Museum of South Texas History

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The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, connect on LinkedIn, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911. ADMISSION Adults (ages 18+): $7 Seniors w/ ID (ages 62+): $5 Active Military w/ ID: $5 Students w/ ID (ages 13+): $5 Children (ages 4-12): $4 Children (ages 3 and under): Free FRIENDS of MOSTHistory: Free Before noon on Saturdays*: Free *Excludes Special Events STAY CONNECTED #MOSTHistory www.twitter.com/MOSTHistory https://plus.google.com/+MOSTHistoryOrg https://www.youtube.com/c/MOSTHistoryOrg

Mission: …preserving and presenting the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico

Winter Texan Wednesday: Louis de Planque
01/23/2020

Winter Texan Wednesday: Louis de Planque

Camille Marie Rich, a historical interpreter, dressed as Eugenia de Planque, the wife of photographer Louis de Planque. During the Winter Texan Wednesday presentation on Jan. 22, Rich recited a monologue about Louis de Planque's photographs of South Texas and the legacy he left. Museum staff Joseph Fox dressed as Louis de Planque.

Winter Texan Wednesday: El Sal del Rey
01/23/2020

Winter Texan Wednesday: El Sal del Rey

Joe Vidales, a Weslaco Museum volunteer, presented during the Winter Texan Wednesday held Jan. 8 at the Museum of South Texas History. His presentation explained the history of El Sal del Rey, a salt lake located north of Edinburg.

Eddie Lucio Jr. and Eddie Lucio III understand the pressures of being a political family. In this final episode of seaso...
01/22/2020
Stories from the Rio Grande: Eddie Lucio III by Museum of South Texas History • A podcast on Anchor

Eddie Lucio Jr. and Eddie Lucio III understand the pressures of being a political family. In this final episode of season two of "Stories from the Rio Grande" podcast, Eddie Lucio III shares family loyalty, an appreciation for different opinions and his perspective on the family legacy.

Take a listen: https://anchor.fm/mosthistory/episodes/Stories-from-the-Rio-Grande-Eddie-Lucio-III-eab5cu/a-a4en1j

A descendant of Henry Clay Davis will present on the legacy left behind during the Sunday Speaker Series on Feb. 9 at 3 ...
01/21/2020

A descendant of Henry Clay Davis will present on the legacy left behind during the Sunday Speaker Series on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

The downtown district of Rio Grande City began in 1846 when Kentuckian Henry Clay Davis married Hilaria de la Garza, daughter of the owner of Carnestolendas Ranch, an 18th-century Spanish land grant.

The couple settled on family land north of the Rio Grande where Davis built a house, store, and river dock. During the U.S.-Mexico War, Gen. Zachary Taylor brought troops to Davis’ landing for forays into Mexico and leased land nearby for the establishment of Fort Ringgold.

Following the war, Davis formally laid out Rio Grande City, which evolved into a river port town of surprising diversity. The influence of French and Germans who arrived via Mexico is evident in the architecture, from delicate cast iron balconies to the many brick buildings of master mason Heinrich “Enrique” Portscheller.

Additionally, the 1886 Silverio de la Peña Drugstore and Post Office (pictured) at Main and Lopez streets is a good example of the Border Brick style. A block from the drugstore is the restored 1897 La Borde House. Francois La Borde’s home eventually became a hotel, as it remains today.

Do you think that horse is trying to play hide and seek?
01/16/2020

Do you think that horse is trying to play hide and seek?

Every year during the months of December and January, the city of Mission and its community partners celebrates "Texas C...
01/14/2020
Museum of South Texas History : Online Collections

Every year during the months of December and January, the city of Mission and its community partners celebrates "Texas Citrus Fiesta," an annual event that spreads "the word about the bountiful winter harvest of grapefruits and oranges from the lush, subtropical Rio Grande Valley."

The museum holds a large collection of photographs of the citrus industry in the Rio Grande Valley. Take a look online!

Gown or dress worn by Miss Charlene Melden of Edinburg, Texas, as the Duchess of Citrus Grove, Court of Wondrous World, at Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, Texas. A partial, typewritten note given with the dress and accessories describes the dress as "Bronze-olive peau de soie, peau de peche, or si...

MOSTHistory is GOLDEN! Let's celebrate 50 years of opening the doors to the past!
01/03/2020

MOSTHistory is GOLDEN! Let's celebrate 50 years of opening the doors to the past!

