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Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Museum of South Texas History presents the 30th annual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day. Join us for an event full of costumed demonstrators, family activities and living history. Families will learn history firsthand by experiencing regional ranching and homestead activities, crafts and live performances. The museum will also host historical presentations during the week. Be sure to continue checking this event page for a full schedule of activities.

The image used is one of the many pen and ink drawings the museum commissioned from Borderland artist José Cisneros. Cisneros’ works were published in “Borderlands: The Heritage of the Lower Rio Grande through the Art of José Císneros,” which showcases 30 of the hand-colored illustrations depicting South Texas and Northeastern Mexico from the early 1800s to 1941. Copies are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Admission: Adults $9*; Seniors (ages 62+)/Students (ages 13+)/Active Military $6;Children (ages 4 to 12) $5; Children (ages 0 to 3) Free; FRIENDS of MOSTHistory** Free.

*Pay (1) Adult (or Senior) Admission and receive (1) Child (ages 4 to 12) for free.

**FRIENDS of MOSTHistory must present their FRIENDship card at any event entrance.

Weekday Historical Presentations

Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

“And Then The Soldiers Were Gone: Fort Ringgold and Rio Grande City”

This presentation includes a half-hour documentary by CHAPS from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.

Thursday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.

“Natives in the Home Landscape”

This presentation features guest speakers, Sylvia Casselman and Rick Leland. The duo will discuss how landscaping with native plants can reduce lawn maintenance and create a healthy habitat. 

Friday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.

“Just A Ferry Ride to Freedom”

This presentation includes a 55-minute documentary and short film introduction by Dr. Christoper Miller.

Times are subject to change.

Performance Schedule

10:20 a.m.      Edinburg North Mariachi Oro

11 a.m.              Los Cucuys de Rodney Rodriguez

1:45 p.m.         Conceptos Entidad Dancística (Edinburg)

2 p.m.              Los Cucuys de Rodney Rodriguez

3 p.m.              RGV Folklórico (Mission)

3:45 p.m.        Grupo Juvenil de Palmview

Times are subject to change. Updated 2/12/2020.

Activities, Demonstrations and More


Metal Stamping Make & Take by Gloria Reyes

Butter Churning by MOSTHistory Collections

Rock Petroglyph Painting by UTRGV Anthropology Club

Los Liberadores (photo opportunity and free pony rides)

Balloons & Faces (free face painting)

Try On History

50th Anniversary Photo Opportunity


Living History in the Rio Grande Legacy Exhibition

Drop Spindle Spinning, Treadle & Cotton Carding

Hands-on Knitting

Basket Weaving



Beeswax Candles & Condiments

Wood Carvers

Leather Crafts

Butter Churning

Wood Burning

Cowboy Roping & Trick Roping

Scouts Demonstration


CHAPS Civil War

Buffalo Bill

Texas Master Naturalists

Gladys Porter Zoo

STC South Texas Ink and Clay Club

Texan Native Americans

Frontier Trading Post

Food Vendors

E & B Elotes & Snacks

Guisados en Olla de Barro

Nieve Mexicana

Q’in’ It Up BBQ

Pan Dulce

Sodas & Aguas Frescas


February 15
10:00 am - 4:00 pm