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mosth CEO Francisco GuajardoThe Museum of South Texas History will host a closing reception on the Bearing Witness initiative during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation at 2 p.m. on March 21 on Facebook Live.

Bearing Witness documented the lives of community members who were lost to COVID-19 in the year 2020 through a series of articles published in conjunction with local newspapers The Monitor, Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald. The museum’s initiative to preserve and present stories of the COVID-19 pandemic was spearheaded by Exhibits Coordinator Melissa Peña and CEO Francisco Guajardo. Peña and Guajardo will share stories on the process and impact of writing about local community members and the loved ones whom they lost due to COVID-19 complications.


mosth Melissa PeñaThese stories will become part of the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives at the Museum of South Texas History. These written stories will serve as a window into the names and faces behind the monumental death toll of the pandemic in South Texas.

The presentation will broadcast at Viewers are encouraged to interact with panelists by posting comments and questions on the live feed. The presentation will also be recorded and posted for public access on the museum’s website at

If you are interested in donating COVID-19 related material to MOSTHistory’s archive and collection, please visit to access our COVID-19 Memories submission form and more information. For more information call (956) 383-6911.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.

About Museum of South Texas History

The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call (956) 383-6911.


Photo One: CEO Francisco Guajardo

Photo Two: Melissa Peña