The Board of Trustees of the Museum of South Texas History is pleased to announce the receipt of a Relief Grant of $15,000 for emergency funding from Humanities Texas. According to Humanities Texas, Relief Grants were awarded to museums and other organizations that “administer humanities programs that have significant impact within their communities and demonstrated immediate need as a result of the pandemic.” The grant monies can fund overhead costs, the retention of staff and a shift from on-site programming to online programming making resources available to those who depend on the museum for education and connection.
MOSTHistory has been temporarily closed to the public for the safety of visitors and staff since the end of March, but the museum plans to open in phases beginning in September. New safety measures will be set in place. The loss of revenue has been substantial during the closure, but the connection with our community has stayed strong. The staff has been hard at work behind closed doors and in their own homes ramping up the delivery of educational programs through the production of digital programming. Summer Nights at the Museum, Sunday Speaker Series, Virtual Museum Happy Hours and soon, the Traveling through Time from MOSTHistory to You series will be available to contracted school districts for distribution to students, teachers and parents who are virtually attending and teaching school.
Thanks to the CARES Act signed into law in March, the National Endowment for the Humanities has made available over $1.1 million in emergency funding for Humanities Texas to administer Relief Grants to 198 Texas cultural and educational nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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.