Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail & Bagdad Exhibit Reception

Museums' Telling Our Stories & Reception: Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail

You are invited! Presentation of Bagdad artifacts & Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail Presentations! Lots of food and drink and tours and presentations and more at the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum!

• CHRISTOPHER L. MILLER is professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and associate director of the CHAPS Program. He is the author of Prophetic Worlds: Indians and Whites on the Columbia Plateau. He resides in Edinburg, Texas.
• RUSSELL K. SKOWRONEK, professor of history and anthropology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is the founding director of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) program. He is the author of X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy and HMS Fowey Lost . . . and Found! He resides in McAllen, Texas.
• ROSEANN BACHA-GARZA serves as program manager for the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She (with Miller and Skowronek) is the coauthor of Blue and Gray on the Border: The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail and coeditor of The Native American Peoples of South Texas. She resides in McAllen, Texas.

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Sponsored By: Laguna Madre Museum Foundation

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

Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit at Museums & Keepers Cottage NOW through 8/30

Museums of Port Isabel Hosts Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit through August 30th, 2019.Such a big exhibit that it takes two Museums and the Keepers Cottage to house it!

On display at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, including a children’s section and 2-10 minute films and in the Port Isabel Historical Museum, the RGV Civil War Trail exhibit features artifacts, hands-on exhibits and more that illustrate the importance of the Rio Grande Valley in this national story. The five-county region along the Rio Grande [river] between Brownsville and Laredo served as a significant point of contention as skirmishes between both Union and Confederate forces erupted along the border. And it is an important facet of American History that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas.

Visit ALL exhibit locations! Now on display through August 30. Bilingual.

Admission applies. Combination tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center in the Keeper’s Cottage [421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.] or the Port Isabel Lighthouse or the Treasures of the Gulf Museum or the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building [317 E. Railroad Ave.]

For more information: call 956/943-7602. Group tours are available with reservation.

Champion Building ADOPT A FISH!


Historic Champion Building’s Fish Mural Undergoes Restoration

Port Isabel, Texas

In 1906, just seven years after the 1899 construction of the Champion building, local fisherman and artist, Jose Morales was commissioned to paint a fish mural on the front of the 2-story structure. It was meant to promote sport fishing in the area. Over 200 images represent the species that can be found in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of South Padre Island.

Over the decades, the mural has been restored several times. Weather and other factors create conditions that require periodic restoration, so it was early in the spring of 2017 that plans were made to undergo this latest restoration. The Museums of Port Isabel has commissioned local artist, Angel Hernandez, to restore the 212 images that grace the building.

Restoration of the Champion Building Fish Mural


Other improvements also being made on the grounds of the Champion building includes the reconstruction of the walkway that leads to the Port Isabel Historical Museum entrance. Designed using the architectural details on the front of the Champion building, the walkway will feature the same millwork, proportions and colors that make up the gallery on the south side of the structure.


The Museums of Port Isabel will be fundraising for the historical fish mural. Those interested in participating can select the fish they would like to sponsor and contact Museum staff for payment processing. Selections are first come, first served. The project is estimated to be completed in the next couple of months.

The Fish Mural was celebrated on October 27th at 7 p.m. Festivities will include recognition of the donors and a presentation of the history of the fish mural. Details to follow. For more information on the fish sponsorship, please visit:, email or call 956/943-7602.

See what’s sold and what’s available:


