Programs

Telling Our Stories~ Steve Hathcock 9/29 6:30p

Researching & Writing about Local History by Steve Hathcock

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2011 on Thursday, September 29, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Ave at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “Researching & Writing about Local History”.

Steve Hathcock, a historian and locksmith, will present “Researching & Writing about Local History”. Mr. Hathcock is a founding member of the Historical Foundation, the chairman of the South Padre Island Historical Preservation Board and also serves as a board member with 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 three books and is working on a fourth. He has most recently launched a new website, www.southpadretv.tv. Steve can be contacted at: steve@southpadretv.tv.

Please join us as we learn about “Researching & Writing about Local History”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, following

“Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserve the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate out 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 last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored by: Port Isabel Merchants Committee

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.

Canceled> Telling Our Stories~ The Turtle Lady Legacy with Mary Ann Tous 8/25 6:30p FREE admission

CANCELED> The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2011 on Thursday, August 25, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “The Turtle Lady Legacy”.

Mary Ann Tous, niece of famed Ila Fox Loetcher aka “The Turtle Lady”, who began her work on sea turtle conservation in 1965 and was a pioneer in her field by playing a vital role in protecting the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles, will give a presentation on the history of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles and the efforts that go towards their protection. Illa was a major inspiration on her niece Mary and in 2005, Mary Ann Tous founded a non profit organization called “The Turtle Lady legacy”. Their goals are to educate and continue the safety and conservation of majestic sea turtles by following in Illa Fox Loetscher’s footsteps.  Recent events causing a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are threatening these marine animals and their nesting habitats.

Please join us as we learn about “The Turtle Lady Legacy”. 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: Port Isabel Merchants Committee

 

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or email museumdirector@copitx.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Telling Our Stories~ The Turtle Lady Legacy with Mary Ann Tous 7/28 6:30p FREE admission

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2011 on Thursday, July 28, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 6:30pm. This month’s topic will be on “The Turtle Lady Legacy”.

Mary Ann Tous, will give a presentation on the history of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles and the efforts that go towards their protection. Tous, niece of famed Ila Fox Loetcher aka “The Turtle Lady”, began her work on sea turtle conservation in 1965 and was a pioneer in her field by playing a vital role in protecting the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles, Ila was a major inspiration on her niece Mary and in 2005, Mary Ann Tous founded a non profit organization called “The Turtle Lady legacy”. Their goals are to educate and continue the safety and conservation of majestic sea turtles by following in Ila Fox Loetscher’s footsteps.  This mission is even more crucial as the recent massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatened these marine animals and their nesting habitats.

Please join us as we learn about “The Turtle Lady Legacy”. 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: 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 museumdirector@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories~ How to Prepare for a Hurricane with Barry Goldsmith 6/23 6:30p FREE

How to Prepare for a Hurricane
with Barry Goldsmith

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present the “Telling Our Stories” 2011 series on Thursday, June 23, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Ave. at 6:30pm.  This month’s topic will be “How to Prepare for a Hurricane”.

Mr. Barry Goldsmith is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Brownsville, serving the Rio Grande Valley and all of Deep South Texas. Barry recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the NWS.

Barry began his career in 1986 as a student trainee at NWS National Headquarters in Washington, DC, developing statistical equations on numerical models to assist the forecast process. Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988, he began full time work as a Verification Specialist, also at National Headquarters. In 1993, he transferred to the Baltimore/Washington DC Field office as a general forecaster, dealing with nearly every type of weather imaginable, including blizzards, floods, heat waves, destructive tornadoes and hurricanes.

In 1998, Barry became a senior meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Office in Tampa Bay, Florida, where he learned about hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. In late 2007, Barry was promoted to the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS office in Brownsville, where he now resides with his wife.

As Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Barry is responsible for building relationships with local government officials, local and regional media and community leaders across the Rio Grande Valley to mitigate the impact of hazardous weather by saving and protecting life, limiting property damage and reducing costs to the local economy. He’s also a “coach” within the office, ensuring that his staff communicates hazardous weather information effectively to help people stay safe when the weather gets rough.

Barry has extensive knowledge and experience communicating hurricane and other weather hazards. He has spoken or taught at dozens of meetings, workshops and conferences from Florida to Texas in the past decade. He was the primary author of descriptive impact information used by NWS offices during landfalling hurricanes. The terms “certain death”, used prior to Ike in 2008 and “water storage will be incredible by modern standards” used prior to Katrina in 2005, were originally crafted by Mr. Goldsmith at the turn of the century.

Please join us as we learn about “How to Prepare for a Hurricane”. All locals and visitors are welcome 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 Madre 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 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 museumdirector@copitx.com.

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.

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