Players from the 1963 NAIA National Championship Pan American College basketball team will virtually meet during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Reflections on the 1963 NAIA National Championship: Pan American Broncs Speak,” at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 on Facebook Live.
In 2018, the museum found a loose photograph identified in a Pan American college yearbook. Museum archivist Kelly Francis-Love referenced the school yearbook and identified the person in the photograph as James E. McGurk, who was part of the 1963 NAIA National Championship Pan American College basketball team. This set in a motion the opportunity to reunite the team, which was spearheaded by McGurk’s son, Robert, who is the current chairman of the museum board of trustees at MOSTHistory.
“It makes you kind of proud that he’s part of the history here [at the museum],” Robert said. “I’ve known that he was part of the historic Bronc basketball team in ‘63. [The photograph] brings it home.”
The presentation will broadcast at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Guests are encouraged to interact with the team by posting questions and comments on the live chat. The presentation will be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s website at www.mosthistory.org.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to 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. 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.