Image # Species Donor
1 Background The Sherwin-Williams Company
1750 State Highway 100, Ste C
Port Isabel, Texas
2 Striped Mullet
3 Florida Pompano
4 Antlantic Spadefish
5 Spanish Mackeral
6 Gray Angelfish
7 Gag Grouper
8 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
10 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
11 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? The Gorball Girls 85
12 Red Snapper Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
13 Striped Bass
14 Spotted Sea Trout Family of
Dr. John R. Palmer, Jr. DDS
Brownsville, Texas
15 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
16 White Pelican Mary Ann & Roger Brown 200
17 Crevalle Jack
18 Wahoo Ben & Linda Champion
Family of Ben H. Champion
19 Blacktip Shark In Memory of
Bobby Marchan
20 Southern Stingray First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
21 Longnose Gar
22 Green Sea Turtle(?) Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
In Honor of Ila Fox Loetscher
and Our Volunteers
23 Sheepshead
24 Rock Hind
25 Atlantic Spadefish
26 Clearnose Skate Port Isabel
Chamber of Commerce
27 Ocean Sunfish
28 Striped Bass
29 Tiger Shark?
30 Black Grouper? (may be a Gag)
31 Snook
32 Red Grouper
33 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
35 Greater Amberjack
37 Gag Grouper
38 Ocean Sunfish
39 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
Established 1977
South Padre Island, TX
40 Southern Kingfish
41 Snook Jasper’s Casino
Port Isabel, Texas
42 Rock Beauty
43 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead The Collier Family
Kevin, Kristi & Kirby
45 Striped Mullet
46 Atlantic Croaker
47 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Robert & Linda Cutter 85
48 Atlantic (?) Flying Fish
49 Atlantic Spadefish  Mel & Donna Poyzer 85
51 Spotted Sea Trout Mr. & Mrs. Cary Causey 85
52 Gag Grouper In Memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Causey
53 Southern Flounder? Joe & Lu Human 85
54 Red Grouper
55 Cobia
56 Mutton Snapper
58 Ernie, Hetch and David Gombos
My Beloved parents and brother
By Lar Gombos
59 Sandbar Shark? (very large dorsal)
60 Karen Causey & Family 85
61 Kim Causey Manos & Family 85
62 Atlantic Croaker Curtis Causey & Family 85
63 Greater Amberjack Alice Mansfield 85
64 Frigatebird In Memory of Alan H. Coburn
Valerie Bates
66 Striped Mullet
68 Southern Kingfish
69 Gag Grouper
70 Gray Snapper
71 Spanish Mackeral
72 Robert & Linda Cutter 85
73 Spotted Sea Trout In Memory of
Captain Dick Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
74 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
75 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
76 Rock Beauty
77 Atlantic Torpedo?
78 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
79 Blue Crab Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
80 Striped Bass
81 Rock Hind Kim & Anrita Baier Family 85
82 Gag Grouper
83 Red Snapper
84 Atlantic? Flying Fish
85 Snook Ygnacio & Sylvia Garza family 85
86 Southern Flounder? In Memory of
Sue Randall Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
87 Goliath Grouper?
88 Wahoo Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
89 Caribbean Reef Squid Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
90 Spanish Mackeral Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
91 Shark Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
92 Greater Amberjack Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
93 Gray Triggerfish Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
94 Southern Hake Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
95 Blackwing Flying Fish
96 Rock Beauty
98 Clearnose Skate
99 Spotted Sea Trout In Loving Memory of
Dr. Ray & Mary Simmons
2007, 2018
100 Florida Pompano
101 Shark Joshua & Elsa, Joseph, Juan, Elyssa & Jacob
Garza Family
102 Mutton Snapper?
104 Red Snapper
105 Striped Bass
106 Ocean Sunfish
107 Gag Grouper
108 Atlantic Croaker
109 Red Grouper First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
110 Robert & Kim Gonzales
Daughter of Thomas P. Champion, Jr.
111 Snook
112 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
113 Red Snapper The Family of
Thomas P. Champion, Sr.
114 Snook
115 Red Snapper Uvaldo (Val) Champion Jr. 85
116 Atlantic Spadefish Suzanne Champion 85
117 Annemarie Champion Brand 85
118 Gray Triggerfish Joseph B. Champion 85
119 Crevalle Jack
122 Bald Eagle Southwind Inn 200
123 White Marlin In Memory of my Beloved Mother
Leonor Pro Meza who Adored &
Enjoyed Port Isabel, Ed Pro Meza
124 Wahoo
125 Spanish Mackeral
126 Florida Pompano
127 Red Drum Joe & Lu Human 85
128 Gray Triggerfish
129 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
130 Gag Grouper
131 Rock Beauty First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
132 Atlantic Croaker Wayne (Tex)
Special Friend, Bobby Wells
133 Greater Amberjack For my dear Port Isabellian,
Amber Shintaku-Bates
Valerie Bates
134 Cobia In Loving Memory of
William B. Barrera
Enriqueta Holland Barrera
135 Rock Hind
136 Gag Grouper In Memoriam of
Richard Gorball
From his Family
137 Red Grouper? The Benito Longoria Family 85
138 Clearnose Skate Norma & Manuel Hinojosa 85
139 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? In Memory of
Martha Longoria Champion
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward
141 Spotted Sea Trout The Jacobs Family
Bill, Linda
Lily, James, Justine
142 Atlantic Spadefish In Memory of
John Chano & Elvira Guerra
