The Rio Grande Valley is home to unique and historic structures that tell the story of the people and heritage of this region. One photographer aims to create a comprehensive search engine that documents these wonders in a visual database. Deval “Pino” Shah will present “Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley Photography Project & McAllen Architecture: A Visual Journey” during the Sunday Speaker Series at the Museum of South Texas History March 10 at 2 p.m.

Pino Shah will cover the “Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley Photography Project” and the related four books covering Brownsville, McAllen and Quinta Mazatlan with particular emphasis on “McAllen Architecture: A Visual Journey.” The photography project documents 550 structures in the four border counties dating back to 1840s. Geoff Alger will review the McAllen architecture photography project and the book. Copies of “McAllen Architecture: A Visual Journey” will be available for purchase at the Museum Store following the presentation.

Shah is an architecture, world heritage and performing arts photographer based in McAllen, Texas, and Ahmedabad, India. He has published “Architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction,” “Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History,” “Galveston Architecture: A Visual Journey,” “Bishop’s Palace and Sacred Galveston,” “Quinta Mazatlan: A Visual Journey” and “Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.”

Alger is a historian, museum professional and amateur photographer based in McAllen, Texas.

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.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. 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, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.