Programs

Telling Our Stories: 1/26 Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

“The Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse of 9/15/2001”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present it’s 2017 series of “Telling Our Stories” with The Causeway Collapse featuring the City of Port Isabel Marketing Director Valerie Bates as the guest speaker on January 26th at 7:00 pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum located at 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578.

As the City of Port Isabel Marketing Director and avid photographer, Valerie Bates has an up close perspective view of the tragedy that shocked the Rio Grande Valley. Her images captured a story that gripped the valley four days after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Disaster.

The Incident on September 15, 2001 has never been forgotten by Valley residents and an annual memorial service is held on the Port Isabel side at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge in honor of those who lost their lives that fateful night.

Port Isabel and South Padre Island have always shared a special connection long before the causeway was constructed. People including Native Americans would cross the Laguna Madre on foot during low tide or on horse back long before the first Europeans came to American and well into the 1930’s.

Please join us as we tell the story of the Causeway Collapse. 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 that 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 and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

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 Jeannie Flores at 956-943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

May 26: Telling Our Stories with Steve Hathcock ~ Local History & Metal Detecting

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Local History and Metal Detecting”, a presentation by Steve Hathcock will be presented at March’s Telling Our Stories.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, May 26th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.

No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

March 24: Telling Our Stories ~ “The Shrimping Industry”

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“The Shrimping Industry”, a presentation by Mrs. Charlette Boudreaux will be presented at March’s Telling Our Stories.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, March 24th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.

Sponsored by Scott Friedman & Pirates Landing Restaurant.

No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Telling Our Stories! February 25 ~ “Shrimp & the Shrimping Industry” by Inocente Zurita

Museums of Port Isabel Oral HistoryMuseums Telling Our Stories. Thursday at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, February 25, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum at 7pm. (317 E. Railroad Ave.)

TOPIC: Shrimp & the History of the Shrimping Industry by Inocente Zurita.

Sponsored By:  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 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Port Isabel, 1950s Shrimping Capitol of the World!

Telling Our Stories: Original Play by Gloria Bates “Milagra Maria, the Angel of the Lighthouse” 1/28

 

Museums of Port Isabel Telling Our StoriesMuseums Telling Our Stories. Thursday at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, January 28, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum at 7pm. (317 E. Railroad Ave.)

TOPIC: Original play by Gloria Bates, “Milagra Maria, the Angel of the Lighthouse”.

Gloria Bates was born in Beloit, Wisconsin where she spent her formative years growing up in the mid-west of the 1930s.  During her college years at the University of Wisconsin, Gloria and friends played in a bandTelling Our Stories: "Milagra Maria", an original play by Gloria Bates called the “Stardusters” they formed in high school and set about entertaining at various venues, Gloria on her trusty Gibson.  In the early 1960s, Gloria and husband Bob and sons Rod and Rex made a trip to south Texas.  In the late 1960s a teaching position in the migrant program in Mercedes made the move permanent and eventually the family moved to Bayside and then to Port Isabel where the family operated Seagull Imports.

Always the entertainer, Gloria continued to take every opportunity to sing and play and then incorporated both talents to play writing.  Upon retiring in November of 2010, Gloria turned her creative talents towards the canvas and has painted a variety of subjects including Day of the Dead, local scenes of cultural interest and is involved in commission work.  Several galleries in South Texas successfully feature Gloria’s work.

“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 Madre 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:  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 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, January 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Milagra Maria, the Angel of the Lighthouse, a play by Gloria Bates.

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