A JOURNEY IN FLIGHT features an educational and cultural celebration

EDINBURG, Texas — The Museum of South Texas History (“MOSTHistory”), a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, invites you and your family to participate in the 12th annual Día de los Muertos celebration Sat. Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s event will highlight the annual transcontinental JOURNEY IN FLIGHT millions of monarch butterflies make to reach their winter home. Visitors will experience a metamorphosis as they travel through community-made altar exhibits and can add a paper monarch to the beautifully-decorated sacred oyamel fir tree. The transformation includes featured presenters who will entertain and educate with presentations about the role of the monarch in the Día de los Muertos celebration.

Highlighting the monarch celebration is Javier de  b     Leon, park superintendent at Estero Llano Grande State Park and World Birding Center, who will present “Monarch Butterflies: Their Amazing Biology and Incredible Journey” with striking macro photographs and details of the monarch migration. Dr. Sue Sill, an artist and naturalist, is the founder of the Corpus Christi botanical garden, first executive director of the National Butterfly Center, and co-founder of the Forest for Monarchs project that plants millions of trees to restore the environment around the Monarch Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico. Dr. Sill’s presentation, “Journey South,” pays special attention to the indigenous people of central Mexico who have incorporated the monarch’s flight into their religious beliefs.

The sounds of horns and guitars will rise and float through the air with Edinburg North High School (ENHS) Mariachi Oro as the opening act for entertainment. Traditional folklorico and interpretive dance groups will glide around our main stage in a flash of color and sound. Some of the most talented dance groups in our region performing are Conceptos Entidada Dancística, Grupo Folklórico RGV, Edinburg Housing Authority Lantana Children’s Dance, Edinburg Folklórico, Las Palmas Community Center Ballet Folklórico, Grounded Dance Company, Liberty Middle School’s Grupo Folkórico Aguila, Edinburg North High School Ritmo Dorado, PSJA North High School Grupo Folklórico IchtequíI, and CholoRock Dance Theatre.

As the smells of traditional foods float through the air to tempt your appetitie, you will want to dive into the menu of hot food and refreshing drinks. Start the culinary voyage with some elote en vaso, chicharrones con crema or artisan granola. Continue with a nourishing meal of tacos de fajita, four kinds of guisados en olla de barro, chicken flautas, bean and cheese chalupas and delicious tortas de jamón. If you are in the mood for something refreshing, there are several choices: fresh cup of fruta, 8 flavors of raspas and 3 flavors of nieve Mexicana. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of funnel fingers, artisanal desserts, calavera chocolates and pan dulce. Finally, gulp down 4 flavors of home-made aguas frescas.

The 12th annual Día de los Muertos event is included in the regular museum admission: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62+) and students with ID (ages 13+); $4 for children (ages 4 to 12); free for children ages 3 and younger. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For more information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call +1-956-383-6911. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.

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 through 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, connect on LinkedIn, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.