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Sunday Speaker Series: Health, Motherhood, and Infancy in Colonial Rio Grande Valley

September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This Sunday Speaker Series presentation examines health in the Rio Grande Valley during the Spanish colonial period from 1749 to 1821. Jamie Starling’s presentation focuses on conditions faced by new mothers and infants, two groups who were especially vulnerable to disease during this time. Starling also covers what colonial records reveal about understandings of medicine, epidemic disease, and both science and spirituality during this time.

Starling is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and an affiliate in the Mexican American Studies Program. He has published articles on the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso and New Mexico on topics ranging from the colonial period through the Civil War. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American history with a focus on Texas, the American Southwest and Borderlands.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must present their FRIENDship card at the Admissions Desk.

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.


September 29, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm