The Museum of South Texas History is accepting monetary donations to aid in the AASLH Hurricane Harvey Cultural Relief Fund which will benefit Coastal Bend and Houston cultural and historic sites that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) posted about the relief fund on its website Aug. 28: “We invite you to contribute to the AASLH Hurricane Harvey Cultural Relief Fund. You can donate online [or by mail]…. All funds collected between August 29 and September 15 will be given to one of our Texas partners to be distributed to cultural organizations hit hard by the storm… 100% of the funds collected will be distributed to cultural institutions affected by the storm. Thank you for helping our Texas colleagues in their time of need.”

There have been reports of damages to cultural and historic sites in Rockport, Texas, that include the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. Several museum staff members were fortunate to visit this Victorian-style mansion April 2016.

“This historical site is a landmark that has deep roots in its community,” said Cedar Risica, the assistant development officer at MOSTHistory. “Cultural and historical landmarks not only show the uniqueness of a community but also connect residents and visitors to the past. Collections inside of this site, and other historical sites, are irreplaceable, so to find out that most of them have been destroyed is absolutely devastating. Please consider donating to the AASLH Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, so that together we can try to restore these valuable landmarks.”

Executive Director Shan Rankin added, “Texas is a state with wonderful stories that define our character and culture—and many of these stories are stored in museums that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Much of our heritage may have been damaged or lost, but salvage efforts are underway! Join with us as we gather funds to share with Texas museums impacted by the hurricane. Let’s do our part to help the close-knit Texas museum community recover!”

Please make monetary donations online at https://aaslh.site-ym.com/ or snail mail at AASLH Hurricane Relief Fund, 2021 21st Ave South, Suite 320, Nashville, TN 37212, by Sept. 15. Individuals can also make donations at the museum’s Admissions Desk during the Sunday Speaker Series: Hurricane Beulah Sept. 17. For more information, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911.

Reported damages at museums and historical and cultural sites in Rockport:

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.