Programs

Telling Our Stories: “The Forgotten Texas Patriot” by Manuel Hinojosa 2/22 7p

 “The Forgotten Texas Patriot – Juan Davis Bradburn”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7pm @ the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave.

Manuel Hinojosa has spent the last 25 years documenting the Ancient Camino Real, starting in Guanajuato, Mexico and crossing into Texas at Eagle Pass to the battle grounds of San Jacinto.  At San Jacinto, he was part of the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008 archaeological teams funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants to dig up battlefield artifacts that helped interpret the last battle for Texas Independence.

At the 2009 Battle San Jacinto Symposium, he was a feature speaker, presenting findings of the latest archaeological investigation of the battle site.  He also participated in 2001 in the archeology investigation at the Fannin Battlefield State Historic Park and various archaeological surveys at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  Mr. Hinojosa appeared in the Discovery Channel’s hour long documentary “Unsolved History, The Alamo.”

Mr. Hinojosa FAIA currently resides in Port Isabel, Texas.  He earned his B.A. in Art at Pam American University and degree in Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  Manuel recently advanced to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a partner with ROFA Architects in McAllen.

Mr. Hinojosa will be giving and sharing a presentation on Juan Davis Bradburn a Kentuckian slave trader that entered Texas in the conflict between Spain and Mexico’s War of Independence.  His actions as commandant of the garrison at Anahuac in Mexican Texas in 1832 led to the events known as Anahuac Disturbances.  As a Result of his actions, Bradburn was “one of the most maligned men in historical accounts of Texas in the 19th century.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with. Mr, Hinojosa who will be presenting “The Invincible Juan Davis Bradburn”.   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: Doubledays Bar of Champions 

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 or you may also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: 10/26 7pm Day of the Dead (Cemetery Tour @ 6pm)

Museums of Port Isabel Oral HistoryThe Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017.

On October 26 at 7 p.m., George and Virginia Gause will present this month’s topic, “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca”, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). Preceding the presentation will be a walking tour of the historic Port Isabel Cemetery at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

George and Virginia met in 1972 at Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, while they were pursuing their Master in Library Science (MLS) degrees. George was born in New York and Virginia was born in Alabama. After graduation in 1973 they came to the Valley to work as librarians at the Pan American University now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The Gauses have enjoyed collecting Mexican folk art for over 40 years. Attracted by both color and creativity they have traveled and visited with folk artists while enjoying excursions to Mexico City and the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Yucatan, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Jalisco and others. Their favorite area is Oaxaca which they have visited over forty times.

It was in Oaxaca that they learned the most about the Day of the Dead. Their presentation will consist of slides on the subject of Day of the Dead that they took during various trips to Mexico as well as some three-dimensional objects from their collection.

Before his retirement in 2011, George Gause served as Special Collections Librarian with emphasis on local Valley history and Hispanic genealogy. Virginia retired as Media and Marketing Librarian in 2015. For the past eleven years she has been moderator of ArtsRGV.com, an electronic calendar highlighting cultural events in the Valley.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with George & Virginia Gause about the “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca”. 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 goal 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 Madre 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.

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 or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: “Destination, Port Isabel!” by Manuel Hinojosa 4/27 7p

Queen Isabel Inn. Rio Grande Railroad. Arrival in Port Isabel from Brownsville.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017 on Thursday, April 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm. This month’s topic will focus on “Destination: Port Isabel” by Manuel Hinojosa.

Public is invited. Refreshments will be offered. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Telling Our Stories: “Treasures & Historical Museums” by Mary Gorball 3/23 7p

 “Museums of Port Isabel Presentation”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017 on Thursday, March 23rd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm. This month’s topic will focus on “Museums of Port Isabel Presentation” by Ms. Mary Gorball.

Mary Gorball grew up in Iowa and raised her three (3) children.  When the children were in school her husband agreed to let her get a job.  Her day started when the kids left for school. She returned from work when the kids returned from school, changed their clothes and ate snacks.

Ms. Gorball job was at the local bank which she started as a clerk in the Trust Department of the bank which she soon became an Investment Officer.  She was then asked to do the bank books which eventually ended up as investing banks funds.  When banking laws were changed, it allowed banks to offer non-traditional investments to be handled on the premises and Ms. Gorball became a securities broker and insurance agent.

In 1999, Ms. Gorball and her husband, Richard began their annual visits to relatives in Port Isabel and decided to purchase property for their winter quarters.  They sold their land locked home and purchased property in the lake.  In 2002 Richard, Ms. Gorball passed away.

Ms. Gorabll continued annual trips to the South and North, filling her time quilting, writing books and became a community activist.  She joined non-profits organizations wherever she felt she could be useful: American Legion Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, Chamber Ambassador, Garden Club Community Improvement.  She also joined the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation which was the first one to join and started volunteering as a docent at the Museums of Port Isabel in 2003.

In 2010, Ms. Gorball sold her property in Iowa, purchased a new condominium in Port Isabel and became a citizen of Texas. She still quilts, writes, volunteers and enjoys piquing the interest of visitors to the Museums and the community which she encourage them to enjoy the history that is contained in our Museums and further explorations of our area.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Ms. Gorball on giving a presentation of the history of the “Museums of Port Isabel” with emphasis on the Port Isabel and local area. 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:  Mr. Manuel Hinojosa 

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 or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: 2/24 7p “Port Isabel, Our Stories” by Dr. Sheldon

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2017 on Thursday, February 23rd, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will focus on “Port Isabel – Our Stories” by Dr. Eli Sheldon.

Dr. Eli Sheldon is a native of Michigan and lived in Texas for several years before moving to Oklahoma. Dr. Sheldon is an author, minister, and adjunct instructor for Oklahoma Baptist University. Along with books and newspaper articles, Dr. Sheldon is the editor and primary writer of a 60 page Historical journal published twice annually.. As a long-time Winter Texan, he has turned his studies of our area into a Historical coloring book. This is his second book produced in this manner and is the bases of the presentation on Thursday, February 23rd @ 7pm.

Dr. Sheldon is an award winning writer and received his doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His wife, Freida, is a native Texan and aids him in matters of Historical research. Dr. Sheldon has had cartoons and articles published in several newspapers. Dr. Sheldon is the author of a theological book on the subject of Near Death experiences.

For more contact information on Dr. Sheldon:
E-mail: eli.okc1@sbcglobal.net

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Dr. Sheldon on giving a presentation of the history of the “Port Isabel – Our Stories” with emphasis on the Port Isabel and local area. 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: Ms. Barbara Wells
Port Isabel Historic Preservation Board Member

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 or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

 

 

 

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