Local specialist will lecture about monarch butterflies Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
EDINBURG, Texas — The Museum of South Texas History (“MOSTHistory”), a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, invites the community to “Journey South”, a presentation by Dr. Sue Sill Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
Dr. Sill will lecture about the monarch’s biology and unique migration including the impact on humans in central Mexico who have incorporated the monarch phenomenon into their religious beliefs. The presentation will also include an overview of her involvement with “Forest for Monarchs” reforestation program, a non-profit mission of La Cruz Habitat Project, Inc.
Dr. Sill is an artist and a naturalist with a PhD in Botany from Texas A&M University at College Station– concentrating on Tillandsia subgenus Tillandsia, a group of bromeliads that is found in Mexico. The first encounter with the migration of monarch butterflies was from her back yard in Pharr, when she was 12 years old. Fast forward 40 years to 1990 when Dr. Sill encountered masses of monarchs during her visit to El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico. She has visited the monarch overwintering sites many times since then, usually taking others to experience this world-class phenomenon of nature. After serving as executive director at the National Butterfly Center in Mission from 2002-2007, Sill retired from the position to focus on “Forest for Monarchs” reforestation program. She continues to paint and teaches classes with acrylics and watercolors and explores nature, a major inspiration for her paintings.
Learn more about Dr. Sue Sill’s adventures with monarch butterflies inside the Courtyard Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.
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 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–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.