Programs

Telling Our Stories 5/26 6:30p PI’s “Whyless” (Wireless) Station by Rudy Garcia

“The Whyless (Wireless Station) Building”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present “Telling Our Stories” the 2011 series on Thursday May 26, inside the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:30 p.m.  This month’s topic will be “The Whyless Building” by guest speaker Mr. Rudy Garcia.

In 1916, Point Isabel Wireless Station was built on 20 acres with two 330 foot triangular steel towers spaced 1250 feet apart. The Point Isabel site was one of three wireless stations strategically placed by the U.S. Navy to cover the whole of North America. The First New York Cavalry was part of a contingent to set-up the wireless station as seen by the tents and horse-drawn wagons next to the towers.  Locals referred the area as the “Whyless” station.

The “Whyless” building, built shortly after 1919 served as a U.S. Military Barracks during WWI. Soon after, it was used as a Life Saving Refuge for victims of the devastating 1933 unnamed hurricane.

Having grown up in Port Isabel Texas as a child, Mr. Garcia now lives in Laguna Vista Texas where he has resided for the past 31 years.

Mr. Garcia attended Pan American University from 1973 – 1976, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelors degree of Science and Psychology with a minor in Sociology and English.

In 1988, Mr. Garcia received a Masters Degree in Education Counseling and Guidance from Pan American University of Brownsville.

“I realized education is my vocation after I left teaching to work for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as a Child Protective Service Case Worker for three years” said Mr. Garcia.

In total, Mr. Rudy Garcia has devoted 27 years of service working for the Point Isabel ISD.

Please join us as we learn about some of Port Isabel’s forgotten history. All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” is a free presentation open to the public which is held by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation. These presentations are set on the final Thursday of the month from January through September at 6:30 pm. Our thanks go out to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, the Port Isabel Merchants Committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, The El Paseo Arts Foundation, the Economic Development Foundation,  and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

Sponsored by: SILVER BREEZE, located on 417 E. Maxan St. on Lighthouse  Square inside the Faro Market.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on telling our stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you may also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories 4/28 6:30p History of Port Isabel by Gabriel Godines

“The History of Port Isabel” presented by Gabriel Godines

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present “Telling Our Stories”, the 2011 series on Thursday, April 28, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be “The History of Port Isabel”, presented by Gabriel Godines.

Mr. Godines has given lectures on the History of Port Isabel several times and actively gives tours through the Museums of Port Isabel for various school groups. As the Museums of Port Isabel Curator of Education and Programs, Mr. Godines has been involved taking steps toward educating the great history of the Rio Grande area to the public as well as helping to organize the Telling Our Stories events.

Starting out as a Museum Aide, Gabriel Godines used hard work and dedication to further his career as Curator of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Godines is actively in the Historic Preservation Board, the merchants committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation Board, the Cameron County Historical Commission, and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Board.

Historically, Port Isabel has always attracted the attention of humans. From the Native Americans, Spanish Conquistadors, bandits, and Pirates; Port Isabel has etched its importance in history over the years.

Please join us as we learn about the history of Port Isabel. All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” is a free presentation open to the public which is held by the Museums of Port Isabel. These presentations are set on the final Thursday of the month from January through September at 6:30 pm. Our thanks go out to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, the Port Isabel Merchants Committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, The El Paseo Arts Foundation, the Economic Development Foundation,  and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

Sponsored by: The El Paseo Arts Foundation

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Gabriel Godines at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to ggodines@copitx.com.

 

Telling Our Stories: Fishing Heritage by Mike Cateora 3/31 6:30p

“FISHING HERITAGE” presented by Mike Cateora

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2011 featuring Mike Cateora with the “Fishing Heritage” on Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 pm inside the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.

Mike Cateora is actively the Chairman of the Historic Preservation Board and Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board. For roughly 84 years, Mr. Cateora’s family has been involved in the fishing industry, going back as far as 1927. A Port Isabel native, Mike went into the family business where he devoted 25 years into the shrimping and fishing industry. Today, Mike Cateora is part owner of Cuevas Bait and Shrimp Company with business partner Jose Cuevas.

