Museums

Museums’ Telling Our Stories: “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” 4/25 7p, presented by Duane Rasmussen

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History“Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, April 25th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33” a presentation by Mr. Duane Rasmussen.

Mr. Duane A. Rasmussen has been a Valley resident as a Winter Texan with his late wife, Edith, since 1987 when they began coming first to McAllen, then Port Isabel and finally Laguna Vista.  Duane’s Valley roots go back to his Uncle who came to Pharr in 1918 and became one of the salesmen who returned to Iowa to sell farmers on investing in the Valley where production could be three crops a year.  Duane’s parents had been Winter Texans for many years because his mother was a sister of the Uncle.

In 1997, Duane & Edith moved permanently to Laguna Vista after selling out in Minnesota.  He had been publisher of two weekly newspapers and a large shopping guide as well as owner of a large central printing plant before retiring in 1993.

Duane & Edith participated in several area organizations with the most interest in the American Legion, Masons and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.  Mr. Rasmussen had a double minor in History and political Science from the University of Minnesota, so history has always held his interest.  His late wife, Edith passed in 2017, leaving Duane to his tasks with his favorite groups.

Mr. Rasmussen was raised to the Master Mason’s degree in 1950, his junior year in college and will reach the milestone of 70 years in 2020, if the Lord wills it.

Duane is a charter member of the Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33 which has a fascinating history in its early start in 1846 about the time the Mexican-American War began.  He continues his memberships in Fidelity Lodge No. 39 in Austin, MN and in Forest Lake, MN, Lodge No. 344.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Duane Rasmussen on a presentation on “Point Isabel Masonic Lodge, No. 33”, he will relate the early and current history of the Lodge as is known from the few records that are known to exist.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘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 fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Museums of Port Isabel & Laguna Madre Museum Foundation

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto 3/28 7p

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.“Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, March 28th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto” a presentation by Mr. Douglas Murphy.

Mr. Murphy is the Chief of Operations at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, managing daily operations of the site and public programs.  He has researched and written extensively on the history of the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War.  Presentation will provide an overview of the US-Mexican War on the Rio Grande and offer some aside on interesting takeaways from the actions.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Douglas Murphy on a presentation on “Lessons of the Battle of Palo Alto”.  All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘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 fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By:  Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss

PI Historic Preservation Board Members

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: Mary Laddis ~ “Ila Fox Loetscher” 2/28 7p

“Ila Fox Loetscher”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, February 28th, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Ila Fox Loetscher” a presentation by Ms. Mary Laddis.

Ms. Laddis became a permanent resident of South Padre Island in 1993 and became a Docent at the Docent at the Gladys Porter Zoo. In early 1994 Ms. Laddis learned about Ila Fox Loetscher, the Turtle Lady of South Padre Island and became a volunteer with Ila and her turtles.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Ms. Mary Laddis on a presentation on “Ila Fox Loetscher”. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘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 fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By: Museums of Port Isabel

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 / (956) 943-0755 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Upcoming Events! Queen Isabella Market Day ~ Ay Chihuahua ~ Summer Causeway Run

Upcoming Events. Port Isabel, Texas.

Queen Isabella Market Day. April 8, 2017. PIECC.
APRIL 8:
The City of Port Isabel will host their Annual Queen Isabella Market Day at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center in April! Vendors, music, food and family fun! For more information call Jeannie Flores at 956/943-7602 or email museumdirector@copitx.com.

NOTICE: New location at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center (309 E. Railroad Ave.) due to the renovation at the Port Isabel Lighthouse.


MAY 19: Join the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter for its 6th Annual Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser, scheduled to be held on May 19, 2017 at the beautiful Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center! Every year the shelter uses this fundraiser to help raise funds for a project to help make life a little brighter for the homeless pets we care for until they find their forever home. Our event features a delicious Mexican buffet, specialty margaritas, beer, wine, music, live and silent auction, and last but not least the announcement of the Whiskey Barrel Raffle Winner! This is definitely a fiesta you don't want to miss! Tickets will be available for purchase at the shelter, Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center and online at http://bit.ly/2017animals! Give us a call at 956-943-3888 for more information!

MAY 19: Join the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter for its 6th Annual Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser, scheduled to be held on May 19, 2017 at the beautiful Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center!

