Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, a four-week celebration of Hispanic heroes that have made remarkable impacts in the nation and throughout the world. And, among those who present Hispanic culture is the Museum of South Texas History with its mission to preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico.

Individuals can also provide a short description and photograph of an admired Hispanic for possible posting on the museum’s website and social media accounts. Below are samples provided by museum staff. We hope this encourages you to send a short narrative of your admired Hispanic. This information should be sent to pmorales@mosthistory.org for review and selection.

Let’s share our Hispanic heritage! Museum staff hopes to see you during Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information and/or questions, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911.

This is my grandmother, Josie Falcon Lozano. When I think of my heritage, I’m grateful she is part of it. She is one of the most compassionate people I know. She is smart, talented, and so strong.

She worked with LULAC and Dr. Hector Garcia, as well as her father-in-law, Gabe Lozano Sr. for a long time. She ran an insurance business in Corpus Christi for years while raising five children. She’s been recognized for her work as a Hispanic woman in the business community. She loves to sing and has performed at so many weddings, funerals, and churches. She sings serenades with a group of musicians for Mother’s Day. She had horses for a number of years and participated in quite a few trail rides up Texas, keeping that tradition alive.

I’m so happy I was able to grow up knowing her and joining in with all she was a part of.  I would consider her a wonderful role model to celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month!

Melissa Peña

Archival Assistant, Museum of South Texas History

Daniella and me in 2014 before her internship in Washington D.C.

Hispanics, in my experience, are the most hardworking people, and it is especially true for Rio Grande Valley natives. There’s a narrative most Valley natives hear: The Valley is poor; therefore, we can’t achieve as much as our northern neighbors. I heard that statement often while attending public school in the Valley. However, it wasn’t until I worked at the student newspaper, The Pan American, at the University of Texas – Pan American (now University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley) that the statement wasn’t true for all of us.

Working at the student newspaper was the most memorable of my college career, because I shared a common goal: First-generation college students seeking to share talents with the world. Most of the students working at the student newspaper were Hispanics and from financially-struggling families. I remember sitting around the newsroom talking about our parents working hard to make sure we had an education and that earning a bachelor’s degree was one of the ways in making sure we made our parents proud. Among those who shared this struggle was Daniella Diaz, who is now a breaking news reporter at CNN Politics Digital in Washington, D.C. I recently re-connected with Diaz, 25, for Hispanic Heritage Month to discuss about Hispanic families instilling a strong work ethic.

“My mother and father are the most hardworking people I know,” said Diaz in an e-mail interview. “They came to the United States more than 30 years ago and all they’ve done since is succeed — all for the sake of their children and grandchildren. I’m so grateful to have had them as role models.”

One of the many reasons why I admired Diaz and the rest of the students at The Pan American was the need to support our families financially. Not only was I working at the student newspaper five days a week, I was working weekends at a local TV station. And Diaz?

“During college, I was offered a full-time job at my local newspaper The Monitor while I was going to school full-time,” said Diaz. “It was the most rewarding experience to be able to learn how to work at a newspaper while I was going to school for journalism. But I am a strong advocate that minorities, like me, have to be offered the opportunities to succeed. I was lucky to have that growing up.”

Although my past choices have kept me from a journalism career, I still root for my fellow Hispanics who strive for success in the journalism world. Diaz’s determination is something, I believe, Hispanics can relate to or aspire to become. I wish nothing but joy, success and blessings from God for Daniella Diaz during this celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Pamela Morales

Communications Officer, Museum of South Texas History