Museum comes to life with living history and costumed interpreters

The family adventure continues in the River Highway gallery, part of the signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibition, on Thursday, June 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This summer event brings the history of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico to life during the 1800s when soldiers, steamboat captains and cowboys made history in the borderlands. Visitors of all ages will enjoy interactive gallery demonstrations and games led by historically costumed interpreters. SNATM '16

Begin your adventure with MOSTHistory’s “A Place Called Home” puppet show while enjoying free popcorn. After the show, children will receive a Find Me If You Can game card to begin their exploration of the River Highway gallery. Search for characters – either living or inanimate – from the puppet show to complete the game card and then enter for the nightly drawing.

In the River Highway gallery, families can interact with representative-costumed soldiers from the Mexican-American War and United States Civil War along with a Mississippi volunteer. The great steamboat era on the Rio Grande will come to life on the museum’s life-size steamboat wharf which will be bustling with tradesmen, musicians and cotton demonstrations. Home industries of the 19th century such as quilting, sewing and rope twisting will be demonstrated. Brush up on those ranching skills such as roping, cattle round up, branding, leña fence making and stick horse racing. Guests can also try on 19th century fashion clothing items such as bustles, hoop skirts and corsets.

Arrive early to hear a special performance of Civil War ballads by UTRGV’s acapella group Treble Thrivers. Also new this year, children’s author Patty York Raymond will be on hand to read and sign her new publication “The ABCs to Ranching.” York’s book builds an appreciation for local ranching heritage and will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. abcsranching_cover-final

Join MOSTHistory and the community for an event that presents culture, heritage and history within an entertaining, engaging and hands-on experience. Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes and coupons excluded: Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free. As a participating museum in the Blue Star Museums, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission to all three Summer Nights at the Museum. Become a FRIEND of the Museum to attend all three Summer Nights at the Museum – and more – for FREE. Learn more about becoming a FRIEND of the Museum by calling us at 956-383-6911.

About Museum of South Texas History

The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m. – 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, supported by the regional community, 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, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.