Every year the shelter uses this fundraiser to help raise funds for a project to help make life a little brighter for the homeless pets we care for until they find their forever home. Our event features a delicious Mexican buffet, specialty margaritas, beer, wine, music, live and silent auction, and last but not least the announcement of the Whiskey Barrel Raffle Winner! This is definitely a fiesta you don’t want to miss!

Tickets will be available for purchase at the shelter, Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center and online at http://bit.ly/2017animals! Give us a call at 956-943-3888 for more information!


JUNE 3: Online registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk June 3rd, 2017. http://bit.ly/2017-summerrun. Register before May 23rd & take advantage of our early bird registration fees: $25-5k walk, $30- 10k run, $15 for students & military with ID. Both courses start at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island, cross the historic Queen Isabella Causeway and end in Port Isabel. Every participant to cross the finish line will receive a medal. T-Shirts are guaranteed to the first 1,000 participants to check in.

JUNE 3: Online registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk June 3rd, 2017. http://bit.ly/2017-summerrun.

Register before May 23rd & take advantage of our early bird registration fees: $25-5k walk, $30- 10k run, $15 for students & military with ID.

Both courses start at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island, cross the historic Queen Isabella Causeway and end in Port Isabel. Every participant to cross the finish line will receive a medal. T-Shirts are guaranteed to the first 1,000 participants to check in.


Point Isabel Lighthouse 2016 - 17 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department renovation.LIGHTHOUSE INFO:
The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed until late May / early June 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife Department undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public. Stop in and say hello!

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Shrimp Cook-Off ~ Telling Our Stories & more…

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Dia de los Muertos! Washington Park. 10/29 4 - 11 p.m.

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION ~ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, present their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del  Muerto” on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 11 p.m. in Washington Park (new location, 156 W. Madison St.) in Port Isabel.

The event includes hands-on activities including sugar skull decorating and altar making, vendors with a variety of food and wares, costume contests, dancing and music. No admission charge to the event.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse, Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum (where the altars will be on display) will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 29th. Special event admission: $1 for each site.

Altar Display—

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.) will be exhibiting altars made by the Laguna Madre area residents. A special admission fee of $1.00 applies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Altars will remain on display through November 15.

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.October’s Telling Our Stories features an original Play by Gloria Bates~ “Capt. Isley Bell & Los Ratones”.
Captain Bell is the Customs Administrator of the Custom Duty House on St. James Island off Point Isabel in 1857.
This exciting drama includes the Texas Rangers, the local town beauty, Queen Isabella (suffering memory loss due to amnesia), a princess stowaway (from Spain that lands on Brazos Island) and a dashing Capt. Bell, the hero.
Lots of wheeling and dealing and tricks! Justice prevails in the end! Honesty pays! And the truth triumphs!
The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, October 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.
No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. 1st Sunday. 9a-4p. Beulah Lee Park.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 6 & 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

23rd Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music by "The Agency", vendors & more...

 

Museums: Taste of the Laguna Madre Fundraiser! 2/12 7-10p

Taste of the Laguna Madre Museums Fundraiser. Live music with Pelican West. Dancing, Silent Auction, Food & Fun! 1/12/16 7-10p

19th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre! This is THE Museums of Port Isabel FUNDRAISER! Scheduled for Friday, February 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, the fundraiser proudly presents live music with PELICAN WEST! Tickets are on sale now at the Port Isabel Visitors Center, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Port Isabel Public Library and online at https://2016-mopi-fundraiser.eventbrite.com.

For more information call Jeannie Flores or the Museum Staff at 956/943-7602.

Thanks to our SPONSORS & DONORS!

SILENT AUCTION: Ben’s Liquor ~ Welcome Aboard ~ The Leeman Company ~ Carol Plumb ~ Sea & Sun Hair Fashion ~ Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Decor ~ Art Sea ~ Tesori ~ Island Cinema North ~ Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon ~ Dee-Dee Boutique ~ Pearl South Padre ~ Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar ~ Schlitterbahn Beach WaterPark ~ Holiday Inn Express ~ The Light House Lighting Center ~ Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker ~ The Inn @ South Padre ~ Salon Samuels ~ DeJa Vu Consignment Apparel ~ Anna’s Hair & Nail Salon

RESTAURANTS: Palm Street Pier ~ Mexiquito Restaurant ~ Mary Gorball

SPONSORSHIPS: QUIK STOP & TEXAS PACK