On Sunday, August 7, the Museum of South Texas History will host Native American expert Leo Lopez as he presents Spanish Missions in the Americas from 2 to 4 pm. Using a scale model and maps, Lopez will discuss how the colonial missions were complex and multi-purpose institutions used by the Spanish in their conquest of the Americas.

Lopez's presentation of Spanish Missions in the Americas explains the basic principles and goals of missions. Lopez said, "Missions were designed primarily to Christianize the native peoples and teach them to become productive Spanish citizens. However, each mission was unique and had its own personality." Visitors are invited to look at the maps and scale model during the presentation to get a better understanding of how the missions operated. Lopez will also suggest which missions to visit and elaborate on their restorations.

Lopez first became fascinated with missions while growing up surrounded by the local history of missions in San Antonio. He received a B.A. in Social Studies from UTPA with an emphasis in history and geography. Lopez continued to study and create replication models of Spanish missions. The public is invited to experience this fascinating topic and view the model and maps that will be on display during and shortly after the presentation.

The Sunday Speaker Series is included in the regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.