Exhibit

Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit at Museums & Keepers Cottage NOW through 8/30

Museums of Port Isabel Hosts Rio Grande Civil War Trail Exhibit through August 30th, 2019.Such a big exhibit that it takes two Museums and the Keepers Cottage to house it!

On display at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, including a children’s section and 2-10 minute films and in the Port Isabel Historical Museum, the RGV Civil War Trail exhibit features artifacts, hands-on exhibits and more that illustrate the importance of the Rio Grande Valley in this national story. The five-county region along the Rio Grande [river] between Brownsville and Laredo served as a significant point of contention as skirmishes between both Union and Confederate forces erupted along the border. And it is an important facet of American History that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas.

Visit ALL exhibit locations! Now on display through August 30. Bilingual.

Admission applies. Combination tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center in the Keeper’s Cottage [421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.] or the Port Isabel Lighthouse or the Treasures of the Gulf Museum or the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building [317 E. Railroad Ave.]

For more information: call 956/943-7602. Group tours are available with reservation. The Museums are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keeper’s Cottage hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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!

Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser l A fun-filled evening, an empty safe!

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Friday 13th Annual Museum Fundraiser featured lots of great entertainment, lots of great food and drink and yes, a live safe opening… an empty safe, as it turned out… but the evening was filled with fun!

The Museums of Port Isabel and staff would like to express their appreciation to Steve Hathcock and Monty Cantu of Always Open Safe & Lock and the event sponsors, restaurants and silent auction donors (see list below).

Pictured above: Los Fresnos High School Ballet Folklorico Dancers performed a variety of traditional regional dances. Video below: opening of the Yale 1920s safe. Photo below: Mariachi Sol Azteca also performed during the evening festivities.


Safe Opening, courtesy of Steve Hathcock & Monty Cantu of Always Open Safe & Lock.

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Museums Fundraiser Sponsors: South Padre Bank, N.A. ~ Museums of Port Isabel ~ Laguna Madre Museum Foundation ~ City of Port Isabel ~ Port Isabel Historical Preservation Board ~ Anonymous ~ First National Bank of South Padre Island ~ Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance ~ L & F Distributors ~ Ben Liquor Warehouse ~ H. E. B. ~ Reyes Seafood.

Restaurants: Reyes Seafood Market, Manuel Restaurant, Marcello Restaurant, Pirates Landing, White Sands Restaurant, H. E. B., Maria Isabel Cruz.

Silent Auction Donors: Ben’s Liquor, T. Leeman Co., Sea & Sun Hair Fashion, Bettie Lane Bragg, Sea Life Center, Southwind Inn, Welcome Aboard, Lighthouse Lighting Center, Osprey Fishing Center, Sea Life Safari, Black Dragon Cruises, Designer Consigner, Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, Dazzles, Seagull Imports, Coastal Winds, Anna’s Hair Fashion, Gulf Seafood Market & Joe’s Oyster Bar, Sandi’s Cafe & Coffee Shop, Cactus Flower Gifts & Interiors, Isla Grand Beach Resort, Silver Breeze, Rusty Pelican Antiques, Carola Art, Island Equestrian Center, Fast & Fair Car Care, Voncille Zama, Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts, ESM Fine Interiors, Bayside Furniture, Salon Samuels, Island Cinema North, Captain Murphy’s Charter Services, Isla Granite & Marble Company, Wal-Mart, Andrea Hollman Jewelry, Rio Bravo Gallery, Museums of Port Isabel, Coastal Mail, Purple Parrot Gallery, Jesse Olvera, Art Sea Gallery & Goods, Mary Ann Brown, Lost Galleon Restaurant, Schlitterbahn and Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.

Thanks for your help in preserving the history of the Laguna Madre area!
Museums of Port Isabel ~ 317 E. Railroad Ave. ~ Port Isabel, Texas 78578
Phone: 956/943-7602 ~ Fax: 943/943-4346 ~ www.portisabelmuseums.com ~ jrivera@copitx.com

Museums of Port Isabel l Telling Our Stories 2/25

“The War for Independence & Mexican Revolution”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, February 25, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 7:00 p.m.

