Museums of Port Isabel Telling Our Stories 4/30 (Friday)

“The History of the Freemasons” presented by Warren Winger, Masonic Lodge Number 33, Friday, April 30th.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Friday, April 30, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Warren Winger, of the Masonic Lodge Number 33 will present “The History of the Freemasons”. Mr. Winger has been a Mason for forty-one years and is credited as being one of the founding members for reviving Point Isabel Lodge 33 in December 2007. Lodge 33 was originally petitioned and granted in 1847, but never established until 2007. His presentation will grant the public insight into the Freemasons and their influential impact on Texas history.

An exhibition on the Freemasons will be on display in the Historic Champion Building till the end of the year.

Both Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum will be open for guests to tour during the evening. Drinks and Refreshments will be served. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend. No admission fee. Open to the public.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation’s goals are to educate and preserve our local history. With the help from supporters and the public, we can continue to preserve our past for future generations.

For more information contact Gabriel Godines at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com

Port Isabel Museums Hosts Telling Our Stories 3/25

“The Spanish Fleet of 1554 & The Antiquities Lock”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, March 25, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m.

Steve Hathcock, a historian and lock smith, will present, “The Spanish Fleet of 1554 & The Antiquities Lock”.  Mr. Hathcock was a founding member of the Historical Foundation and is the Chairman with the South Padre Island Historical Preservation Board, and also serves as a board member with the Cameron County Historical Commission. He has written about South Texas history for the past 25 years, and along with his work, he has published three books and is working on a fourth.

The Museums of Port Isabel welcome all locals, visitors and Winter Texans to join us! Drinks and refreshments will be served. Open to the public. No admission fee.

March’s “Telling Our Stories” will be sponsored by:
Coastal Mail
– ‘Where you can handle all of your office and shipping needs!’
The Alex Avalos Printing Company– ‘Friendly and reliable service since 2002′
Southwind Inn– ‘Clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms that are so close to the fun!’

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation’s goals are to educate and preserve our local history. With the help from supporters and the public, we can continue to preserve our past for future generations.

For more information call (956) 943-7602, email Gabriel Godines at ggodines@copitx.com or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com

Museums of Port Isabel ~ Fundraiser 2/13

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The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 18th Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring SHRIMP & FISH & FARE & PELICAN WEST!

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 13, 2015, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Seafood, prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages.

Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price. This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs.

Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel. Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1FXNqc4.

Thanks to our sponsors! PADRE ELITE TEAM, TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, PORT ISABEL – SAN BENITO NAVIGATION DISTRICT, 1st NATIONAL BANK of SOUTH PADRE ISLAND!

Thanks to our RESTAURANT donors! Pirate’s Landing Restaurant ~ Rincon Veracruzano Restaurant ~ Whitesands Restaurant

Online ticket sales: https://2015-mopi-fundraiser.eventbrite.com

Thanks to our SILENT AUCTION donors!

  • Déjà vu Consignment Apparel – Beaded W/Shells beige w/Dust Cover Purse (Mary Frances)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts – Socket Set
  • Tip to Toe – (1) $25 Gift Certificate
  • Holiday Inn Express, SPI – (1) Gift Certificate / One Night Stay
  • Art Sea gallery & Goods – (2) Port Isabel Lighthouse Stoneware Mugs
  • Welcome Aboard – South Padre Island Tote Bag
  • The Inn @ South Padre – (1) Gift Certificate / 2- Night Stay & Hot Breakfast
  • Coastal Winds – Dot Painting
  • Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts – Red Orchid Flowers / Black Ceramic Vase
  • Kool Kuts Barber Shop / Beauty Salon – (1) Gift Certificate $60 Value Short Hair / Perm & Cut
  • Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar –  (1) $50 Gift Certificate
  • SouthWind Inn – (1) $100 Gift Certificate
  • Laguna Madre Art Gallery – Marge Ford Print “American Bold Eagle”
  • Veronica’s Beauty & Barber Salon – (1) $30 Gift Certificate
  • Schlitterbahn Waterparks – (4) 2015 All-day Admission Tickets
  • T. Leeman Company – Painted Print – PI Lighthouse Framed
  • Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Décor – Wood Handle Holder / Glass Hurricane w/Candle
  • The Light House Lighting Center – 52’ White PRO Builder Ceiling Fan
  • Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon – Free Hair Cut
  • Pearl South Padre – (1) Gift Certificate / 2 Night Stay
  • Osprey Cruises – (1) Gift Certificate for 2 persons / Thriller, (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Pirate Adventure Cruise, (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Bay Fishing & (1) Gift Certificate for 2 / Sea-Life Safari

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.


PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE
Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.

  • Summer Hours: Daily 9a – 7p
  • Winter Hours: Daily 9a – 5p

Keepers Cottage Hours (year around): Monday – Friday 9a – 5p. Saturday 10a – 4p. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel. 956/943-2262.

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 4p. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

TREASURES OF THE GULF MUSEUM
Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship Theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10a to 4p. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602

Individual Site Ticket:

  • to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
    OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

    • Adults: $3.00
    • Senior Citizens*: $2.00
    • Students**: $1.00
    • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
    • Museum Member***: Free

    Combination Site Ticket:
    to the Port Isabel Lighthouse AND the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
    AND the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

    • Adults: $7.00
    • Senior Citizens*: $5.00
    • Students**: $2.00
    • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38? tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
    • Museum Member***: Free

    Planning a Tour? For rates and information regarding organization and school group tours call Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email: museumdirector@copitx.com. Tour form here> mopi_tour_infoform.

    *Senior Citizens (55 & over); **Students (K – College with ID); ***Museum Member (with Membership Card)

    All ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum facilities or at the Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage and need not be redeemed in the same visit.