For years Port Isabel has always drawn the attention of fisherman well beyond the 1400’s from the Native Americans who inhabited the land to the avid sports fisherman that frequent the island today. Fishing in many ways has sculpted this area into one both Port Isabel and South Padre Island have embraced. Native Americans would use Padre Island as an unofficial home away from home where fishing was the main objective as well as gathering oysters and other shell fish. During the 1950’s at the peak of the industry, Port Isabel was known as the “Shrimp Capital of the World”. Today with fewer shrimp boats still in active use due to the importation of shrimp, Port Isabel has had to evolve in many ways from a fishing community and turn to tourism as a way to stimulate economic growth, but we still cherish those memories of old. That large catch of shrimp and fish your father or uncle brought back, that story of how the largest fish you had ever hooked just somehow got away. This great fishing heritage of ours is what made Port Isabel and its people.

Please join us as we tell the history of Port Isabel’s great fishing heritage.  All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” held by the Museums of Port Isabel is a free presentation open to the public. These presentations are set on the final Thursday of the month from January through September at 6:30 pm. Our thanks go out to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, the Port Isabel Merchants Committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

This event is sponsored by: Coastal Mail and Southwind Inn Hotel.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on telling our stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Gabriel Godines at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to ggodines@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories 1/27 6:30p Bob Cornelison

“A Fond Farewell”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present the first of the 2011 series of “Telling Our Stories” with “A Fond Farewell” featuring friendly Port Isabel/San Benito Navigation District Port Director Bob Cornelison on January 27, 2011 @ 6:30pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum located at 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578.

After nearly 30 years of service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, helping to transform the area through the Port Isabel-Harlingen-San Benito Navigation District, Bob Cornelison is now set on retirement.

A Vietnam Navy veteran who earned a business degree at the University of Texas-Pan American, he took a job as a manager at the William Carter Co., a textile manufacturer in Harlingen. Mr. Cornelison later turned to work in local government, serving as city secretary in Rio Hondo and city administrator in La Feria.

In 1974, Mr. Cornelison and his wife Carol came to the Valley, where she had family.

In 1981, Bob Cornelison took the job as port director and has been an influential person throughout the valley. Bob Cornelison has provided a vast amount of knowledge to the Historical Museum, helping comprise detailed information on the shrimping industry and the shipping channels. Mr. Cornelison also brokered a deal with the state to give the site of the Historic Lighthouse to the City of Port Isabel and has contributed in a countless number of projects with the Navigation District.

Join us as we give a fond farwell to your friendly Port Director Bob Cornelison. Locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free event. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” is a free presentation that is open to the public. These presentations are set on the final Thursday of the month from January through September at 6:30 pm. Our thanks go out to the Port Isabel Merchants Committee for sponsoring the “2011 Telling Our Stories” Series. Special thanks go out to the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, “Quik-Stop” Seafood Market, the Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

This event is sponsored by: Designer Consigner & the Purple Parrot, located on the Lighthouse Square.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on telling our stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Gabriel Godines at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to ggodines@copitx.com.

Museums Telling Our Stories ~ IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 9/30 6pm

“If These Walls Could Talk”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present the final “Telling Our Stories” for the year on Thursday, September 30, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Calvin Byrd, former Mayor and owner of the “Quik Stop Seafood Market”, a bait shop and fishing supplies store and Manuel Hinojosa, co-owner of Doubleday’s Sports Bar & Restaurant, architect, artist, and avid historian/collector present “If these walls could talk”, the evolution of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Byrd and Mr. Hinojosa will talk about the evolution of the museums and the countless contributors that helped with the acquisition of the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the Champion building and the Lighthouse. This is a story that has yet to have been told.

A former Mayor of Port Isabel, Calvin Byrd has contributed with the development of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Byrd has also participated with the Rio Grande Empowerment Zone Corporation as a Board Member and serves as a Chamber of Commerce board member.

Mr. Manuel Hinojosa, respected architect and accomplished artist has contributed to the Museums of Port Isabel, donating an extensive collection of U.S. Mexican War artifacts and Civil War artifacts. Mr. Hinojosa is also a Chamber of Commerce board member and has also participated with the City of Port Isabel in creating the design concepts of the new state of the art Event Center, which will grace the City of Port Isabel in the near future.

We welcome all locals and visitors to attend this free presentation. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

September’s “Telling Our Stories” is sponsored by SOUTHWIND INN; ‘Clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms that are so close to the fun!’ and QUIK STOP SEAFOOD MARKET; ‘Your one stop fishing headquarters’.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation’s goals are to educate and preserve our local history. With the help from supporters and the public, we can continue to preserve our past for future generations.

For more information contact Gabriel Godines at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com.

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