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Sunday Speaker Series Online: 1910 and the Making of a Border Hero – Jacinto Treviño

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Rio Grande Valley borderlands of the 1910s was a hotbed for legends such as Jacinto Treviñowho is still considered a criminal by the Texas Rangers. The Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series online presentation, “1910 and the Making of a Border Hero: Jacinto Treviño,” featuring Daniel García Ordaz.

While the “Magic Rio Grande Valley” marketing campaign was distributed across the United States, the Mexican Revolution flared up in Texas, especially along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The borderlands activity was referred to as “The Bandit Wars.” Coming out of The Bandit Wars was one of the Valley’s first border ballads, “El Corrido de Jacinto Treviño. Almost a century later, the true-life incidents paint Treviño, depending on who is asked, as either a villain or hero. García Ordaz will present the complex legacy of this borderland figure. 

The presentation will stream at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Guests are encouraged to interact with the presenter by posting questions and comments on the live stream chat. The video will also be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s Facebook page and website at www.mosthistory.org. 

García Ordaz, also known as The Poet Mariachi, is the author of Cenzontle/Mockingbird (YA Edition): Songs of Empowerment. He is a founder of the Gloria Anzaldúa Legacy Project and the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival. García Ordaz, who earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, is currently a teacher at La Joya Early College High School. He is a Navy veterana former journalist at Valley Morning Star newspaper and TEDx speaker. 

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community. 


June 14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm