McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture Preserving the Past for the Future Generations- MHC is your McAllen history and culture museum! Come see us in busy downtown McAllen. Free parking.

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture
07/04/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

Land of the free...home of the brave.  Happy July 4th everyone and May God bless our great nation!!(Photo credit: Mike R...
07/04/2019

Land of the free...home of the brave. Happy July 4th everyone and May God bless our great nation!!
(Photo credit: Mike R. Sanchez--downtown McAllen)🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Little visitors at the museum all afternoon today!!  They enjoyed our coloring tables and picked out a book to take home...
07/04/2019

Little visitors at the museum all afternoon today!! They enjoyed our coloring tables and picked out a book to take home!! Kids "gently used" book donations are appreciated! We wish you and yours a Happy Independence Day!!! #welovemcallen

Getting the museum dressed up for the July 4th celebration coming up this Thursday!  God bless our great Nation!!!#mcall...
06/28/2019

Getting the museum dressed up for the July 4th celebration coming up this Thursday! God bless our great Nation!!!
#mcallenhistory #welovemcallen

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture
06/25/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

Rest in peace faithful servant.  Carmen Vargas de Leon (his mother in law) is a past board member and supporter of our m...
06/25/2019

Rest in peace faithful servant. Carmen Vargas de Leon (his mother in law) is a past board member and supporter of our museum. She would bring Brianna to MHC to our events and to help out since she was a little girl. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family at this time. God grant you peace and strength. Grateful and so thankful for his life.

We are closed today. Saturday  June 22nd for scheduled maintenance work.  We will be back Wednesday, June 26th at 1pm.  ...
06/22/2019

We are closed today. Saturday June 22nd for scheduled maintenance work. We will be back Wednesday, June 26th at 1pm. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Come in out of the heat to enjoy learning about McAllen's past!  Displays, murals, photos & great historical videos!  Ki...
06/15/2019

Come in out of the heat to enjoy learning about McAllen's past! Displays, murals, photos & great historical videos! Kids can have fun at the coloring tables and Book Nook! Buy a tee shirt or DVD to take with you and help us keep fulfilling our mission. Shop in our downtown district too!! Today we are open 11am to 4pm! See you soon.
#welovemcallen

Spent some quality time with Joe Vidales, Weslaco historian discussing ways small museums can work together for our mutu...
06/07/2019

Spent some quality time with Joe Vidales, Weslaco historian discussing ways small museums can work together for our mutual benefit! It was a productive discussion and I look forward to next steps! Joe is a history lover and a huge asset to historic preservation in our Region! #mcallenhistory

A great tour group at MHC learning about McAllen history!  #mcallenhistory
05/29/2019

A great tour group at MHC learning about McAllen history!
#mcallenhistory

MHC will be closed on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Please remember those who gave ...
05/23/2019

MHC will be closed on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Please remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy all the freedom and blessings in our great Nation.

Sales are winding down for 2019 and it looks like another SOLD OUT event with sales the highest ever!!  We may have a fe...
05/19/2019

Sales are winding down for 2019 and it looks like another SOLD OUT event with sales the highest ever!! We may have a few tickets left so if you would like one, call the museum at 687-1904. You can start to redeem on June 1st! Thank you everyone for your constant support!!
#welovemcallen

We had the best traditional Mothers Day serenatas(seranades) at MHC last Saturday!  Come by today...no musicians- but Mc...
05/18/2019

We had the best traditional Mothers Day serenatas(seranades) at MHC last Saturday! Come by today...no musicians- but McAllen history displays, art, videos, military displays, children's tables and book nook open 11am till 4pm! Limited free parking rear of museum building. See you soon! #mcallenhistory

Our McHi display is very popular and the yearbooks a constant request...people enjoy seeing themselves in their high sch...
05/15/2019

Our McHi display is very popular and the yearbooks a constant request...people enjoy seeing themselves in their high school years! Call us if you would like to donate a yearbook or any other McHi items! Go Bulldogs!!!👍🥇

Join us today at 1:30 pm for music and refreshments!  If it rains, we'll move indoors!!
05/11/2019

Join us today at 1:30 pm for music and refreshments! If it rains, we'll move indoors!!

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture
05/03/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

Coming up on Saturday, May 11th in the south park adjacent to the museum!  Free concert and refreshments!!
04/26/2019

Coming up on Saturday, May 11th in the south park adjacent to the museum! Free concert and refreshments!!

2019 Chuckwagon Dinner tickets are going fast but still available!  Call the museum to make arrangements to buy yours so...
04/24/2019

2019 Chuckwagon Dinner tickets are going fast but still available! Call the museum to make arrangements to buy yours soon! Thanks to everyone for your support of this fundraiser for MHC!!
#mcallenhistory
#chuckwagondinner

MHC will be closed today Good Friday and tomorrow Saturday in observance of Easter.  Happy Easter blessings to you and y...
04/19/2019

MHC will be closed today Good Friday and tomorrow Saturday in observance of Easter. Happy Easter blessings to you and yours!

