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~ 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.

Rick Diaz, “Con Mi Gente” Video Shoot at Museums Day of the Dead Exhibit

Rick Diaz, Channel 5’s Con MI Gente, visited the Museums of Port Isabel with his video camera and some questions about how Port Isabel celebrates Los Colores del Muerto ~ Day of the Dead.


Edward Meza, City Manager and former Museum Director, was involved in the creation of the celebration through the Museums in Port Isabel some 13 years ago.

Local Artist and Educator, Dina Saldana’s  altars, original art and displays are a Day of the Dead tradition since 1996. One features an original painting of the skeletons of her mother and father on a sailboat, a wedding photo and small items that were meaningful to them.

Jeannie Marie A. Flores, Administrative Assistant, came in Katrina costume and she and Gabriel Godines, Curator of Education and Programs shared information about what is scheduled for he upcoming event on Saturday, October 30th.

Gloria Bates, was on hand to perform a portion of the play she has written for the occasion. She will be joined by fellow cast members during the Day of the Dead celebration for two performances.

For more information on the Day of the Dead Celebration, click here: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/day-dead/ or call 956/943-7602.