It’s summer, and the Museum of South Texas History has you covered this weekend with special events. On Saturday, June 17, children’s author and educator Patty York Raymond will present “The ABCs to Ranching” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, June 18, two local re-enactors, Ruben Cordova and Jack Ayoub, will present “Confederate and Union Tejanos in the RGV” at 2 p.m.

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Patty York Raymond will read “The ABCs to Ranching” Saturday, June 17.

“The ABCs to Ranching” illustrates the story of a mischievous boy who is determined to help his father with the chores. During his journey of helping with the chores, the boy develops an appreciation for nature and his heritage—“all centered on the alphabet.” The book, which includes a music CD, will be sold in The Museum Store. This presentation is included in the fee for regular museum admission.

Raymond is a native of Laredo and earned a master’s of education in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston. Raymond’s debut book, “It’s Too Windy!” recently received the International Latino Book Award for 2016. Currently she is residing in McAllen, Texas, where she is an independent education consultant.

On Sunday, June 18, the Sunday Speaker Series presentation features Ruben Cordova and Jack Ayoub who will discuss the history of the men who were involved in the Civil War while residing in the Rio Grande Valley and northeastern Mexico. Cordova will discuss the details of Colonel Jose de los Santos Benavidez, a Tejano who served in the Confederacy, and his regiment that patrolled along the Rio Grande from Brownsville to Eagle Pass. Serving in the Union, was Tejano Monico de Abrego of Matamoros, a captain of his regiment, who “fought at the skirmishes at Chaparral,” near Mier – a town across from Roma, Texas. The presentation will include other men who fought for the Union and Confederate sides.

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Ruben Cordova is also a volunteer at MOSTHistory. Photo above shows Cordova in a representative costume during Summer Nights at the Museum 2017.

Cordova lives in Santa Rosa, Texas, with his wife Anabeth Molina-Cordova and daughters. He is a former member of the Cameron Country Historical Commission and a current member of the Texas Heritage Independence Celebration Association Inc. Ayoub is a member of the Texas Heritage Independence Celebration Association Inc. and active with the annual Texas Independence Day Celebration in San Benito, Texas.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

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 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.