Programs

Telling Our Stories~ True Life Stories from the Mexican Revolution 9/27 6:30p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, September 27th, at the Treasures of theGulfMuseum,317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “True Life Stories from the Mexican Revolution”.

Gloria Bates was born inBeloit,Wisconsinwhere she spent her formative years growing up in the mid-west of the 1930s.  During her college years at theUniversityofWisconsin, 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 southTexas.  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 inSouth Texassuccessfully feature Gloria’s work.

Please join us as we learn about “True Life Stories from the Mexican Revolution”. 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 ofPort Isabeland 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 theGulfMuseum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: Mr. Scott Friedman
“Pirate’s Landing Restaurant” 

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~ Coast Guard History with Lt. Commander Wilson 8/23 6:30p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, August 23rd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on the “Coast Guard”.

Lt. Commander Charles R. Wilson, USCG (Ret.) served 26 ½ years on active duty, retiring in 1972.  He is married to Bertha E. Thumann Wilson and they celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary in September.  They have five (5) children.

Mr. Wilson served at the Port Isabel Coast Guard Life Boat Station (now South Padre Island Coast Guard Station) from November 1948 to October 1950.  During this time, there was a lot of unusual and interesting events that occurred that should be made a part of history.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, Mr. Wilson and his wife went into private business inSan Benito,Texasfor 26 years before retiring again.  Mr. Wilson has been active in serving the Community, a Past District Governor of Rotary International and instrumental in the Construction of a Veterans War Memorial in San Benito.

Please join us as we learn about the “Coast Guard”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsor by the Museums of Port Isabel.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabeland 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: Mr. & Mrs. Roger Brown

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~ Museum History with Edward Meza 7/26 6:30p

Edward P. Meza presents “The History of the Port Isabel Museums”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, July 26th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “The History of Port Isabel Museums”, presented by Edward P. Meza.

Edward P. Meza, born in Alice, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi. Meza graduated from Texas A & M University in College Station with a B.S. in Museum Studies under the Wildlife and Fisheries Department. Mr. Meza worked in the Museum field for 20 years, as a Executive Director for the Grayson County Historical Museum in Sherman, Texas, Curator of Education and Programs for the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, Executive Director for the Webb County Historical Foundation in Laredo, Texas and Director of Historical Preservation for the Port Isabel.

Meza was selected to attend a two week Leadership training course at the Smithsonian Institute in 1990, as one of twenty participants from throughout the United States. Meza has also served as chair for the following organizations, Chair of the Grayson Historical Commission and Sherman Historical Society, President of the Northeast Texas Museum Association, Member at Large for Texas Association of Museums, Board member of the Dallas Historical Society, Chair of the Webb County Historical Commission, Cameron County Historical Commission and the Los Caminos del Rio Historical Board and Charter member of the Tropical Trails Committee.

Throughout his museum career he also worked as a consultant for various museums in designing and developing exhibits including the: Van Alsytne Museum in Van Alsytne, Texas, the Dallas Chapter of Public Accountant’s Museum in Dallas, Texas, the George West Historical Museum in George West, Texas, the San Benito Historical Museum featuring the Freddy Fender Museum, South Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame, and the San Benito Historical Society, the Brownsville Historical Association’s Historical Museum, the Brownsville Historical Association’s City Cemetery Center and the Weslaco Historical Museum.

Currently, and for the past three and a half years, he serves as the City Manager for the City of Port Isabel.

Please join us as we learn about “The History of Port Isabel Museum”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsored by Ron & Cecilia Bliss of South Wind Inn.

‘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: Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss – South Wind Inn

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~ How to Care for Turtles 6/28 6:30 p.m.

Topic: How to Care for Turtles
Presented by: Sea Turtle, Inc., Kat Lillie

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, June 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “How to Care for Turtles”.

Kat Lillie, an Educator and Volunteer Coordinator will be giving a presentation on “How to Care for Turtles”. Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit sea turtle rescue center founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, the Turtle Lady of South Padre Island. This “Telling our Stories” session will outline the Sea Turtle, Inc. three (3) part mission of sea turtle conversation, education and rehabilitation. Lillie will talk about injuries they see in the hospital and the rehabilitation process, tell some exciting stories of beach patrols with the endangered nesting Kemp’s Ridleys, and talk about the Sea Turtle, Inc. educational programs. Lillie will also share what people can do to help these critically endangered animals survive the many human-inflicted dangers in the ocean. Shells and bones will be available for people to touch and a special “LIVE” guest will be on hand.

Please join us as we learn about “How to Care for Turtles”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel.

‘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: 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~ Museum History with Edward Meza 5/31 6:30p

Today’s Telling our Stories has been re-scheduled for next Thursday, May 31 @ 6:30 pm.

Edward P. Meza presents “The History of the Port Isabel Museums”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2012 on Thursday, May 24th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “The History of Port Isabel Museums”, presented by Edward P. Meza.

Edward P. Meza, born in Alice, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi. Meza graduated from Texas A & M University in College Station with a B.S. in Museum Studies under the Wildlife and Fisheries Department. Mr. Meza worked in the Museum field for 20 years, as a Executive Director for the Grayson County Historical Museum in Sherman, Texas, Curator of Education and Programs for the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, Executive Director for the Webb County Historical Foundation in Laredo, Texas and Director of Historical Preservation for the Port Isabel.

Meza was selected to attend a two week Leadership training course at the Smithsonian Institute in 1990, as one of twenty participants from throughout the United States. Meza has also served as chair for the following organizations, Chair of the Grayson Historical Commission and Sherman Historical Society, President of the Northeast Texas Museum Association, Member at Large for Texas Association of Museums, Board member of the Dallas Historical Society, Chair of the Webb County Historical Commission, Cameron County Historical Commission and the Los Caminos del Rio Historical Board and Charter member of the Tropical Trails Committee.

Throughout his museum career he also worked as a consultant for various museums in designing and developing exhibits including the: Van Alsytne Museum in Van Alsytne, Texas, the Dallas Chapter of Public Accountant’s Museum in Dallas, Texas, the George West Historical Museum in George West, Texas, the San Benito Historical Museum featuring the Freddy Fender Museum, South Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame, and the San Benito Historical Society, the Brownsville Historical Association’s Historical Museum, the Brownsville Historical Association’s City Cemetery Center and the Weslaco Historical Museum.

Currently, and for the past three and a half years, he serves as the City Manager for the City of Port Isabel.

Please join us as we learn about “The History of Port Isabel Museum”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and are being sponsored by Ron & Cecilia Bliss of South Wind Inn.

‘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: Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss – South Wind Inn

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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