The museum gratefully acknowledges the following acquisitions to its collections, made in the previous year.
Gifts to the Permanent Collection, 2016
Anonymous or unknown. Lace-making machine, Edinburg, early 1900s; Pittman & Davis fruit gift box, Harlingen, contemporary.
Lisa Kay Adam. Three volumes, Mi Libro Español by Jovita Gonzales and E.E. Mireles, 1940-43; map and nautical chart pertaining to Bob Roberts family, Edinburg.
Marilyn Kuper Anderson.
Family dairy sign, juicer, farm sale broadside, miscellaneous archival items pertaining to Rio Grande Valley, second half, 20th century.
Marge Bentsen.
Ephemera pertaining to Thomas Robert (Bob) Vaucher, World War II pilot fro Mission, Texas.
Brenda Duncan Blankenship.
Edinburg High School Sergeanette’s hat, 1968-1971.
Juliet Bonham.
Three photographs of McAllen street scenes, first half, 20th century.
Diane Bunting.
Photograph of Delta Orchard Company’s field maintenance equipment and crew, 1931.
Gus T. Canales.
Family documents, photographs and maps pertaining to J. T. Canales and Canales family, twentieth century.
Edmundo C. Canales.
Records of the Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Commission, State of Texas, 2013-2015.
George Headley Edgerton (dec.).
Photocopies of correspondence and research materials, 1965-1999 pertaining to Headley family, Starr County.
Daniel Flores for County of Hidalgo. Set of keys to the 1921 Hidalgo County jail. (See also General Collection)
Tom Fort. Specimen of caliche from local caliche mining pit.
Stephen Fox. CD of PowerPoint, “An Overview of the Historic Architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Border,” 2015.
Ingrid Norquest Gardner. Two panoramic photographs of excursion trips in the lower Rio Grande Valley, postcard from Star Land Company, 1913Missouri Pacific booklet “The LRGV of Texas.”
Juan A. Garza. Three softbound compilations of research pertaining to the Crixell family of Brownsville and the 1906 Brownsville Affair.
Dr. Juan L. Gonzales. Specimen of El Sauz chert, Starr County pertaining to geological research project at UTRGV.
Gilpin Historical Society. Booklet “The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas,” first half, twentieth century.
Glenn Harding. Thirty-three panoramic photos of lower Rio Grande Valley, early 20th century; fruit-fly trap, lower Rio Grande Valley,1983.
Judy McLean Hitchcock & Carolyn J. McLean. Elaine McLean collection (1920-2014), Edinburg.
Joan Jones. Twenty-seven Mexican retablos on tin or canvas, mostly 19th century.
Cullen and Carol Lynn Looney. Three Mexican folklorico dance costumes from Edinburg schools.
Sandra Mann. Painting of Los Ebanos ferry by Edinburg artist Edward E. Nichols; photographs of Sacred Heart Church, Edinburg, and Hidalgo County Bar Association, 1999-2000.
James McAllen. VHS video on deer breeding program, Guajolota Ranch, 1982-1984; Tom Slack materials.
Judy McClelland. First State Bank of Alamo bag, embossing stamp from Valencia Bldg. Company, Alamo; second half, 20th century.
Petty Officer 1st Class William Mireles.  Cap from USS Freddy Gonzalez, contemporary.
Paul Moffitt. Two large cross-sections of petrified wood from Starr County, approximately 27 million years old. (see also General Collection gifts)
Pamela Morales. Artifacts and documents pertaining to Vasquez family of Tamaulipas and South Texas, including Mexican identification cards, agricultural and business documents, and pruning knife.
Phyllis Morris. The Advance News Journal, February 10, 1999. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Texas newspaper.
Scott Nicol, David Freeman. Wooden ladder used to scale border wall near Hidalgo, 2016.
Judy Perkin. Photograph of 50th reunion of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Class of 1943.
Flo Prater. Abstracts of Title, various Rio Grande Valley locations, twentieth century.
C. Davis and Shan Rankin. Greeting cards, commemorative items from the USS Gonzalez, and Uriah Lott by J. L. Allhands.
Rio Grande Valley Rails. Missouri Pacific Railroad forms, twentieth century.
David Robles. Digital photos of 2016 commemorative ceremony of 1966 Starr County melon strike.
Tiana Scruggs. Rio Grande Valley Newspapers: Souvenir Edition – Beulah! October 20, 1967.
Andrew Smith. Photograph of Edinburg Junior College sophomore class, 1940.
Sharon Stewart. Betsy Publishing Corporation records, Edinburg, 1981-1982.
Thinkfactory Media. DVD, “Avenging the Alamo: The Road to Texas Rising,” 2015, (utilizing MOSTHistory archives).
Tom Weekly. Elsie Pearl’s Friday Night Dancing Club ephemera, Donna, 1933.
George and Sylvia Wells.
Metate and mano, textile tool, bench, and photographs all associated with Enemecio Cortina family and 1910 Hidalgo County jail.
Gifts to the General Collection, 2016
Eusebio Cortez for Bank of America.  Framed photograph of Los Ebanos ferry.
Daniel Flores for County of Hidalgo.  Keys to the 1985 Hidalgo County jail.
Margaret R. Kent.  Ceramic mission figurines by artist Anne Greene.
César and Rosalie Lopez.  Piñata in the shape of folklorico dancer.
Paul Moffitt. Seventeen log-like pieces of petrified wood, 3-5 million years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Manolo Pérez. Mexican sombrero.
Gifts to the Library Collection, 2016
Dr. Cayetano E. Barrera III. One Family’s Journey: The Story of La Reforma Ranch, by Cayetano E. Barrera III, 1998.
Carola Chapa. Brewster School Centennial Commemorative, 1916-2016, by the Brewster School Reunion Committee, 2016. “Booklet on Courtesy,” by Carol Chapa, undated. “Hahía una vez…,” by Chapa family, [1988].
Jesús F. de la Teja. Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas, by Jesús F. de la Teja, 2016, (utilizing MOSTHistory archival material).
Ruth MacDowell. Stones of Remembrance by Steve Van Atta (2006) and Journey to Jubilee edited by Enid Sanford (1996).
Daniel C. Mettlach. Memories of Days Gone By, by Leona Mettlach Klaus, 2009.
Samuel Temkin. Gaspar Castaño de Sosa: Conquistador, Explorador, Fundador, by Samuel Temkin, 2015.
Angélica Reyna. Last Ride on the Ferry: My Life as a Migrant Worker 1940’s, by Angélica Reyna, 2014.
Felipe Salinas. Cesar Salinas – 18232212 – 954th Topographic Aviation Engineers, Rio Grande City – Roma 941st Engr. Aviation Topographic “B Co.” Texas, edited by Jose Salinas, undated.
Purchases 2016
Fossil oysters from Starr County, Eocene epoch.
Mexican War items: 1846 book, Our Troops on the Rio Grande; 1846 broadside from General Pedro de Ampudia, issued from Saltillo.
National Geographic, “The Texas Delta of the American Nile,” 1939.
Robert Runyon postcard, early 20th century.
San Antonio Stage Lines, 1847-1881, by Robert H Thonhoff, 1971.
Sculptures and ceramic pot from estate of Edinburg artist Richard Hyslin.