New year, new museum!Please be patient as the museum works on removing tile and adding new tile. The Edinburg: Then and ...
01/02/2020

New year, new museum!

Please be patient as the museum works on removing tile and adding new tile. The Edinburg: Then and Now exhibit will be closed today, Jan. 2, until Sunday, Jan. 5. The exhibit will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m.

Thank you.

Have you heard Stories from the Rio Grande, a podcast by the Museum of South Texas History? Take some time this holiday ...
12/29/2019
Museum of South Texas History • A podcast on Anchor

Have you heard Stories from the Rio Grande, a podcast by the Museum of South Texas History? Take some time this holiday week to hear about the packing shed industry during the 1970s and 1980s in the Rio Grande Valley. https://anchor.fm/mosthistory

MOSTHistory: Stories from the Rio Grande will feature interviews and oral histories conducted by the Communications and Education departments.

Still have family or friends in town? Bring them to the Museum of South Texas History! Doors open at 10 am. Call 956-383...
12/26/2019

Still have family or friends in town? Bring them to the Museum of South Texas History! Doors open at 10 am. Call 956-383-6911 for more information.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the museum board and staff at MOSTHistory! The museum is closed today and tomorr...
12/24/2019
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the museum board and staff at MOSTHistory!

The museum is closed today and tomorrow. Regular hours resume Thursday, Dec. 26, at 10 am. Check out the museum's online calendar for the latest updates.
https://mosthistory.org/events/

Joseph Fox, the associate education officer at MOSTHistory, presented "The Trial of Dennis Chapin" during the Sunday Spe...
12/16/2019

Joseph Fox, the associate education officer at MOSTHistory, presented "The Trial of Dennis Chapin" during the Sunday Speaker Series Dec. 15.

Joseph Fox, the associate education officer at MOSTHistory, presented "The Trial of Dennis Chapin" during the Sunday Speaker Series Dec. 15.

This presentation highlighted the timeline of Dennis Chapin's legacy within the townsite of Chapin and the infamous murder trial.

12/10/2019
Fiesta de Noche Buena 2019

Here is short highlight video from Fiesta de Noche Buena. This border spirit event featured many family-friendly activities and fun!

The event ended with a piñata and a special Christmas suprise, which was a Family 4 Pack to Cirque du Soleil's OVO. A big thanks to the sponsor for providing such a special Christmas suprise! "Rush headlong into a new ecosystem and immerse yourself in the world of insects, teeming with joy and amazement. OVO by Cirque du Soleil is coming to Bert Ogden Arena from March 19th to March 22nd. Get your tickets now at CirqueduSoleil.com/OVO."

Joseph Fox will present the timeline of Dennis Chapin's infamous trial, which led the town of Chapin to change its name ...
12/10/2019
Sunday Speaker Series: The Trial of Dennis Chapin | MOSTHistory

Joseph Fox will present the timeline of Dennis Chapin's infamous trial, which led the town of Chapin to change its name to Edinburg. Presentation is this Sunday at 2 p.m.

https://mosthistory.org/events/sunday-speaker-series-dennis-chapin/

Have you ever visited a little town named Chapin, Texas? If you have ever visited the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, then you have stepped into the former town site of Chapin.

Fiesta de Noche Buena 2019
12/09/2019

Fiesta de Noche Buena 2019

Thanks to all who attended and made Fiesta de Noche Buena a great holiday event!

This event featured holiday karaoke, ornament crafts, performances by local theater groups and other family-friendly activities. The winners of the special Christmas prize inside the piñata were the Esqueda Family. They won a Family 4 Pack to Cirque du Soleil's OVO. "Rush headlong into a new ecosystem and immerse yourself in the world of insects, teeming with joy and amazement. OVO by Cirque du Soleil is coming to Bert Ogden Arena from March 19th to March 22nd. Get your tickets now at CirqueduSoleil.com/OVO."

If you want to burn off calories from Thanksgiving, you can visit the museum today! We will be open from 10 am and 5 pm.
11/29/2019

If you want to burn off calories from Thanksgiving, you can visit the museum today! We will be open from 10 am and 5 pm.

The museum will be closed today. Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!You're welcome to view the Calendar of Events...
11/28/2019
Calendar of Events | MOSTHistory

The museum will be closed today. Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!