Come by and visit your McAllen history museum in busy downtown!  Free Easter egg with treat inside for kids!  McAllen's ...
04/13/2019

Come by and visit your McAllen history museum in busy downtown! Free Easter egg with treat inside for kids! McAllen's history is interesting and fun! Our downtown shopping district offer great retail values too! MHC is Open 11am to 4pm today!

MHC current & former Board members enjoying today's McAllen Mayor's Prayer luncheon.  Great event!
04/11/2019

MHC current & former Board members enjoying today's McAllen Mayor's Prayer luncheon. Great event!

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture
04/06/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

It's a great Saturday to come learn about McAllen history, then shop downtown!🌴Easter coloring sheets at Kids tables!...
04/06/2019

It's a great Saturday to come learn about McAllen history, then shop downtown!🌴Easter coloring sheets at Kids tables!🐰
Open till 4pm!

Texas Border Business has been a great supporter of MHC over the years and we are truly grateful to Roberto Gonzalez!
03/31/2019
The McAllen Heritage Center presents the 2019 “Chuckwagon Dinner”

Texas Border Business has been a great supporter of MHC over the years and we are truly grateful to Roberto Gonzalez!

The McAllen Heritage Center Board of Directors invite you to support the 13thannual “Chuckwagon Dinner” fundraiser. The McAllen Heritage Center announced that the event is once again partnering with Tony Roma’s of McAllen to bring you an evening of your choice June 1 through September 30, 2019

MHC Board members Elva Cerda, Nedra Kinerk and John Kreidler pose with Rick Guerra from Tony Roma's McAllen at the resta...
03/25/2019

MHC Board members Elva Cerda, Nedra Kinerk and John Kreidler pose with Rick Guerra from Tony Roma's McAllen at the restaurant to promote the upcoming 2019 Chuckwagon Dinner event! Tickets are available through MHC or any of our board members and can also be purchased via PayPal. Your ticket is valid starting June 1st through September 30, 2019. Call us at 681-2861 for more information. Thanks again for all the past support and we look forward to another successful fundraiser in the name of historic preservation at MHC! www.mcallenheritagecenter.com

Come visit us soon!  We are located in the former McAllen post office built in 1934 and a Texas Historic landmark!
03/24/2019
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Come visit us soon! We are located in the former McAllen post office built in 1934 and a Texas Historic landmark!

2019

We are starting our 2019 Chuckwagon Dinner fundraiser in partnership with Tony Roma's McAllen! Call the museum at 687-19...
03/22/2019

We are starting our 2019 Chuckwagon Dinner fundraiser in partnership with Tony Roma's McAllen! Call the museum at 687-1904 or any of our board members to buy your ticket! We are also selling via PAYPAL this year! Thank you all for your support! #chuckwagondinner2019
#mcallenhistory

03/16/2019
TODAY--Come to the McAllen Library today at 1pm to hear Spud Brown's presentation about Early McAllen memories!!  MHC lo...
03/16/2019

TODAY--Come to the McAllen Library today at 1pm to hear Spud Brown's presentation about Early McAllen memories!! MHC loves to participate in this annual History Symposium. See you there! #mcallenhistory

We have enjoyed many visitors at MHC this Spring break!  Here is one special McAllen family that spent part of their day...
03/16/2019

We have enjoyed many visitors at MHC this Spring break! Here is one special McAllen family that spent part of their day learning about our past. Thank you to Commissioner Omar Quintanilla and his lovely family! Come back soon!!#mcallenhistory

Visited with legend Carlos Guzman and his lovely wife about his upcoming biography!  We hope to honor his contributions ...
03/14/2019

Visited with legend Carlos Guzman and his lovely wife about his upcoming biography! We hope to honor his contributions to Tejano music at MHC very soon!! #welovemcallen

Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead at 2am!!  Spring is almost here!!Come see us soon!!
03/10/2019

Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead at 2am!! Spring is almost here!!
Come see us soon!!

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture
02/24/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture

Time flies!!  Save the dates for this great festival!! MHC will be there!!
02/21/2019

Time flies!! Save the dates for this great festival!! MHC will be there!!

Who's ready to FIESTA?! Save the date for the biggest FIESTA in the RGV!

Busy week at MHC with tours!!! One down- two to go!  People love learning about McAllen's past!!  Hope to see YOU soon!w...
02/20/2019

Busy week at MHC with tours!!! One down- two to go! People love learning about McAllen's past!! Hope to see YOU soon!
www.mcallenheritagecenter.com

Beautiful event today at McAllen State of the City!  Our museum celebrates our city history and is also a wonderful dest...
02/12/2019

Beautiful event today at McAllen State of the City! Our museum celebrates our city history and is also a wonderful destination in McAllen!! Come see us soon! Current & former Board members at our table: Danny Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects- Martha Vela Hinojosa- Olga Gabriel- Piedad Martinez- Mike Hovar- Spud & Jan Brown- ElvaCerda.

