held on the first Saturday of month with the exception of October and November. Programs are held so dress accordingly. Musket and artillery demonstrations are dependent upon weather and may not be offered at all programs. Check our calendar for the most up to date program information.

Living historians in Mexican War era U.S. infantry uniforms.
Wool makes a long lasting uniform. But it's no fun to wear in the South Texas sun.


A Uniform Appearance

Military uniforms used during the Mexican War looked very different from ones used today. Living historians wearing replica 19th century U.S. and Mexican military uniforms and equipment are present at every program. What did it feel like to wear wool uniforms? Find out for yourself—there are usually a few extra uniforms pieces available for visitors to try on.

Mexican War era camp table setting.
Make sure to spend some time interacting with our living historians at the camp.


Soldier Life

When you attend a living history program at Palo Alto, you get a glimpse at soldier life during the Mexican War. The look and feel of the living history camp changes program to program. What can you expect? You may see the ins and outs of a camp kitchen. You might be asked to pull up a chair and sit in on a game of Monte. Or you can simply enjoy watching soldiers perform marching and weapons drills. The park's living history program is meant to provide visitors with an engaging experience. We encourage you to interact freely with our living historians.

The park is always looking for new living historians. If you’re interested, contact us at (956) 541-2785 x324 or e-mail us


Last updated: June 15, 2018

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


956 541-2785 x333

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