Telling Our Stories 4/28 6:30p History of Port Isabel by Gabriel Godines

“The History of Port Isabel” presented by Gabriel Godines

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present “Telling Our Stories”, the 2011 series on Thursday, April 28, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be “The History of Port Isabel”, presented by Gabriel Godines.

Mr. Godines has given lectures on the History of Port Isabel several times and actively gives tours through the Museums of Port Isabel for various school groups. As the Museums of Port Isabel Curator of Education and Programs, Mr. Godines has been involved taking steps toward educating the great history of the Rio Grande area to the public as well as helping to organize the Telling Our Stories events.

Starting out as a Museum Aide, Gabriel Godines used hard work and dedication to further his career as Curator of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Godines is actively in the Historic Preservation Board, the merchants committee, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation Board, the Cameron County Historical Commission, and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Board.

Historically, Port Isabel has always attracted the attention of humans. From the Native Americans, Spanish Conquistadors, bandits, and Pirates; Port Isabel has etched its importance in history over the years.

Please join us as we learn about the history of Port Isabel. 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 which 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, The El Paseo Arts Foundation, the Economic Development Foundation,  and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

Sponsored by: The El Paseo Arts Foundation

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits.

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Gabriel Godines at 956-943-7602 or visit you can also send an email to


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: or call 956/943-7602.