National Weather Service to give short presentation

In 1967, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico suffered the destruction and consequences of Hurricane Beulah. This historic hurricane and its impact will be discussed during the next Sunday Speaker Series presentation on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.

The massive hurricane made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande on Sept. 20, 1967 and came to be regarded as the third largest hurricane of the 20th century, spawning a record 115 tornadoes and measuring over 600 miles in diameter. Massive flooding occurred throughout the region, and many Mexican citizens fled to safety in the U.S. A representative from the National Weather Service of Brownsville will discuss how this hurricane affected the Valley and our neighbors south of the border.

Children can be seen playing in the flooded streets from Hurricane Beulah

The presentation, “Beulah, Then and Now: Is the Valley Ready in 2017?”, will explore how this region would withstand another hurricane like Beulah. Following the presentation, guests can watch a short film on Hurricane Beulah followed by an exclusive screening of staff interviews who remember the hurricane’s wrath. And, before and after, Joseph Fox, the associate education officer, will record oral histories with interested individuals who would like to share memories or stories about Hurricane Beulah. If you cannot attend this program but would like to provide memories or stories, please give us a call at 956-383-6911.

Museum staff will also be accepting cash donations for the American Association for State and Local History Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which will help the cultural and historic sites rebuild from the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum 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.

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 MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.