Museum of South Texas History

Museum of South Texas History Official page of the Museum of South Texas History … a place with a history like no other! #MOSTHistory The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
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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

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Texas Historical Commission
06/19/2020

Texas Historical Commission

A joyous Juneteenth to all! This day celebrates freedom, recognizing one major step in our country’s history.

June 19, 1865, was the day that Texans were officially notified of the end of slavery in the United States, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. On that day in Galveston, Union General Gordon Granger issued an order which read in part:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves…”

Approximately 250,000 enslaved Texans had new legal rights.

In the years following that day, many groups of African American Texans raised money to purchase land on which to hold annual celebrations. One of these, Emancipation Park in Houston, is one of the oldest public parks in Texas.

Photos:

• “Go Forth” sculpture by Eddie Dixon at the GW Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center in Austin

• A band participating in Austin’s Juneteenth celebration in 1900, courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

• The Juneteenth historical marker in Galveston

• Ashton Villa, claimed to be the site where Gen. Granger read out the order announcing an end to slavery

06/12/2020
Golden Memories: Opening Decade

Following a long renovation process, the 1910 Jail was transformed into a history museum. On April 19, 1970, the Hidalgo County Historical Museum officially opened to the public in a grand ceremony.

Here's the second video from the 50th anniversary video series. More digital content on the museum's 50th anniversary to come. Thank you for watching!

On April 19, 2020, the Museum of South Texas History celebrated fifty years of preserving and presenting the borderlands heritage of South Texas and Northeas...

06/03/2020
Golden Memories: Founding Decade

Since 1970, the Museum has seen the ever-growing region of South Texas and northeastern Mexico. This celebration focuses on 50 years of heritage, history, and community.

To commemorate this milestone, a collection of videos and online exhibits will become available in the following weeks. You can find this content on the Museum's website and social media accounts.

In this first video, you will learn about how community members got together to start up a small history museum in Edinburg, Texas. Check back for more videos on the museum's history.

On April 19, 2020, the Museum of South Texas History celebrated fifty years of preserving and presenting the borderlands heritage of South Texas and Northeas...

05/29/2020
Cookin' on the Canal: Chili Con Carne

Fun! Our friends at the Erie Canal Museum hosted "Cookin' on the Canal: Chili Con Carne" today. Thanks for the shoutout!

Chili sounds delicious right about now... there's rainy weather in South Texas!

https://youtu.be/uL7QqujPNko

In the late 1930s, Oliver Wendell Petrie of Oswego, NY, served as a cook on board an oil barge that travelled on the New York State Canal System. In 2013, hi...

In 1984, the Heritage Ranch Gala was hosted by Vannie & Carolyn Cook at 480 Ranch. Guests, shown here are Dennis Hendrix...
05/28/2020

In 1984, the Heritage Ranch Gala was hosted by Vannie & Carolyn Cook at 480 Ranch. Guests, shown here are Dennis Hendrix (left) and Rosemary Curl (right), were treated to dinner. But, maybe their fawn friend wanted a taste, too?

Freddy Gonzalez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart for his service during the Tet Offensiv...
05/25/2020
Museum of South Texas History : Online Collections

Freddy Gonzalez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart for his service during the Tet Offensive. The South Vietnamese government also recognized his gallantry with its own decorations.

https://mosthistory.pastperfectonline.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_criteria=Freddy+Gonzalez&searchButton=Search

Medal of Honor awarded to U.S. Marine Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez for conspicuous gallantry in Vietnam, 1968. Award is actually an assemblage of objects, consisting of: (a) Brass nameplate, "Sergeant / Alfredo Gonzalez / United States Marine Corps" (b) Gold-tone U.S. Marine insignia of globe, eagle, a...

Here's a snapshot of the Medieval Faire that was hosted at the museum in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Rio Grande Valle...
05/21/2020

Here's a snapshot of the Medieval Faire that was hosted at the museum in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism collaborated with the museum for almost 10 years on this program.

Anyone attend this event? We'd love to hear from you!

Here's a one-stop look at the MOSTHistory Collection Series. This collection includes behind-the-scenes look at artifact...
05/20/2020
MOSTHistory Collection Series - MOSTHistory

Here's a one-stop look at the MOSTHistory Collection Series. This collection includes behind-the-scenes look at artifacts that are not currently on display. Enjoy!