You're welcome to view the Calendar of Events for upcoming events at MOSTHistory including Fiesta de Noche Buena and presentations featuring Jillian Glantz and Joseph Fox.

Regular hours resume Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. https://mosthistory.org/events/closed-142/

Daniel García presented the history of local San Benito family, the Tanamachis, and their struggles through the 1933 hur...
11/25/2019

Daniel García presented the history of local San Benito family, the Tanamachis, and their struggles through the 1933 hurricane and WWII.

García, known as "The Poet Mariachi," is a high school teacher.

Daniel García presented the history of local San Benito family, the Tanamachis, and their struggles through the 1933 hurricane and WWII.

García, known as "The Poet Mariachi," is a high school teacher.

Chef Adán Medrano demonstrated dishes from his most recent history and cookbook, “Don’t Count The Tortillas—The Art Of T...
11/22/2019

Chef Adán Medrano demonstrated dishes from his most recent history and cookbook, “Don’t Count The Tortillas—The Art Of Texas Mexican Cooking.” Those dishes included: chacales, caldo de chayote and chipotle en adobo. Medrano also signed copies of his cookbook, which is still available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Chef Adán Medrano demonstrated dishes from his most recent history and cookbook, “Don’t Count The Tortillas—The Art Of Texas Mexican Cooking.” Those dishes included: chacales, caldo de chayote and chipotle en adobo. Medrano also signed copies of his cookbook, which is still available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Reba Cardenas McNair is the daughter of Renato and Mary Rose Cardenas--longtime Brownsville residents and community chan...
11/22/2019
Stories from the Rio Grande: Reba Cardenas McNair by Museum of South Texas History • A podcast on Anchor

Reba Cardenas McNair is the daughter of Renato and Mary Rose Cardenas--longtime Brownsville residents and community changers.

In this episode of "Stories from the Rio Grande," Reba shares the accomplishments of her late father and the fierceness of her mother who helped make the University of Texas - Brownsville become a reality.

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mosthistory/episodes/Stories-from-the-Rio-Grande-Reba-Cardenas-McNair-e931qj

11/18/2019

Here's a highlight of what happened during Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas at MOSTHistory.

The last day of the Community Altar Exhibit is Sunday, Nov. 17.Come see this beautiful exhibit that includes 11 communit...
11/15/2019
Día de los Muertos Community Altar Exhibit | MOSTHistory

The last day of the Community Altar Exhibit is Sunday, Nov. 17.

Come see this beautiful exhibit that includes 11 community-built altars honoring those who have departed.

The Community Altar Exhibit at the Museum of South Texas History welcomes families and organizations to construct altars to honor and celebrate the deceased with ofrendas, photographs and memories.

Thanks to everyone who made Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas a successful event! Museum staff hopes you had a gr...
11/13/2019

Thanks to everyone who made Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas a successful event!

Museum staff hopes you had a great time and will return next year. Lots of new and familiar faces creating memories with family and friends.

Thanks to everyone who made Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas a successful event!

Museum staff hopes you had a great time and will return next year. Lots of new and familiar faces creating memories with family and friends.

Community altar exhibitors including Jorge A Botello, the son of Rogelio Botello Rios, discussed the significance of the...
11/12/2019

Community altar exhibitors including Jorge A Botello, the son of Rogelio Botello Rios, discussed the significance of the altars honoring those who have passed on.

The reception included a short presentation by UTRGV students reciting “calaveritas literarias.”

Community altar exhibitors including Jorge A Botello, the son of Rogelio Botello Rios, discussed the significance of the altars honoring those who have passed on.

The reception included a short presentation by UTRGV students reciting “calaveritas literarias.”

11/06/2019
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Museum of South Texas History celebrates Día de los Muertos with a day-long celebration.

Día de los Muertos 2019: Recuerdos y Ofrendas
11/04/2019

Día de los Muertos 2019: Recuerdos y Ofrendas

Thanks to everyone who made Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas a successful event!

Museum staff hopes you had a great time and will return next year. Lots of new and familiar faces creating memories with family and friends.

Lots of great Dia de los Muertos items for sale here at the museum! Remember, you can buy admission at the door today. T...
11/02/2019

Lots of great Dia de los Muertos items for sale here at the museum!

Remember, you can buy admission at the door today. To purchase online has been closed but you’re welcome to purchase admission at the door!

