Programs

February’s Telling Our Stories to feature Chief Michael Johnson ~C.C. Beach Patrol 2/27 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2014 on Thursday, February 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7:00 pm. This month’s topic will be on the “Cameron County Beach Patrol”, a presentation by Chief Michael Johnson.

2014-02-14_1223Chief Michael Johnson was born in Brownsville, Texas. Like most Valley families, the majority of their summer revolved around the South Padre Island beaches. Favorite pasttimes were fishing, swimming, and building sandcastles. With the creation of the South Padre Island Fire Department Beach Patrol Division, ocean lifeguarding became Johnson’s passion.  Fortunate enough to be selected as one of the first part time employees hired for the beach patrol, Johnson worked with S.P.I.F.D. for the next three summers and learned much about the ocean.

Later on in his lifeguarding carrier Johnson was able to work the 2011 and 2012 seasons in Galveston Texas, with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012, with a B.S. in Marine Biology and holds a current EMT-Basic and NAUI Dive Master certification.

Presently, Johnson holds the position of chief for the Cameron County Beach Patrol. It is Johnson’s personal mission to facilitate the growth and prosperity of this Lifeguard service for years to come.

The mission of the Cameron County Beach Patrol is to provide a professional lifeguard service to Cameron County Beaches through the direct prevention of and response to aquatic accidents, through public education and training.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Chief Michael Johnson. 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 last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: The Museums of Port Isabel

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.

January’s Telling Our Stories to feature Gloria Bates “Gone To Texas” Program 1/23 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2014 on Thursday, January 23th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7:00 pm. This month’s topic will be on “Gone to Texas Tales: G. T. T. ”, a play by Gloria Bates.

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 band 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.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Gloria Bates’ “Gone to Texas Tales: G. T. T.”. 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 last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: The Museums of Port Isabel

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~ Dr. MANUEL MEDRANO 10/23 7p (Special Date)

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present a special “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2013 on WEDNESDAY, October 23th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will be presented by Dr. Manuel Medrano. 

Manuel F. Medrano, a Brownsville native, is a graduate of Texas A & I University and the University of Houston .  He has taught history at Texas A & I University, the University of Houston, Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville, specializing in Mexican American heritage and U.S. history.  He has six published books including three histo-cultural  bilingual children’s poetry books about South Texas including In Body and Mind/En cuerpo y mente, Imagenes/Images of the South Texas Border and In the Shadow of My Soul/En la sombra de mi alma.  He has co-written a book entitled Charro Days in Brownsville and a history book entitled Medieval Culture and the Mexican American Borderlands.  His last book, Americo Paredes, In His Own Words, received a finalist award at the International Latino Book Awards in New York City.  In collaboration with the UTB/TSC Media Services, He has produced twenty six documentaries about the Rio Grande Valley, its people and its culture. One, el dia de los muertos, you will be seeing in a few minutes.  He is currently a member of the Humanities Texas  Board and on its Distinguished Speaker’s Bureau.

All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our co-sponsors: the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last 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. See Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/628539470502359/.

Sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel.

Telling Our Stories~ DAVID BOWLES 10/24 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2013 on Thursday, October 24th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will be presented by David Bowles.

David Bowles resides in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas with his wife and children. Bowles launched his D’ANGELO CHRONICLES in 2009. In April of 2011, Absey & Co. published THE SEED: STORIES FROM THE RIVER’S EDGE. In 2012, Bowles teamed up with painter Noé Vela to create MEXICAN BESTIARY. In August 2013, Lamar University Press released FLOWER, SONG, DANCE: AZTEC AND MAYAN POETRY, a collection of Mesoamerican verse translated by Bowles. He has served as editor for the ALONG THE RIVER anthology series, DONNA HOOKS FLETCHER: LIFE AND WRITINGS, the magazine FLASHQUAKE, and LA NORIA Literary Journal. His book review column TOP SHELF appears each Thursday in THE MONITOR, a regional newspaper.

All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our co-sponsors: the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last 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.

Sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel.

Telling Our Stories~ Steve Hathcock “Researching & Writing Local History” 9/26 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2013 on Thursday, September 26th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Researching & Writing about Local History”, by Steve Hathcock.

Steve Hathcock, a historian and locksmith, will present “Researching & Writing about Local History”. A founding member of the Historical Foundation of South Padre Island, Steve Hathcock also serves as chairman of the South Padre Island Historical Preservation Committee and as a board member of the Cameron County Historical Commission. He has written about South Texas history for the past 25 years and along with his work, he has published four books. Much of his work is published online and can be viewed at http://southpadretv.tv/ or at http://southpadretreasurehunting.com/.  Email steve@southpadretv.tv.

Please join us as we learn about “Researching & Writing about Local History” with Mr. Hathcock.   All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our co-sponsors: the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last 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.

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