For over two decades the Museums of Port Isabel has hosted a monthly oral history program called “Telling Our Stories”. Featuring a wide variety of topics from the rescue of sea turtles to the history of bricks in the Rio Grande Valley to shrimping history, this program has served to collect the stories that keep the history of the Laguna Madre area alive.
Since mid-March, the Treasures of the Gulf and the Port Isabel Historical Museum have had to close their doors. And with that, came the cancellation of all the Telling Our Stories programming. There are still stories to tell and audience that would love to hear them, so a plan has been put in place to continue the programming.
On Thursday, July 2nd, the first in a series of episodes will kick off with local Bobby Wells. Streamed on Facebook, the event will take us on a route through the streets of Port Isabel for a live conversation about Port Isabel’s history and its people. The format allows for comments and conversation while still being safe.
Scheduled for 2 p.m., the route will give a visual of the Port Isabel of yesteryear. Bobby Wells has been a resident of Port Isabel for the last nine decades and brings a wealth of information and nuances to the conversation of Port Isabel’s history and culture and customs.
Tune in live here: https://www.facebook.com/portisabeltx/posts/10158848636094752. The broadcast will also be posted on the Museum website at www.portisabelmuseums.com.
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