Telling Our Stories! “Road Hard, Horse Racing in the RGV” Manuel Hinojosa 8/23 7p

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History “Road Hard – Horse Racing in the Valley”


The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, August 23rd, at 7pm @ the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 East Railroad Ave.

Manuel Hinojosa has spent the last 25 years documenting the Ancient Camino Real, starting in Guanajuato, Mexico and crossing into Texas at Eagle pass to the battle grounds of San Jacinto.  At San Jacinto, he was part of the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008 archaeological teams funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants to dig up battlefield artifacts that helped interpret the last battle for Texas Independence.

At the 2009 Battle San Jacinto Symposium, he was a feature speaker, presenting findings of the latest Archaeological investigation of the battle site.  He also participated in 2001 in the archaeology investigation at the Fannin Battlefield State Historic Park and various archaeological surveys at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  Mr. Hinojosa appeared in the Discovery Channel’s hour long documentary “Unsolved History, The Alamo.”

Mr. Hinojosa FAIA currently resides in Port Isabel, Texas.  He earned his B.A. in Art at Pam American University and degree in Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  Manuel recently advanced to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a partner with ROFA Architects in McAllen.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with. Mr, Hinojosa who will be giving us a presentation on the “Road Hard – Horse Racing in the Valley”.   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:
Mary & Perry (III) Aby 

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.

Summer 2018 MOVIES at the Lighthouse!

Movies projected on the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse during June & July!


EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! You are invited to bring your family and enjoy a true Port Isabel tradition!

June 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
June 15: A Wrinkle in Time
June 22: Black Panther
June 29: Moana
July 6: Lion King
July 13: Cars 3
July 20: Beauty & the Beast
July 27: Coco

Sunday-Thursday 9a-6p
Fridays 9a-5p
Saturday 9a-7p

Sponsored in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Quik Stop!

BACKGROUND: The LHEC is a unique program which utilizes the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse as the backdrop for the projections of movies. Since 2004, during the summer months, family friendly movies are projected onto the side of the lighthouse. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a memorable evening under the stars. Mentioned in Texas Monthly“ as one of three reasons to get in your car and GO!“ We invite you to get in your car and go to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and grab a memory of your own! Admission: Free. Public invited. Pets allowed, but must be kept on a leash and mindful of their well trained owners who are prepared to clean up after them. Concessions offered. No alcohol allowed.

For more information: info@portisabel-texas.com.

Day of the Dead Celebration! 10/28 4 – 11 p.m.

Day of the Dead. Museums of Port Isabel. 10/28 4 - 11 p.m.


VENDORS: (vendor-application or call 956/943-7602)

Booth 9 – “Will and Jack’s Burger Shack” – Assortment of Baked Goods (Cookies, Rice Krispy, Sugar Skulls, etc.) & Candy Apples

Booth 10 – “Texas Kettle Corn” – Kettle Popcorn

Booth 11 – “Moore’s Rides & Concession” – Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs & Baked Potato w/butter, Cheese & Chili

Booth 12 – “Moore’s Rides & Concession” – Basketball Game

Booth 13 – “MOPI” – DoD Décor, Jewelry, Books, etc.

Booth 14 & 15 - “MOPI” – Nachos, Frito Pie, Hot Cheetos w/Cheese, Sweet & Sour Candy, Chocolate Candy, Assortment of Chips & Peanuts, Corn Nuts  & Popcorn

Booth 23 – “Tita’s Food Mobile” – Chicken Empandas, Chicken Sopes & Chili & Cheese Fries

Booth 25 – “Kona Ice of SE Cameron County” – Shaved Ice (Raspas)

Booth 26 – “Claudia Chapa” – Hamburger/CheeseBuger w/French Fries, Flautas: Chicken & Spiral Potatoes

Booth 27 – “PIHS Band Booster” – Brisket Tacos & Brisket Sandwiches

Booth 28 – “Jorge Pineda” – Light-Up Toys & Personal Globes

Booth 29 – “FlashCopters” – LED Lit Helicopters

Booth 36 – “Tu Salad Si Cuenta” – Blood Pressure, Weigh & Height & Check-Ups

Booth 37 – “Armario” La Duena” – Fashion Jewelry, Fashion Purses & Clothing

Lighthouse Undergoes Renovation



Starting on Monday, October 31, the historic Port Isabel lighthouse will be undergoing renovations by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The project includes maintenance and restoration inside and outside the 1853 structure. Weather permitting

The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, which houses the Visitors Center and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, will remain open. Visitors may take advantage of the Lighthouse artifacts on display in the Keepers Cottage, browse the information displays or buy tickets to the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum., TPWD anticipates the project will be completed by February 23, 2017, during which time the lighthouse will be closed.

For more information, contact the Museums of Port Isabel at museumdirector@copitx.com, 956/943-7602.

Pachanga in the Park! Sat. Oct. 1 in Washington Park…



For more information call 956/943-7602 or email jrivera@copitx.com

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