Rod Bates, a historian and owner of Antiques on Tarnava, will present “The War for Independence & Mexican Revolution”. His presentation will show how both events influenced Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area.  There will be an exhibition on display in the Historical Museum of “The War for Independence & Mexican Revolution” documents and artifacts. Both Museums will be open for guests to tour on the evening of the presentation.

Drinks and Refreshments will be served. No Admission.

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 or email jrivera@copitx.comggodines@copitx.com. Museums of Port Isabel is located at 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel.

Museums Fundraiser l Friday, Feb. 12th 7p

The MUSEUMS of PORT ISABEL will be hosting its 13th Annual “Essence of the Laguna Madre” with a “!Viva La Revolution!” theme Friday, February 12th at 7pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.

There will be traditional Mexican  performances from the UTB Mariachi Band and  the Los Fresnos Folklorico  dancers;  great food and drinks; a Mexican Revolution exhibit on display in the Champion Building (exhibit will be up through 2010);  a silent auction and an exhibition of Mexican Revolution era photos will be on display in the Treasures of the Gulf art gallery.

SILENT AUCTION DONORS:
Ben Liquor, T. Leeman Co., Sea & Sun Hair Fashion, Bettie Lane Bragg, Sea Life Center, Southwind Inn, Welcome Aboard, Lighthouse Lighting Center, Osprey Fishing Center, Sea Life Safari, Black Dragon Cruises, Designer Consigner, Vida Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, Dazzles, Seagull Imports, Coastal Winds, Anna Hair Fashion, Gulf Seafood Market & Joe Oyster Bar, Sandi Cafe & Coffee Shop, Cactus Flower Gifts & Interiors, Isla Grand Beach Resort, Silver Breeze, Rusty Pelican Antiques, Carola Art, Island Equestrian Center, Fast & Fair Car Care, Voncille Zama, Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts, ESM Fine Interiors, Bayside Furniture, Salon Samuels, Island Cinema North, Captain Murphy Charter Services.

GUESS THE CONTENTS OF THE SAFE~
There will be a live opening of a Mexican Revolution era safe during the Fundraiser! Guess the contents and win a prize! Register at local merchants and the Museums\’ Gift Shops. Deadline: February 11th… REGISTER YOUR GUESS of the CONTENTS of the SAFE at these LOCATIONS:
Art Sea Gallery & Goods: 423 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-3200
Designer Consigner: 407 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-5095
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce: 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-2262
Port Isabel Public Library: 213 N. Yturria St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-1822
Treasures of the Gulf Museum: 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-7602
Historical Museum: 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-7602
Port Isabel Lighthouse: 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel TX, 78578
Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center: 110 N. Garcia St. Port Isabel TX, 78578  (956)-943-6626
Purple Parrot: 407 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-2004

SPONSORED BY: South Padre Bank, N.A. ~ Museums of Port Isabel ~ Laguna Madre Museum Foundation ~ City of Port Isabel ~ Port Isabel Historical Preservation Board ~ Anonymous ~ First National Bank of South Padre Island ~ Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance

For more information call 956/943-7602.
http://www.portisabelmuseums.com/fundraiser
Museums of Port Isabel317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel

13th Annual Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser l Live Safe Opening

February 12th, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., the Museums will host its 13th Annual\” alt=\”\” width=\”300\” height=\”375\” /> Fundraiser and the 13th could be your lucky number!

During this year fundraiser a Mexican Revolution era safe will be opened and the guess close enough to its contents will win a prize. Local merchants and the gift shops at both Museums will have ballots on hand for you to fill out and turn in by the 11th of February. Need not be present to win, no purchase necessary.

You may register your guess the following locations:

Art Sea Gallery & Goods 423 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-3200
Designer Consigner
407 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-5095
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-2262
Port Isabel Public Library 213 N. Yturria St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-1822
Treasures of the Gulf Museum 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-7602
Historical Museum
317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-7602
Port Isabel Lighthouse
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel TX, 78578
Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center
110 N. Garcia St. Port Isabel TX, 78578  (956)-943-6626
Purple Parrot
407 E. Maxan St. Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956)-943-2004

For more information, call: 956/943-7602 or email Jeannie Aby at jrivera@copitx.com. 317 E. Railroad Ave. Port Isabel. Website: www.portisabelmusems.com/fundraiser