The Museum of South Texas History will host an in-person Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Mestizaje: Myth and Reality (or Novelas, Buddha comes to México, fajita tacos, and Selena),” featuring Gilberto Reyes Jr. at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5.
This presentation is the second and last of a two-part lecture series titled “And the Giants Did Not Fall Down: Reflections on the Quincentenario of the Spanish Conquest of México.” The presentation will explore the term “mestizo,” which most accurately describes the essence of the group destined to become an ethnic majority in the U.S. by mid-century. Reyes will discuss how mestizos in South Texas offer an insight into how diverse this group really is.
Reyes ended a 24-year career as associate professor of history at South Texas College (STC) in May 2021. During that time, Reyes represented STC as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board committee that created the Mexican American Studies Program curriculum the state’s community colleges offer to students. He subsequently created and headed the MAS program at STC. He has presented scholarly papers on the mestizo nature of Valley culture at conferences in New Mexico, Texas, Montréal, Canada and Rome, Italy. He also gave a lecture on environmental justice in the Rio Grande Valley to students from Bowdoin College in Maine. Reyes co-founded the South Texas Faculty Association workers’ union at STC. Over the course of his career, Reyes taught U.S., Mexican American, world, and Texas history courses. Reyes lives in McAllen with his son, the fifth generation of his family to be born in, or as others call it, the Lower Río Grande Valley home.
Sunday Speaker Series recorded presentations can be found at www.facebook.com/mosthistory/live or on the museum’s website at mosthistory.org/sunday-speaker-series-online.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to 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 MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call (956) 383-6911.