MOSTHistory Collection Series Thank you for visiting the MOSTHistory Collection Series page! This one-stop page contains articles and videos that were prepared by the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives staff and produced by the Communications Department. These articles and videos highlight photog...

Many years ago, the Hidalgo County Historical Museum Guild hosted a fashion show with historical clothing to raise funds...
05/14/2020

Many years ago, the Hidalgo County Historical Museum Guild hosted a fashion show with historical clothing to raise funds. These clothing artifacts are now fragile, but it was probably a lot of fun to play dress up!

Pictured from left to right: Gracie Alamia Minyard, Carol Lynn Looney, and Peggy Garcia.

Manuel Sabino, the museum's groundskeeper, is working on the windmill today. He's making a few updates and clearing unwa...
05/08/2020

Manuel Sabino, the museum's groundskeeper, is working on the windmill today. He's making a few updates and clearing unwanted brush. It's a good Friday!

05/07/2020

Former Museum guest speaker Pino Shah is offering his collection of visual books on Rio Grande Valley architecture for FREE!

Shah's visual books include locations such as Brownsville and McAllen. Check them out here: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Pino+Shah

In the Museum's archives, there is a photograph collection of Mexican nationals that were part of the Braceros Program. ...
05/01/2020

In the Museum's archives, there is a photograph collection of Mexican nationals that were part of the Braceros Program. In July of 1960, individuals were taken to the Hidalgo Processing Center and later transported across the country.

#InternationalWorkersDay #SouthTexas #RGV

We were, and in a way, still are ready to explore the past with young minds! Do you remember your school field trip to t...
04/30/2020

We were, and in a way, still are ready to explore the past with young minds!

Do you remember your school field trip to the museum, whether it was the Hidalgo County Historical Museum or the Museum of South Texas History? Comment below!

#ThrowbackThursday

To commemorate the golden anniversary of the Museum of South Texas History, parts of the "Golden Memories" exhibit will ...
04/29/2020
Golden Memories - 1960s - MOSTHistory

To commemorate the golden anniversary of the Museum of South Texas History, parts of the "Golden Memories" exhibit will be published in a digital platform for the next six weeks.

Today, we launch the first part: "Founding Decade: 1964-1969." Let us take you back in time and relive the history of the Museum of South Texas History. Enjoy!

In 1964, the state of Texas launched several local and county programs to preserve regional history. As a part of this effort, citizens of Hidalgo County met in a café near the Hidalgo County Courthouse and began the search for a historic building to tell Hidalgo County’s story. The following yea...

04/28/2020
Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Water & Canal Systems

Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Water & Canal Systems begins NOW! René Ballesteros, the programs and events at MOSTHistory, and Derrick Pratt from the Erie Canal Museum will discuss the history of water and canal systems in their respective region.

Sip with us and enjoy!

Did you know the Museum of South Texas History hosts a podcast? Listen to season one and two today!Season one details th...
04/25/2020
Museum of South Texas History • A podcast on Anchor

Did you know the Museum of South Texas History hosts a podcast? Listen to season one and two today!

Season one details the experience of one produce salesman in McAllen who saw the decline of the produce industry in the Rio Grande Valley. Season two invited several Rio Grande Valley residents to discuss what it is like to be a child of a local politician.

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

Join us for another great Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST on Facebook Live!Mu...
04/24/2020
Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Water & Canal Systems | MOSTHistory

Join us for another great Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST on Facebook Live!

Museum staff member René Ballesteros and Derrick Pratt from the Erie Canal Museum will discuss the water and canal systems in their respective regions.

Save the date!

The Museum of South Texas History and the Erie Canal Museum will discuss the differences and similarities of water and canal systems in their respective regions.

What a throwback! Check out this Hidalgo County Historical Museum staff photo taken in 1978.From left to right: Douglas ...
04/23/2020

What a throwback! Check out this Hidalgo County Historical Museum staff photo taken in 1978.

From left to right:

Douglas Jasso was an art student, and staff member, who did a number of historical illustrations and exhibit paintings.

Bennie Calvillo, the museum’s custodian, was dedicated to keeping the museum clean and took great pride in it.

Zela Wood was the museum’s secretary until about 1983 or 1984.

Maria Garza was a meticulous bookkeeper with hardcopy ledgers, but someone has to keep the budget in line!

