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Sunday Speaker Series: Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850

August 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The book, “Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850,” is compiled of oral histories conducted by Emilia Schunior Ramirez, a well-known teacher, education administrator and college Spanish professor in the Rio Grande Valley. Schunior Ramirez interviewed her parents and other relatives who lived on nearby ranches. Her manuscript was written to be part of a larger book that would highlight the heritage of ranch life in Hidalgo County but the project fell through.

In 1971, Schunior Ramirez’s son, Alfonso R. Ramirez, who had founded New Santander Press, was able to publish his mother’s manuscript. About 40 years later, Ramirez’s son, Robert Ramirez, published the second edition with additional resources such as a new appendix relating to ranch history, news accounts and biographies of the Ramirez family. The book has become a valuable research tool for South Texas writers and historians.

Following the presentation, guests can purchase a copy of “Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850” at the Museum Store, to which Ramírez will be pleased to add his personalized autograph.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory 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.


August 5, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm