Telling Our Stories

Museums’ Telling Our Stories “Growing Up In Old Port Isabel” 2/27 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2020 on Thursday, February 27th, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Growing up in Old Port Isabel” a presentation by Mr. Inocente Zurita.
 
Mr. Zurita, a lifetime resident, born on December 28, 1954 in the Mexiquito area, the oldest section of Port Isabel. His father started working in the shrimping associated business in 1971 for 48 years which he join his father at a later date. Mr. Zurita & his wife, Frances got married in 1973 & reside in Port Isabel, Texas.
 
Please join us for “Growing up in Old Port Isabel”. 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 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

Museums Telling Our Stories: Shrimp Tales: Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimping History

Museums Telling Our Stories

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2020 on Thursday, January 23rd, at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Shrimp Tales: Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimping History” a presentation by Mr. Rudy Garcia & Mrs. Pat McGrath Avery.

Mr. Garcia & Mrs. Avery came to this book from different backgrounds and have spent much of the last two (2) years interviewing, researching and writing the first-person stories of shrimpers who lived the life.

Mr. Garcia, born and raised in the Laguna Madre community, spent much of his childhood exploring the shrimp docks, venturing in and out of shrimp houses, boarding boats and conversing with the crews. When he was old enough to work on board a shrimp boat, his father sent him to sea with his Uncle Joe and his cousin Eddie. Mr. Garcia & his wife, Rita Nina reside in Laguna Vista, Texas.

Mrs. Avery and her husband drove her parents down from Kansas to spend winter in the mid-1970s. Returning to her home in land-locked Missouri, she never forgot the shrimp boats and her first taste of Gulf shrimp. By the time she moved here, most of the shrimp boats were gone, but those remaining still captured her interest. Mrs. Avery & her husband Everett live in Brownsville, Texas.

Rudy and Pat teamed up to write the history and share the stories of those who lived it. Mr. Garcia knew many of the shrimping families and the industry. Mrs. Avery had written several historical books featuring first-person accounts. Two (2) years ago they began interviewing shrimpers and are proud to bring their stories to life in Shrimp Tales: Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimping History. The book highlights the years when an entire area – men, women and children – worked together as a community.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mr. Garcia & Mrs. Avery on a presentation on “Shrimp Tales: Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimping History”. 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:
Pirate’s Landing Restaurant, Garcia’s Family & Mr. & Mrs. Avery

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

Museums of Port Isabel Telling Our Stories: “Our Historic Lighthouse” 9/26 7p by Valerie Bates

Museums Telling Our Stories“Our Historic Lighthouse”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, September 26th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Our Historic Lighthouse” a presentation by Valerie Bates.

Valerie Bates is the Marketing Director of Port Isabel with an interest in local history. This presentation is part of the celebration of the transfer of the Lighthouse from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission. Exciting new research will be presented.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Valerie Bates with a presentation on “Our Historic Lighthouse”. 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: 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.

Museums Telling Our Stories: “Sea Turtle Patrol” 8/22 7p

Museums of Port Isabel Oral History

“Sea Turtle Patrol”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2019 on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. @ 7pm. This month’s topic will be on “Sea Turtle Patrol” a presentation by Mrs. Linda McGonigle.

Mrs. Linda McGonigle is a free lance artist, calligrapher, and a retired teacher from public schools for 33 years.  She studied art at Texas Tech University & received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A & I University (Kingsville) now, Texas A & M. She completed a 500+ mile walk in 2013, following the original pilgrimage called “Camino de Frances”, a route through France & Spain.

Mrs. McGonigle has resided on South Padre Island for the past 27 years.  She is an active member of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, Texas Coastal Naturalist and volunteers her time in numerous activities that support nature, including Sea Turtle Inc. where she volunteered for many years and been an ATV patroller for 15 years, and she is also a member of St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church & co-founder and teacher of the Adult Literacy Program at the Church.

Mrs. McGonigle is a longtime member of the PI/SPI Shell Club. She has been a consultant and active volunteer at the Native Plant Center & Island Arboretum on South Padre Island and does presentations about nature sketching and nature journaling for a variety of groups and organizations.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Mrs. Linda McGonigle on a presentation on “Sea Turtle Patrol”.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.