Xenia Francesa Torres Alger, who was hired as museum director in 1977, had many challenges after the museum had re-opened in 1978. However, the museum enjoyed considerable growth in its reputation through its programs and exhibits while she was director. She retired in June 1986.

Tom Fort was hired to create exhibits before the museum’s re-opening in 1978. He can be seen checking on the exhibits to this day!

It's Earth Day! It's a wonderful day to go out, while practicing social distancing, and explore the native and historica...
04/22/2020

It's Earth Day! It's a wonderful day to go out, while practicing social distancing, and explore the native and historical plants of this region.

Sandra Luna, the Visitor/FRIENDs clerk at the museum, snapped this prickly pear cactus in bloom! Show us your photographs of native plants or historically used plants in the comments below.

Museum of South Texas History's cover photo
04/20/2020

Museum of South Texas History's cover photo

04/19/2020
Golden Memories: Fifty Years of Preserving the Borderland Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley

Fifty years ago today, the Hidalgo County Historical Museum (now the Museum of South Texas History) opened its doors to the community.

A hardworking and dedicated museum committee claimed the two-story 1910 Jail to help tell the stories of surrounding communities. Over the next 50 years, more hardworking and dedicated people supported the many capital campaigns to build state-of-the-art facilities that now house exhibits, collections and digital media.

Without the community's support, the Museum of South Texas History would not be here, celebrating its past and shaping its future. We kick off the 50th anniversary with this "Golden Memories" video. Please stay tuned to enjoy more "Golden Memories" with us!

04/18/2020

Fifty years ago on April 19, 1970, the Hidalgo County Historical Museum (now the Museum of South Texas History) opened its doors to the community.

A hardworking and dedicated museum committee claimed the two-story 1910 Jail to help tell the stories of surrounding communities. Over the next 50 years, more hardworking and dedicated people supported the many capital campaigns to build state-of-the-art facilities that now house exhibits, collections and digital media.

Without the community's support, the Museum of South Texas History would not be here, celebrating its past and shaping its future. We kick off the 50th anniversary with this "Golden Memories" video. Please stay tuned to enjoy more "Golden Memories" with us!

Sonic the Hedgehog is trying to threaten museum archivist Kelly Francis-Love with his quills. Or, is he trying to help w...
04/17/2020

Sonic the Hedgehog is trying to threaten museum archivist Kelly Francis-Love with his quills. Or, is he trying to help with some archival work?

#workfromhome #museumathome

In commemoration of the museum's 50th anniversary, here is a photograph of some of the museum's first founders and donor...
04/16/2020

In commemoration of the museum's 50th anniversary, here is a photograph of some of the museum's first founders and donors posing in front of the 1910 Jail. Although the museum was founded in 1967, the official day that it opened its doors was April 19, 1970.

From left to right: Darrell Brumley, Mrs. Shelley Collier, Mr. Collier, Reynaldo Vela, Mrs. Looney, Judge Looney and Argyle McAllen.

#throwbackthursday

If you are missing a visit to the museum, you can always make a museum at home!Here are some clever and fun ways to brin...
04/15/2020
Future Exhibit Designers: 5 Fun At-Home Make-a-Museum Activities for Kids - Luci Creative

If you are missing a visit to the museum, you can always make a museum at home!

Here are some clever and fun ways to bring a museum home--and also get a preview on how museum staff create exhibits. https://lucicreative.com/future-exhibit-designers-5-fun-at-home-make-a-museum-activities-for-kids/

With closed schools and stay-at-home orders around the world, parents, teachers, and caregivers are rising to the occasion and figuring out innovative ways to homeschool students. When the schoolwork is complete, there’s the continued challenge of keeping young children entertained and away from h...

04/14/2020
Virtual MOSTHistory Happy Hour with Derrick Pratt

Take a seat at home, sip on a drink and enjoy a chat with the Museum of South Texas History and Erie Canal Museum. We will discuss the history of alcohol in our region!

Please drink responsibly. Thank you!

Are you thinking that maybe it's time to clean the attic or garage? If so, you might want to see which items could be po...
04/13/2020
Donation FAQ | MOSTHistory

Are you thinking that maybe it's time to clean the attic or garage? If so, you might want to see which items could be possible donations to the Museum of South Texas History. Visit the Donation FAQ page on the museum's website for more information.

The museum is temporarily closed so it is advised that all items be saved for when normal operations return. Thank you for your patience.

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200 N Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX
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