Bearing Witness

The Bearing Witness Initiative is led by CEO Francisco Guajardo, Ph.D, and interim Assistant Development Officer/Archival Assistant Melissa Peña. Much like the rest of the nation, Valley families are reeling having lost 3,000 local souls and counting. People who’ve...

Mark Peña

This is Mark Peña having a margarita in Edinburg, Texas, in fall of 2019. He was born Oct. 23, 1962. His hometown was Edinburg, Texas. He died in Edinburg, Texas on March 29, 2020. Love of my life and amazing partner – amazing father to our children and truly...

Catarina Ozuna

This is Catarina Ozuna. She was born in Edinburg, Texas, on April 21, 1948. She died on Aug. 4, 2020. I am responsible and respectful lady because of my grandmother. Delkis Esquivel FAVORITE HOBBIES & INTERESTS FAVORITE FOODS FAVORITE...

Minerva Barrera

This is Minerva Barrera. She was born on Feb. 4, 1934. Her hometown was Mission, Texas. She died on March 17, 2020, in McAllen, Texas. Ways my mother impacted my life: As a wife, she taught me to prioritize my marriage, in good times and bad times. As a PE teacher,...

Lydia Galvan

This is Lydia Galvan. She was born on Sept. 11, 1948, in San Juan, Texas. Her hometown was San Juan, Texas. She died in McAllen, Texas, on March 13, 2002. She was a beautiful and kind mother and wife. She instilled in us a love of Halloween and would read us Georgie...