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

Gifts to the Permanent Collection, 2017
Marilyn Kuper Anderson.
Child’s cowgirl costume, photo, and sewing pattern, Alamo area, ca. 1947.
Anonymous. Portrait and newspaper clippings pertaining to Ruben Rivera, Viet Nam soldier from Weslaco, 1960s.
Kenneth Browning, Jr.
Lyndon B. Johnson Junior High yearbook, PSJA, 1981; photograph of area teachers Ethel and Edith Carmen; Scottish Rite certificate and family photograph.
Cornelius Cassady.
Annotated booklet, “Behind the Trophy Label,” Griffin & Brand produce company, McAllen, ca. 1976.
Carola Chapa.
Pamphlet on Linn-San Manuel Cook-off history; memorial bulletin, José Everardo Chapa, Sr.; pamphlet, Memorias en Prosa y Verso…de Don José Maria Chapa Flores.
G. Edward Codina.
Antonio G. Garcia collection of Masonic and other civic materials, Mercedes, first half 20th century.
Don Curl.
Citrus sizing tools, Citrus Fiesta costume ornaments, farm log books and worker time books, archival material pertaining to Curl-Tex and citrus industry, various non-fiction and fiction books of regional interest, and early institutional records of Hidalgo County Historical Museum (predecessor to MOSTHistory).
Tracey Davis.
Framed acrylic painting and accompanying story, The Guardian, depicting the Cappadona Ranch, Linn, 2017.
Edinburg CISD via Mark Montemayor
Nine photographs of flooding in Edinburg, 1940-1949.
Ann Baack Essling.
Digital copy, diary of soldier from Camp Llano Grande near Weslaco, 1916.
Dr. Lino Garcia, Jr. Colonial Spanish Texas and Other Essays autographed by donor/author.
Frances Garza. Nurse’s cape and hat of Stella Alamia Garza, McAllen and Edinburg, circa 1940s.
Lonny Joseph Gordon. Programs and commemorative material pertaining to donor, San Juan resident, dancer and educator, second half, 20th century.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hotcaveg. Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Cover Girl contest costume and official program, Mercedes, 1962.
Kurt Kneeland. Hinkle Funeral Home financial records, Brownsville, 1907-1934.
Cullen Looney Looney and Montgomery family papers including state and national political correspondence, Edinburg, first half 20th century.
Judy McClelland. Electricians’ manual used by McClelland Electric Company, Edinburg, 20th century.
Diane McIver. Digital copies, correspondence relating to U.S. citizens in Tamaulipas, 1916-1918
Virginia Meyer. Edinburg Junior League archival material, 1970-1979.
Dianne Evans Parry. Moore Field yearbooks and training materials, 1950s-1960s.
Judy Prater. Embroidered Mexican jacket worn in Harlingen, 1940s.
C. Davis and Shan Rankin. Postcard, Palm Drive, McAllen; book, Capitol Tour: Rio Grande City Student Council, 1971.
Robert J. Rektorik. Digital copies, 142 photographs of Hurricane Beulah, 1967.
Martha M. Rodriguez. Correspondence with Mexican folk performer, Maria León Ortega, McAllen, 1954.
Alvin Schaut Postcard, “A Home in Tropical Setting, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas,” 1951.
Andrew and Jane Smith, Riverzedge Estate Sales. Program with photograph of Irene Garza, McAllen, rain gauge, syringe kit.
Groover Snell. Transcript of 2017 interviews with former Edinburg farm workers residing in Washington state.
Ellen Stone Weaver family papers and photographs, Donna, 20th century; League of Women Voters material, lower Rio Grande Valley, second half 20th century; land abstracts, various tracts, lower Rio Grande Valley, 1919-1990.
Temple Emanuel. Book, Temple Emanuel, 50 Years, 1948-1998, McAllen.
The Monitor Twelve video oral histories about Hurricane Beulah, recorded 2017.
Gifts to the General Collection, 2017
René Ballesteros. Large picture frame.
Jerry Box. Contemporary charro costumes.
Cornelius Cassady. Replica 18th-19th century hunting shirt.
Ruben Cordova Replica Civil War jacket.
Melodie Cuate. U.S. Army blanket.
Don Curl Aprons, eating utensils, reference books.
Dario Garcia. Replica Confederate currency.
Silvia Morales. Reproduction broadsides from José Guadalupe Posada museum.
C. Davis and Shan Rankin. Porcelain doll, butter mold.
Patricia Riek. Calendar prints of lower Rio Grande Valley landmarks.
Alvin Schaut. Two Texas postcards.
Purchases 2017
Five carte de visite photographs of Brownsville, Matamoros, and San Antonio, 1860s.
Funeral notice for Major Samuel Ringgold, Mexican War, 1846; Mexican War forage receipt, Monterrey area, 1848.
Letter from Puerta de Agua Dulce ranch, owned by Richard King, Jr. 1901.
Crossbow bolt, circa 1450-1500.
Postcards of ox-powered sugar mill in Monterrey, 1936; border service poem mailed from McAllen, 1916; Grande Courts, McAllen, no date; Casa de Palmas hotel swimming pool, circa 1950s; Grace Richey Clarke weaving studio, McAllen, circa 1940s.
 McAllen-Pharr Urban Transportation Study Volume 1, 1968.
Two medicinal packages with images of Premont curandero Pedro Jaramillo, 20th century.
Prohibition-era beer bottle from Cuauhtémoc Brewery, Monterrey.
Stereoscope cards of Mexican scenes.
Wooden clothes hanger from Baum’s Menswear store, Mercedes and McAllen, 20th century.
Books, including “Blood Oranges: Colonialism and Agriculture in South Texas”; “Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities”; “From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century”; “Letters to Alice: Birth of the Kleberg-King Ranch Dynasty”; “African Americans in South Texas History,” and archival reference books.

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