On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Museum of South Texas History will host Rickey E. Pittman as he presents “Forgotten Tejanos of the Rio Grande: Songs and Stories” starting at 2 p.m. The multitalented Pittman is an accomplished author, storyteller, and folk singer who artfully uses these skills to recreate and remember history.

A Republic of the Rio Grande flag will set the stage as Pittman starts his educational and entertaining program. Pittman said, “My goal is to tell the stories that have been left out of the history books and touch the hearts of everyone who comes to the program.Presenting at the museum is an ideal venue as they also tell the story of this region.” Music is also an important part of Pittman’s presentation. Visitors will be entertained with Civil War and traditional Scots-Irish songs while Pittman sings and strums on his guitar. In addition, Pittman will perform a song that tells the true story of how Ima Hogg was named. Ms. Hogg was an American philanthropist, patron of the arts, and one of the most respected women in Texas during the twentieth century, yet there is a general misunderstanding of her unique name that Pittman will clarify through song. Pittman has an array of books and CDs that will be available for purchase during a book signing following the program in the museum’s Grand Lobby.

Pittman was the Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition. He presents his stories, music and programs at schools, libraries, organizations, museums, Civil War Reenactments, and Celtic festivals throughout the South. Pittman currently teaches freshman composition and literature for Louisiana Delta Community College, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Virginia College Online.

The Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or click here. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.