Living history

Living historian firing musket
U.S. Infantryman firing musket


History comes to life

Attend a living history program at the park and enjoy a unique learning experience. Chat with living historians and listen to stories of the Battle of Palo Alto and the Mexican War. Witness musket and artillery demonstrations. Palo Alto's living history programs offer something for everyone.

Program info

The park's living history season goes from September to May. Programs are usually held on the first Saturday of month with the exception of October and November. Programs are held outdoors and are dependent upon weather, so dress accordingly. Check our calendar for the most up to date program information.

U.S. and Mexican infantrymen
U.S. and Mexican infantrymen


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.

Camp life
Camp life


Soldier life

The park is always looking for new living historians. Those interested should contact us at (956) 541-2785 x324.

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.

We're looking for you! Interested in becoming a living historian? Email us for more info.

We're looking for you! Give us a call if you'd like to volunteer as a Living Historian.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1623 Central Blvd., Suite 213
Brownsville, TX 78520


(956) 541-2785 x333

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