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Telling Our Stories 1/27 6:30p Bob Cornelison

24 January 2011

“A Fond Farewell”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present the first of the 2011 series of “Telling Our Stories” with “A Fond Farewell” featuring friendly Port Isabel/San Benito Navigation District Port Director Bob Cornelison on January 27, 2011 @ 6:30pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum located at 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578.

After nearly 30 years of service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, helping to transform the area through the Port Isabel-Harlingen-San Benito Navigation District, Bob Cornelison is now set on retirement.

A Vietnam Navy veteran who earned a business degree at the University of Texas-Pan American, he took a job as a manager at the William Carter Co., a textile manufacturer in Harlingen. Mr. Cornelison later turned to work in local government, serving as city secretary in Rio Hondo and city administrator in La Feria.

In 1974, Mr. Cornelison and his wife Carol came to the Valley, where she had family.

In 1981, Bob Cornelison took the job as port director and has been an influential person throughout the valley. Bob Cornelison has provided a vast amount of knowledge to the Historical Museum, helping comprise detailed information on the shrimping industry and the shipping channels. Mr. Cornelison also brokered a deal with the state to give the site of the Historic Lighthouse to the City of Port Isabel and has contributed in a countless number of projects with the Navigation District.

Join us as we give a fond farwell to your friendly Port Director Bob Cornelison. Locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free event. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

“Telling Our Stories” is a free presentation that is open to the public. 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 Merchants Committee for sponsoring the “2011 Telling Our Stories” Series. Special thanks go out to the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, “Quik-Stop” Seafood Market, the Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Port Isabel for their continued support.

This event is sponsored by: Designer Consigner & the Purple Parrot, located on the Lighthouse Square.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundations goals are to help preserve and educate our local 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 www.portisabelmuseums.com you can also send an email to ggodines@copitx.com.

Museums Telling Our Stories ~ IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 9/30 6pm

8 September 2010

“If These Walls Could Talk”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present the final “Telling Our Stories” for the year on Thursday, September 30, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Calvin Byrd, former Mayor and owner of the “Quik Stop Seafood Market”, a bait shop and fishing supplies store and Manuel Hinojosa, co-owner of Doubleday’s Sports Bar & Restaurant, architect, artist, and avid historian/collector present “If these walls could talk”, the evolution of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Byrd and Mr. Hinojosa will talk about the evolution of the museums and the countless contributors that helped with the acquisition of the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the Champion building and the Lighthouse. This is a story that has yet to have been told.

A former Mayor of Port Isabel, Calvin Byrd has contributed with the development of the Museums of Port Isabel. Mr. Byrd has also participated with the Rio Grande Empowerment Zone Corporation as a Board Member and serves as a Chamber of Commerce board member.

Mr. Manuel Hinojosa, respected architect and accomplished artist has contributed to the Museums of Port Isabel, donating an extensive collection of U.S. Mexican War artifacts and Civil War artifacts. Mr. Hinojosa is also a Chamber of Commerce board member and has also participated with the City of Port Isabel in creating the design concepts of the new state of the art Event Center, which will grace the City of Port Isabel in the near future.

We welcome all locals and visitors to attend this free presentation. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

September’s “Telling Our Stories” is sponsored by SOUTHWIND INN; ‘Clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms that are so close to the fun!’ and QUIK STOP SEAFOOD MARKET; ‘Your one stop fishing headquarters’.

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.

Museums Telling Our Stories ~ CHAMPION Family Origins 8/26 6pm

17 August 2010

“The Champion Family Origins”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at 6:00 pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave.

John Champion, a descendant of the Champion family will present “The Champion Family Origins”, the history of the Champion Family’s origins and how they came to live in America. Mr. Champion is a descendant of John Champion who was the brother of famed Charles Champion. Mr. Champion learned a lot from his father, A.A. Champion, who was a local historian and mentor.

In July of 2009, Mr. Champion gave a presentation on the Champion family in honor of the new Champion headstone dedicated at the Point Isabel Cemetery.

The Museums of Port Isabel welcome all visitors and locals to attend this FREE presentation. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

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 at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com.

Museums Telling Our Stories – SEA LIFE CENTER 7/29 6pm

21 July 2010

“The Sea Life Center” with George and Scarlet Colley

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, July 29, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Mr. George and Mrs. Scarlet Colley, will discuss growing up in Port Isabel and The Sea Life Center, which is a nonprofit organization. The Sea Life Center in Port Isabel first opened in 2005. With over 100,000 visitors annually, ranging from local residents to vacationers from all over the world, George and Scarlet Colley have been able to spread their message of wildlife ecosystems and conservation efforts to both the young and the elderly.

With years of dedicated studies and research, George and Scarlet Colley have taken great steps towards protecting the wild dolphin’s native to the Laguna Madre, which is not just a safe haven for these sea mammals but also one of the most popular sites for tourists to view these wild dolphins up close. The Colley’s have been giving boat tours for years, as well as rescuing stranded dolphins around the area.

Come and join the Colley’s as they continue to spread their message of an eco friendly world at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. All local residents and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation’s goals are to educate and preserve our local history.

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

Museums ‘Telling Our Stories’ 5/27 6pm TURTLES!

10 May 2010

THE TURTLE LADY LEGACY (5/27 @ 6 p.m.)

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, May 27, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Mary Ann Tous, niece of famed Ila Fox Loetcher aka “The Turtle Lady”, who began her work on sea turtle conservation in 1965 and was a pioneer in her field by playing a vital role in protecting the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles, will give a presentation on the history of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles and the efforts that go towards their protection. Ila was a major inspiration to her niece, Mary, and in 2005, Mary Ann Tous founded a non profit organization called “The Turtle Lady Legacy”. Their goals are to educate and continue the safety and conservation of majestic sea turtles by following in Ila Fox Loetscher’s footsteps. Recent events causing a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are threatening these marine animals and their nesting habitats.

All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Drinks and Refreshments will be served.

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

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