11/01/2019

Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas sneak peek!

Edna Ochoa from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley presented "La celebración de la muerte: una perspectiva histór...
11/01/2019

Edna Ochoa from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley presented "La celebración de la muerte: una perspectiva histórica hasta la actualidad" during the Sunday Speaker Series Oct. 27.

This presentation discussed the historic and cultural significance of Día de los Muertos.

Edna Ochoa from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley presented "La celebración de la muerte: una perspectiva histórica hasta la actualidad" during the Sunday Speaker Series Oct. 27.

This presentation discussed the historic and cultural significance of Día de los Muertos.

REMINDER that if you’re a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, you are admitted FREE to most museum events and programs.If you’re atte...
10/31/2019

REMINDER that if you’re a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, you are admitted FREE to most museum events and programs.

If you’re attending Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas this Saturday, you may skip the long lines by entering through the north gate located on Kuhn Street. Please bring your FRIENDship card!

For more information, please call the museum at 956-383-6911.

10/30/2019
Celebrating Culture & Music

The Museum of South Texas History is presenting Epi and Friends, a local Tejano band, and an altar by the Longoria Middle School art students celebrating the life of Rogelio Botello Rios, a TV legend.

Here's how it all happened...

10/29/2019

So much happening this week at the museum! Museum staff are getting ready to host another fun and educational Día de los Muertos this Saturday.

Returning for another year is the Mystery Altar by the Collections Department at MOSTHistory. This altar will include unidentified photographs from the museum's collections. Come see the final altar and ofrendas this Saturday between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Participate in the Día de los Muertos celebration at MOSTHistory this Saturday by getting your face painted catrina styl...
10/29/2019
Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas | MOSTHistory

Participate in the Día de los Muertos celebration at MOSTHistory this Saturday by getting your face painted catrina style at any of three face painting stations.

Children can also enjoy book presentations by Book Buzz of UTRGV from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas is this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Edinburg: Then and Now exhibit will be closed this week as museum staff prepares for Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y...
10/28/2019

The Edinburg: Then and Now exhibit will be closed this week as museum staff prepares for Día de los Muertos: Recuerdos y Ofrendas.

The event will be held this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can purchase admission today and skip the lines on the day of event: https://conta.cc/2BLxb3P

10/20/2019
MOSTHistory Collection Series: Big Cats

Did you know there were once five native cats roaming South Texas? Now there are only the bobcats and ocelots--and occassionally, the mountain lion.

Check out the latest MOSTHistory Collection Series video to learn about these big cats!

10/17/2019
¡Fandango!-History Mystery

Earlier this month, the Museum of South Texas History hosted the annual ¡Fandango! auction dinner.

This event is one of the longest running in the Rio Grande Valley and continues to support the museum's preservation and education programs. Thanks to all who made this event possible: Board of Trustees, museum staff, community volunteers, Premium Table Hosts, etc!

And, thank you to Frame Freeze Focus, for covering the event!

Sunday Speaker Series: World War I History in the RGV
10/16/2019

Sunday Speaker Series: World War I History in the RGV

Michael Faubion and Charles Waite, professors from the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, presented "War World I History in the Rio Grande Valley" during the Sunday Speaker Series Oct. 13 in the Courtyard Gallery.

Their presentation focused on the military and troop activity along the Rio Grande before and during the war.

The museum hosted another fun-filled Free Saturday morning Oct. 12. During Free Saturday Morning, visitors were treated ...
10/15/2019

The museum hosted another fun-filled Free Saturday morning Oct. 12. During Free Saturday Morning, visitors were treated to a historic walking tour of downtown Edinburg and a presentation by Jesus Correa.

The historic walking tour was in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico to promote the Nenemi Challenge health campaign. The Nenemi Challenge campaign encourages community health through the tradition of walking as a family and heritage of the Rio Grande Valley.

The museum hosted another fun-filled Free Saturday morning Oct. 12. During Free Saturday Morning, visitors were treated to a historic walking tour of downtown Edinburg and a presentation by Jesus Correa.

The historic walking tour was in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico to promote the Nenemi Challenge health campaign. The Nenemi Challenge campaign encourages community health through the tradition of walking as a family and heritage of the Rio Grande Valley.

Address

200 N Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX
78541

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(956) 383-6911

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