The Rio Grande Valley borderlands of the 1910s was a hotbed for legends such as Jacinto Treviño, who is still considered a criminal by the Texas Rangers. The Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series online presentation, “1910 and the Making of a Border Hero: Jacinto Treviño,” featuring Daniel García Ordaz, at 2 p.m. June 14 on Facebook Live.
While the “Magic Rio Grande Valley” marketing campaign was distributed across the United States, the Mexican Revolution flared up in Texas, especially along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The borderlands activity was referred to as “The Bandit Wars.” Coming out of The Bandit Wars was one of the Valley’s first border ballads, “El Corrido de Jacinto Treviño.” Almost a century later, the true-life incidents paint Treviño, depending on who is asked, as either a villain or hero. García Ordaz will present the complex legacy of this borderland figure.
The presentation will stream at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Guests are encouraged to interact with the presenter by posting questions and comments on the live stream chat. The video will also be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s Facebook page and website at www.mosthistory.org.
García Ordaz, also known as The Poet Mariachi, is the author of “Cenzontle/Mockingbird (YA Edition): Songs of Empowerment.” He is a founder of the Gloria Anzaldúa Legacy Project and the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival. García Ordaz, who earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, is currently a teacher at La Joya Early College High School. He is a Navy veteran, a former journalist at Valley Morning Star newspaper and TEDx speaker.
This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.