Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit at Museums & Keepers Cottage NOW through 8/30

Museums of Port Isabel Hosts Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit through August 30th, 2019.Such a big exhibit that it takes two Museums and the Keepers Cottage to house it!

On display at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, including a children’s section and 2-10 minute films and in the Port Isabel Historical Museum, the RGV Civil War Trail exhibit features artifacts, hands-on exhibits and more that illustrate the importance of the Rio Grande Valley in this national story. The five-county region along the Rio Grande [river] between Brownsville and Laredo served as a significant point of contention as skirmishes between both Union and Confederate forces erupted along the border. And it is an important facet of American History that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas.

Visit ALL exhibit locations! Now on display through August 30. Bilingual.

Admission applies. Combination tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center in the Keeper’s Cottage [421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.] or the Port Isabel Lighthouse or the Treasures of the Gulf Museum or the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building [317 E. Railroad Ave.]

For more information: call 956/943-7602. Group tours are available with reservation.

Summer 2019 Movies at the Lighthouse! 7/12 VENOM

Movies at the Port Isabel Lighthouse!Friday, July 12th, VENOM! 9:30 p.m.

The 2019 Season of Lighthouse Establishment Cinema starts on June 7th! Every Friday night in June & July at 9:30 p.m. Free admission! A Port Isabel tradition since 2005!

7/19: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
7/26: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: The Hidden World
Lighthouse Establishment Cinema at the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse!

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 Monthlyas 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. No hard-sided coolers allowed.

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

 

Telling Our Stories: “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33″ 4/25 7p, presented by Duane Rasmussen

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, April 25th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” a presentation by Mr. Duane Rasmussen.

Mr. Duane A. Rasmussen has been a Valley resident as a Winter Texan with his late wife, Edith, since 1987 when they began coming first to McAllen, then Port Isabel and finally Laguna Vista.  Duane’s Valley roots go back to his Uncle who came to Pharr in 1918 and became one of the salesmen who returned to Iowa to sell farmers on investing in the Valley where production could be three crops a year.  Duane’s parents had been Winter Texans for many years because his mother was a sister of the Uncle.

In 1997, Duane & Edith moved permanently to Laguna Vista after selling out in Minnesota.  He had been publisher of two weekly newspapers and a large shopping guide as well as owner of a large central printing plant before retiring in 1993.

Duane & Edith participated in several area organizations with the most interest in the American Legion, Masons and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.  Mr. Rasmussen had a double minor in History and political Science from the University of Minnesota, so history has always held his interest.  His late wife, Edith passed in 2017, leaving Duane to his tasks with his favorite groups.

Mr. Rasmussen was raised to the Master Mason’s degree in 1950, his junior year in college and will reach the milestone of 70 years in 2020, if the Lord wills it.

Duane is a charter member of the Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33 which has a fascinating history in its early start in 1846 about the time the Mexican-American War began.  He continues his memberships in Fidelity Lodge No. 39 in Austin, MN and in Forest Lake, MN, Lodge No. 344.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Duane Rasmussen on a presentation on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”, he will relate the early and current history of the Lodge as is known from the few records that are known to exist.  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:  Museums of Port Isabel & 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 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto” by Douglas Murphy 3/28 7p

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, March 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto” a presentation by Mr. Douglas Murphy.

Mr. Murphy is the Chief of Operations at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, managing daily operations of the site and public programs.  He has researched and written extensively on the history of the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War.  Presentation will provide an overview of the US-Mexican War on the Rio Grande and offer some aside on interesting takeaways from the actions.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Douglas Murphy on a presentation on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”.  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. & Mrs. Ron Bliss

PI Historic Preservation Board Members

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Queen Isabella Market Day: Sat. 4/13 9a – 4p

Queen Isabella Market Day. 4/13, 9a to 4p at the Port Isabel Lighthouse.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with music, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special admission price to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and Port Isabel Historical Museum & Treasures of the Gulf Museum, $1.00 each site, all day, Saturday, April 13.

There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors selling collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse.

A tent with tables and chairs will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

See VENDOR INFO & APPLICATION.

VENDORS!

Booth Space 10 “Ofelia Daniels” - Jewelry made out of Spent Bullet Casings

Booth Space 11 “Colorful Crochet Creations” - Crochet Stuffed Animals

Booth Space 16 “Resurrection” - Jewelry & Antiques

Booth Space 17 “Aloe Re-Leaf Skin Care” - Aloe Vera & Natural Skin Care Products

Booth Space 18 “Elvia’s Little Jeans” - Jewelry, Hair Accessories

Booth Space 19 “MOPI” - Gift Shop Merchandise

Booth Space 24 “Enhance Sales Inc.” - Handmade Ceramic & Wood Crafts

Booth Space 25 & 26 “Abel Loredo” - Woodwork Items & Cacti and Succulents

Booth Space 27 “Pieces of Padre” - Seashell Art & Misc …

Booth Space 28 “Doug-Glass” - Dichroic Jewelry

Booth Space 29 “PW Farm” - Blackgarlic, Blackgarlic Spreads, Blackgarlic Jelly

Booth Space 31 “Origami Owl” - Custom Jewelry

Booth Space 32 “Serendipity Jelly” - Gourmet Jellies & Jams

Booth Space 38 & 39 “Twisted Iron Imports” - Wrought Iron Decor

Booth Space 46 “Chick-fil-A Boca Chica” - Chicken Sandwiches & Chips

Booth Space 47 “J & R Tacos” - Tacos de Bistek & Lonches de Bistek or Groundbeef

Booth Space 48 “Texas Kettle Corn” - Kettle Corn Popcorn

Booth Space 51 “Claudia Chapa” - Spiral Potatoes, Funnel Cakes & Agua Frescas

SPONSORED in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Chic-Fil-A (Boca Chica)

BACKGROUND:

Queen Isabella Market Day dates from the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel. Celebrated in 2003, the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel included a street parade, open house at the Museums and the Lighthouse and the first ever Queen Isabella Market Day. The City of Port Isabel also minted a limited edition coin to commemorate the historic event. Queen Isabella Market Day continues as an outreach of the Museums of Port Isabel.

THE QUEEN ISABELLA CONNECTION:

In 1492, Queen Isabella financed Christopher Columbus’ exploratory expedition to this part of the New World. Community leaders in the Laguna Madre area recognized the importance of this partnership and named not just one causeway in her honor in 1954, but again in 1974, when the second causeway was constructed it too was named in her honor. On July 4, 1954, the grand opening of the first causeway was graced by the Consulate of Spain who was among the dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon. Queen Isabella is further honored at our annual Market day each April.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director
956/943-7602
museumdirector@copitx.com

VENDORS:

10 “Ofelia Daniels” - Jewelry made out of Spent Bullet Casings
17 “Aloe Re-Leaf Skin Care” - Aloe Vera & Natural Skin Care Products
19 “MOPI” - Gift Shop Merchandise
24 “Enhance Sales Inc.” - Handmade Ceramic & Wood Crafts
27 “Pieces of Padre” - Seashell Art & Misc …
28 “Doug-Glass” - Dichroic Jewelry
38 & 39 “Twisted Iron Imports” - Wrought Iron Decor

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