What if you could take a trip from Rio Grande City to Brownsville on a steamboat loaded with bales of cotton, ready to export past a Union blockade in the Gulf of Mexico? Or, get on horseback, and join vaqueros on a cattle drive north through dusty trails and open range? Let your imagination run wild during Summer Nights at the Museum Thursday, June 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
Families will discover the River Highway exhibit, which features the history of South Texas and northeastern Mexico from the beginning of the Texas Revolution into the steamboat era on the Rio Grande and ending with the cattle kingdom at the end of the 19th century. This history will come to life with hands-on activities, living history re-enactors and entertainment. The steamboat and wharf will be loaded with tradesmen and, musicians and stocked with cotton to trade. Guests will learn about vaquero skills such as roping, cattle roundup and cattle branding. And, new this year, the Garcia Trail Riders will provide free horse rides for children outside in the Paseo, near the museum’s entrance.
Giving you a glimpse of life on the River Highway will be your favorite puppet characters that are back with a new adventure! Following the puppet show, enjoy an interactive scavenger hunt designed to guide your family through the galleries. Children who complete the hunt will receive a free kid’s meal voucher from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. And, there will be free lemonade from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers after you’ve had all that fun!
If families don’t want to skip dinner, Q’in It Up BBQ’s food truck will be on site selling tacos, sliders and more barbecue favorites. FRIENDs of MOSTHistory can take advantage of Q’in It Up BBQ’s 15% off donation. Valid for that night only.
Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price; passes and coupons are not valid: Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free. As a participating museum in the Blue Star Museums, starting Memorial Day, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission to all three Summer Nights at the Museum. Become a FRIEND of the museum to attend all three Summer Nights at the Museum – and more – for FREE. For more information about Summer Nights at the Museum or becoming a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, please call the museum at 956-383-6911.
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 N. Closner Blvd. 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.