Imagine a time where great flocks of mammoths grazed on the prairies of South Texas. How would the first peoples have hunted these great beasts? Or, what if you were with Colonel José de Escandon on his survey of the Rio Grande? How would life change for your family in a new land with different people? Experience elements of these time periods during Summer Nights at the Museum on Thursday, June 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
The museum will be filled with demonstrators dressed in interpretative and reproduction clothing, and the exhibits will include fun hands-on activities that encourage children and families to imagine living in South Texas and northeastern Mexico hundreds and thousands of years ago.
A scavenger hunt will guide your family to activities such as hunting mammoths, digging through an archaeological pit, creating native rhythms, learning the survival skills of Coahuiltecans, packing Spanish galleons, knot tying, building a casa mayor fort, making tortillas and learning which items were traded in and out of South Texas and northeastern Mexico. Museum staff and volunteers will have two new crafts this year for children and adults alike. Make and take your own felt explorer’s pouch, and also express your inner artist with the new repujado (embossed) craft.
Children who successfully complete the scavenger hunt will receive a certificate for a free kid’s meal from Raising Cane’s Chicken and be entered into a drawing for a prize that includes items from the Museum Store.
To quench your thirst from the night’s adventures, free lemonade will be provided to guests by Raising Cane’s Chicken.
The museum’s puppets are back this year in the interactive “True Tale of San Juan de Carricitos” puppet show. Enjoy the story of José Narciso Cavazos Gonzalez who describes Spanish colonial life and the lands of South Texas and northeastern Mexico with Bright Eyes, a Tampacuas native woman, who lives on the lands.
Summer Nights at the Museum is a three-night series starting June 13 and will continue June 27 and July 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children who attend and complete scavenger hunts for all three nights will be entered into a grand prize drawing from the Museum Store. Bring the whole family for a night of adventures!
Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes and coupons excluded: Adults (ages 18+) $8; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $6; children ages 4 to 12, $5; 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. For more information about Summer Nights at the Museum or becoming a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, please call the museum 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 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 YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.