One of the most famous Tejano stars is Selena Quintanilla, who was dubbed the “Queen of Tejano.” She left an impact on thousands of girls who identified with her pride in her bicultural heritage. She did not only deal with the racial identity, however. Quintanilla had to make her way in a male-dominated industry where public image is a key element of succeeding as a Tejano entertainer. But, Quintanilla was not the first woman in the Tejano music industry—many women came before and after her. So, who are these women? Find out about them during “Women of Tejano: Past, Present, Future,” a special presentation, featuring Tejano Music Awards nominee Veronique Medrano, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
Medrano’s presentation explores the impact of women who were part of famous Tejano and Conjunto groups, or solo acts. Her presentation will address achievements, leadership, courage and strength of the women who laid the foundation for the acceptance of women in the genre. And, to close the presentation, Medrano will provide a perspective on women in the industry who are currently vital to continuing the legacy of the Tejano music genre.
Medrano is a native of Brownsville, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2013. Following her graduation, she debuted her first full-studio album “Encantadora,” which was the first Tejano/Regional Mexican album to be crowd-funded online. This album earned Medrano a nomination for Best New Female Artist at the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards in 2014. Since her first nomination, Medrano has earned more nominations at the Tejano Music Awards including Best New Female & Best New Group. Currently, she is signed with CHR Records based in Corpus Christi and has released her third studio album “Loteria.”
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.