PREVIOUS YEAR’S ACQUISITIONS

The museum gratefully acknowledges the following acquisitions to its collections, made in the previous year.

Gifts to the General Collection
Carol Lynn Looney, Tin container for Nabisco premium saltine crackers
Mark McDonnell, Box of Pontius sealing wax from 1920s

Purchases and Other Acquisitions
Book: “Hopping on the Border”
Letter written by US Navy officer Lt. Heber Smith while on board the gunboat USS Itasca, 1863
Menu for Bob Dwyer’s Embers Steak House in McAllen, 1975
Photo of street scene at Randado, 1923
Postcard: International bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros
Postcard: Meet me at the Fair, From RGV to the World’s Fair, June 1-Nov. 1 1933
Postcard: The raid in Brownsville, 1906
Reproduction deck of playing cards
Vintage dice and leather case from late 1800s to early 1900s

Gifts to the Permanent Collection
Lisa Kay Adam, Check from First State Bank and Trust (1950s), map of Victoria Palms Resort in Donna
Eric Alamia, Digital copy of a photograph of Juan Alamia
Anonymous, Yearbooks from Texas Southmost College
Roseann Bacha-Garza, Paper on lithic raw materials, projectile point poster
René Ballesteros, Programs to Texas Folklife Festival, 1976, Starr County Farm Worker Commemoration 2016 and Retablos 2007; USA Ultimate Texas Sectionals Tournament towel, pins and stickers
Lynne Beeching, Edinburg Junior High School handbook 1963-4, vinyl record of the Edinburg High School Bobcat Band, Golden Jersey egg carton, TV tray, dress, vinyl records
Jerry Lee Berg, An essay on the history of the KRGV Channel 5 News Station
Robert Capello, Newspapers, photographs and memorabilia from his coaching career
Carola Chapa, Materials related to migrant education
Kristi Collier, Brochure for the city of Elsa, TX
L. Michael Davis, Booklet: The Legendary Henry Clay Davis in early Texas, 1836-1866
Petra Diaz, Items related to donor’s career as a psychologist and her late husband’s career as a doctor
Vicente Estevis, Materials related to bracero program
Tom Fort, Financials from ECISD, 1973
Kelly Francis-Love, Busy board toy; document from a tax assessor in Matamoros, photos of unidentified people
Dolia Gonzalez, Letters sent by Sgt. Alfredo Gonzalez during the Vietnam War, photos, and other related documents
Connie Hanna, Tokens used at Hester Roberts Mercantile in the early 1900s
Linda Herman, Water wagon used on farm in Pharr
Laura Martinez Ilgun, Mexican dresses from 1940s and 50s
Judy Kiester, Rio Grande Valley scenery photos
William Lemen, Pamphlet written by donor: Desperate Decisions made in the WWII Pacific
Carol Lynn Looney, Items related to donor’s son, Will Looney
Karina Mancha, Art pieces created by high school students in Matamoros
Joe and Susie Mathews, Rio Grande Valley photos; Pan American College yearbooks
James McAllen, Digital copy of photo of Margaret H. McAllen from the 1980s, original Hidalgo County Historical Museum keys that belonged to Margaret H. McAllen
Mary Ann McCuistion, Limited edition prints of the Great Western Trail done by donor
Clarence A. McFarland, Postcards from the Rio Grande Valley
David Mendiola, Scanned copy of book: The Family of Juan Mendiola and Apolonia Flores, 1790-2009
Pamela Morales, Items that belonged to donor’s grandfather, Felix Vasquez Gomez; UTPA student records; pot used by donor’s mother when she was a migrant worker; Pharr 2006 All American City pin; UTPA Deaf Rehab pin; COVID test results
Maria Gloria Morin, Nursing uniform used while a student at UTPA
Debbie Nelson, War ration booklets
Valerie Ramirez, Baha’I records, Jose Cisneros books, poetry book, Emilia Schunior Ramirez thesis research, historical marker research, Schunior family records
Juan Reyes, Booklet on the Church of St. Joseph the Worker in San Carlos, 1960
Kristine Robb, Book: Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut: The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas
Kirsten Stephens, Postcards of Charro Days parade and orange trees
TJ Tijerina, Copy of Heroes for Children award certificate given to donor and associated newspaper article
Sylvia Wells, Documents and photos of the Cortina family and war photos taken by Mencho Cortina (owner of Cortina Studio)

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