Telling Our Stories: “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” 4/25 7p, presented by Duane Rasmussen

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, April 25th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” a presentation by Mr. Duane Rasmussen.

Mr. Duane A. Rasmussen has been a Valley resident as a Winter Texan with his late wife, Edith, since 1987 when they began coming first to McAllen, then Port Isabel and finally Laguna Vista.  Duane’s Valley roots go back to his Uncle who came to Pharr in 1918 and became one of the salesmen who returned to Iowa to sell farmers on investing in the Valley where production could be three crops a year.  Duane’s parents had been Winter Texans for many years because his mother was a sister of the Uncle.

In 1997, Duane & Edith moved permanently to Laguna Vista after selling out in Minnesota.  He had been publisher of two weekly newspapers and a large shopping guide as well as owner of a large central printing plant before retiring in 1993.

Duane & Edith participated in several area organizations with the most interest in the American Legion, Masons and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.  Mr. Rasmussen had a double minor in History and political Science from the University of Minnesota, so history has always held his interest.  His late wife, Edith passed in 2017, leaving Duane to his tasks with his favorite groups.

Mr. Rasmussen was raised to the Master Mason’s degree in 1950, his junior year in college and will reach the milestone of 70 years in 2020, if the Lord wills it.

Duane is a charter member of the Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33 which has a fascinating history in its early start in 1846 about the time the Mexican-American War began.  He continues his memberships in Fidelity Lodge No. 39 in Austin, MN and in Forest Lake, MN, Lodge No. 344.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Duane Rasmussen on a presentation on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”, he will relate the early and current history of the Lodge as is known from the few records that are known to exist.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Museums of Port Isabel & Laguna Madre Museum Foundation

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit or you may also send an email to