Esperanza's Night Out at the Stone Fort Museum

  • Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 22, for an evening of poetry, food and traditional crafts at “Esperanza’s Night Out.” The event is in collaboration with Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read and is an exploration of Sandra Cisneros’ novel, “A House on Mango Street.”

    Try out Agua Fresca de Mango, learn to use mango skins to dye textiles, and try your hand at calligraphy. SFA students with the School of Human Sciences’ Hospitality Administration will take the lead on planning for refreshments led by faculty, Drs. Donna Fickes and Gina Fe Causin. Before you leave, find Esperanza’s Office in the temporary installation, “Click, Clack, Interact,” to write your own vignette on a vintage typewriter.

    Take a seat at the Poetry Slam or join in the competition to speak out like Esperanza. Register as a contestant for the Poetry Slam at the museum on the day of the event beginning at 5 p.m. For more information on cash prizes and guidelines, call the museum at 936-468-2408, or visit

    The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The goal of the program is to have all participants read the same book in order to have meaningful discussions, lectures, classes, and interactive entertainment and events to bring the community together.

    The event is free of charge and will be set up both inside the museum and under a tent on the north lawn.

  • Stone Fort Museum
  • 1808 Alumni Drive North, Campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962