#GivingTuesday 2017 campaign ended Dec. 30, 2017. During this five-week campaign, visitors donated a minimum amount of $1 at the Admissions Desk during a transaction, rounded up their change at The Museum Store, left a cash donation at the Try On History display under the Grand Staircase in the Grand Lobby, donated online or mailed a contribution to the Try On History Project.

If you missed this campaign, you may leave an online donation by using the form below. Thank you!


The Museum of South Texas History joined the global movement, #GivingTuesday, in 2016. The goal was to raise funds for the Try On History Project which would help purchase reproduction clothing items such as dresses, skirts, boots, hats and more for the museum’s reproduction clothing collection. The effort to raised $1,00 and it was accomplished with the help of the community and museum donors.

In October 2017, a reproduction outfit that was purchased and used for an educational outreach at the East Foundation grounds in Willacy County.  More than 1,000 IDEA students were able to enjoy a living history presentation that sparked imagination. A month later, the museum participated in the annual #GivingTuesday campaign again. The $1,500 goal was short but every bit counts and visitors from across the country made contributions totaling to $143.24 — still enough to purchase a pair of boots and shirt.

Every donation counts. Your donations will last a lifetime. Please make plans to donate to the Try On History Project in November of 2018. Thank you.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.


Associate Education Officer Joseph Fox presents to more than 1,000 IDEA students at an educational outreach in Willacy County hosted by the East Foundation in October 2017. Fox is wearing a reproduction outfit purchased by the Try On History Project funds.

Keeping the Try On History Project funds local and fun! University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley students (seen right) in a theater class taught by Jenny Saxton make patterns for sunbonnets. The Try On History Project funds were used to purchase the fabric (seen above) while the students will sew the sunbonnets for the museum’s hands-on reproduction clothing collection.

A great opportunity to partner with the region’s university! Thank you for helping create reproduction clothing items that will spark a child’s imagination!

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