MHC Board President John Kreidler enjoying the new map and pointing out some interesting destinations he has visited!  C...
02/08/2019

MHC Board President John Kreidler enjoying the new map and pointing out some interesting destinations he has visited! Come see us in downtown McAllen at the corner of Main and Chicago.

Attention McHi alumni!  We are needing to complete our McHi yearbook collection and are asking for your donation!  Call ...
02/08/2019

Attention McHi alumni! We are needing to complete our McHi yearbook collection and are asking for your donation! Call us to inquire about missing years! We would appreciate it and our visitors will truly enjoy them!! Go Bulldogs!!!
www.mcallenheritagecenter.com
956-687-1904

We just received this gorgeous map for our out of area visitors!!  Already have pins in Canada and Northern US states......
01/26/2019

We just received this gorgeous map for our out of area visitors!! Already have pins in Canada and Northern US states...come enjoy our lovely history museum in downtown McAllen! Today we are open till 4pm! Free parking rear lot- no admission fee- donations welcomed!
#welovemcallen

Martin Luther King Day 2019
01/21/2019

Martin Luther King Day 2019

A few shots from this weeks Winter Texan Expo!!  We visited with hundreds of people--many who have already come to MHC!!...
01/18/2019

A few shots from this weeks Winter Texan Expo!! We visited with hundreds of people--many who have already come to MHC!! Thanks to board members Spud Brown (with wife Jan) Piedad Martinez, Nedra Kinerk, Elva Cerda and staff member Philip Mercado for their help!! Thanks to Kristi Collier and team for a great event!!

01/16/2019
McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture's cover photo
01/15/2019

McAllen Heritage Center - museum of history & culture's cover photo

We are so excited to be participating in the Winter Texan Expo starting tomorrow!!  Come visit us in booth 921!! See you...
01/15/2019

We are so excited to be participating in the Winter Texan Expo starting tomorrow!! Come visit us in booth 921!! See you there!!!

We are excited about our future at MHC while we continue to honor and preserve McAllen's past!  Come visit us or call to...
01/04/2019

We are excited about our future at MHC while we continue to honor and preserve McAllen's past! Come visit us or call to set up a tour for your group!! Flight 2019 is looking great!!

Address

301 S Main St
McAllen, TX
78501

General information

The McAllen Centennial festivities in 2004 included a festival held at Archer Park in celebration of McAllen's history. Due to it's success, Centennial committee members began discussions towards developing a place for the community to enjoy learning about McAllen's past. (MHC) was formed in early 2006 as a not-for-profit corporation for this purpose with a founding board comprised of a core of Centennial committee members. The mission was to provide a place to exhibit and to assist in the preservation of sites, works of art, documents, papers, pictures, records and writings of historical, traditional or cultural value. The MHC wants to perpetuate those customs of the people and traditions and folklore, which beautify and enrich the community life of historic McAllen, Texas. One primary goal of the MHC is to cooperate with other persons, groups, organizations and agencies in effecting these objectives and with educating the public, especially our youth with the knowledge of the inherited regional values. The McAllen Oldtimer's Club made a memorial contribution to MHC on behalf of Helen Snider, a member of the club and also one of the driving forces behind the MHC who passed away before her dream of a McAllen historical museum was realized. Her diligent acquisition and preservation of historical items assisted the MHC in developing a foundation of exhibit materials. The McAllen Centennial Committee also made a generous contribution to the MHC. When MHC founding President, Rick De Julio lost his courageous battle with cancer, his family made significant memorial contributions to MHC. His hard work and dedication towards the preservation of history has left an indelible mark in our City. We are honored that Mrs. Marilyn De Julio currently serves as one of our MHC board members. Today, the founding board has completed a great deal of the legwork involved in the establishment of MHC as is evident by our beautiful and historic museum located in the "La Placita" building which opened to the public in June 2008. The foundation has been laid and the board is proud of these accomplishments and grateful for the tremendous support received from the City of McAllen and our community! Current volunteer staff members include Elva M. Cerda, board member and Managing Director, Spud Brown, board member and Interim Curator and properties manager, and Lily Hernandez serving as a Museum Services Assistant. Our staff is dedicated and we are fortunate to have their services and constant enthusiasm in helping to meet the goals of the McAllen Heritage Center. Temporary staff member, Susan Zwerling who brings museum experience also joined us this year and we are fortunate to have her on board. Long term volunteers like Fern and Maynard Kreidler and Virginia Hall are greatly appreciated and we are always seeking new volunteers to serve MHC in various capacities. The future of MHC is filled with many new possibilities and opportunities which will result in continued service for our community in honor of our history and historic preservation! We look forward to seeing you at the McAllen Heritage Center.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(956) 687-1904

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