The Rio Grande Valley might have seemed like an isolated and estranged place from the rest of the state of Texas, but that wasn’t the case for the “Frontier Times Magazine” published in central Texas. During the Winter Texan Wednesday program titled “Frontier Times,” guest speaker René Ballesteros will discuss the magazine’s connection to the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
The “Frontier Times” published many unforgettable stories of America’s western frontier with testimonies from witnesses and participants of historical events in the central Texas town of Bandera and the Rio Grande Valley. Those stories highlighted where America’s frontier met with Mexico’s northeastern frontier. Ballesteros’ presentation will be followed by a half-hour highlight tour within a part of a museum exhibit.
Ballesteros is a graduate of the University of Texas – Pan American. In 2013, Ballesteros processed the “Frontier Times Magazine” collection, which is housed in the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives at the museum. During the process, he learned the history of J. Marvin Hunter, the publisher of the magazine, and delved into the stories in the “Frontier Times.” Currently, Ballesteros is the Programs & Events Officer at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas.
Winter Texan Wednesday is included in the fee for regular museum admission. No reservations are required. Resort/park groups are welcome to enjoy this program. For more information, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911 or visit mosthistory.org/events.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.