The Museum of South Texas History presents Heritage and History Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11.
The community event highlights the culture of South Texas peoples through regional folkway demonstrations ranging from hands-on activities to live performances.
Museum staff will host several hands-on activities such as embroidery using yarn and plastic needlepoints. Another activity includes a role-playing voting booth that assigns participants with a character card, determining whether they can or cannot vote. Attendees are welcome to watch or participate in butter churning, an essential chore practiced when modern equipment was not available. Other living history demonstrations include knitting, leather crafts, rope making and roping.
Regional organizations and museums will provide fun historical facts about Rio Grande Valley cities such as Weslaco, Alamo and Brownsville. The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, The Weslaco Museum, Brownsville Historical Association, Alamo Museum, South Texas Historical Association and Bentsen State Park will provide opportunities to learn more about their organization and respective cities.
Music and dance are important to the foundation of cultures, so grab a seat and enjoy live performances by Las Palmas Folklórico and Mariachi Rey Azteca. The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas will share the history of its people through song and dance on the performing stage as well.
Attendees can purchase a memento at the Museum Store, where a variety of items such as heritage cookbooks, handmade silver jewelry and Cappadona Ranch mesquite products are available for purchase. On site at the museum, the Iba Sisters Handmade will set up shop and sell South Texas-inspired jewelry and trinkets.
Take a break from the fun activities and performances with a handcrafted beverage from Grind Coffee and pair it with cookies to be sold by a Girl Scouts troop. Holy Snow Food Truck and E&B Elotes may be the choice for the rumbling tummy.
Visit www.mosthistory.org/events for the latest updates on Heritage and History Day.
The museum’s signature Rio Grande Legacy Exhibition and spotlight exhibits, Furniture that Built the Valley and Al Ramirez’s 100th Birthday, are included in the regular special event fees. FRIENDs of MOSTHistory enjoy free admission to Heritage and History Day and exhibits.
MOSTH is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call (956) 383-6911.