143 Blackfin or Yellowfin Tuna Christopher Champion 85
144 Red Grouper? Sarah & Jake Champion 85
145 Tripletail Carlos & Patricia Champion 85
146 Fred & Benita Longoria Champion 85
147 Jason & Cristina Champion Sims 85
148 Black Tip Shark From Mary Bertha
Granddaughter & Daughter of
Charles & Bertha Champion
149 Goosefish? Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
150 Striped Sea Bass
151 Blacktip Shark Richard Champion 85
152 Snook In Memory of Jesus R. Zurita
Juan V. Zurita & Adan O. Zurita
From Inocente Zurita & Family
153 Spanish Mackeral Darlene Coates 85
154 Mutton Snapper? Celina Barrera Scott
Heather Barrera Scott
William Hunter Owen
155 Rock Beauty In Memory of
Rev. Claude & Mary Hennessee
By David & Sam Hennessee
156 Las Ventanas Condominiums
South Padre Island
157 Crevalle Jack  Darlene Coates 85
158 Florida Pompano  Darlene Coates 85
159 Atlantic Torpedo? Duane A. Rasmussen 85
160 Tarpon Barbara “Bobby” Wells 500
161 Sheepshead In Memory of
Uvaldo & Bertha Champion
From Mr. & Mrs. Ed. L. Ayers Jr.
162 Flounder M. N. Caudill 85
163 Spotted Sea Trout In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Sanders
Leo & Nancy
164 Black Drum Our lovely daughter, April Lee Champion Ayers 85
165 Roundel Skate Edith R. Rasmussen 85
166 Red Drum  Darlene Coates 85
167 Striped Mullet Our GREAT Childhood Memories
Dana Louise and Deedra Sue
168 Goosefish Emery Green III In Honor of
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
169 Shark Israel “Winnie” Gonzalez
Mary O. Gonzalez
170 White Shrimp Brazos Fisheries
by the Cateora Family
171 Gulf Menhaden
172 Striped Bass In Loving Memory of
Gordon & Barb Good
2002 & 2016
173 Ocean Sunfish George & Virginia Haynie Gause 85
174 Red Drum Joseph, Samantha, Ashley &
Stephanie Saenz . Descendents of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
175 Snook Joe & Miros Saenz
Son of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
176 Florida Pompano SOLDBarrera & DiCorte Families
Luci and Mike DiCorte
Michael William DiCorte
177 Atlantic Spadefish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphinfish (aka Mahi) Laguna Madre Art League 85
179 Gag Grouper  Steve Bearden – Port Isabel San Benito Navigation District 85
180 Sailfish Donated by the
Frank D. Yturria Family
181 Hardhead Catfish
182 Crevalle Jack
183 Gulf Flounder Laguna Madre Museum Foundation 85
184 Sheepshead Greg & Shari Atwell
Chase and Travis, Descendants of
Joanne Champion Van Cleave
185 Red Snapper In Memory of my Husband
Albert L. Scharen
186 Ernestina Barrera
In Honor of her service
to the City of Port Isabel
187 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Chase & Alexis Atwell
Piper Atwell, 3x GG-Daughter
of Charles A. Champion
189 Blue Angelfish St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church 85
190 Tarpon Carlos & Jeannie Flores
Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera
191 Red Drum Arnulfo Aguilar Villarreal & Family 85
192 Scaled Sardine
194 Blackwing? Flying Fish Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
195 Black Tip Shark
197 Striped Sea Bass Anonymous 85
198 M. N. Caudill 85
199 Southern Hake
200 Gofftopsail Catfish First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
201 Lightening Whelk In Loving Memory of
Mary Jo Wilson
202 Ocean Sunfish Tim & Linda Sanderson
daughter of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
203 Blue Crab The Reed Children
in Honor of their Parents
Howard and Cecelia Reed
204 Florida Pompano
205 Crab Anonymous 85
206 Lookdown Louis & Shirley Champion
Kathy, Tom, Terry
and Freddy
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Amy Champion
Miles Champion
Mason & Mackenzie White
208 Clearnose Skate Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion
Augustus Champion
210 Manta Ray Charles & Katy Champion
Charlie, Louis, Joann
Mary & Fred
211 Greater Amberjack
212 Snook Calvin & Sandra Byrd 85
213 Lighthouse In Loving Memory of my
Husband Robert & Son Rex,
Gloria Bates

Contact Information:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director


Gabriel Trevino to Exhibit “Defining a Culture” during March & April (Reception 3/5 5-8p)

201403-04_trevino-exhibitDefining a Culture

Mexican-American painter Gabriel Trevino will open a one man show at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Trevino will present a collection of paintings for a show he titled “Defining a Culture”. ” Defining a Culture” consist of his most recent artwork produced by combining pre-Columbian style imagery with a contemporary method approach.

Reception: There will be a reception for Gabriel Trevino on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio

  • 1976 – Born in Brownsville Texas
  • 1997 – Fine Arts Program – University of Texas at Brownsville,
  •  Richardson Art Gallery First Solo Exhibit
  • 2006 -“Emerging Artists” : Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Jesus de la Rosa, Luis Valderas – Richardson Art Gallery (University of Texas at Brownsville)
  • 2007 -Invitational  “As Of Now” South Texas Artists – Ben Bailey Art Gallery – Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas
  • 2009 – “Tres” – Art Exhibition: Gabriel Trevino, Carlos G. Gomez, Antonio Antinori at Historic Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas).
  • 2012 – “LIBERTY AND HOPE” Solo art exhibit – Rusteberg Art Gallery – University of Texas at Brownsville


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