Telling Our Stories

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.

 

 

 

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.

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