MOSTHistory will begin renovations on the 1910 Jail

EDINBURG - Since 1970, the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives, a valuable asset to the Museum of South Texas History, has provided valuable South Texas and northeastern Mexico information to researchers, national media and many diverse individuals who wish to learn more about their heritage. Starting Tuesday, April 4, the archive will temporarily suspend these services.

For eight weeks, the archive staff will be moving out of the building which is connected to the 1910 Jail, a historic landmark which is set to begin renovations this spring. The 1910 Jail has been closed since 2012 while funds were raised to save it from the damage caused by rising damp. In order to continue to serve researchers, the archive staff will move into the main building and resume limited research services on Tuesday, June 6.

This change will affect services such as the number of items available for research. The archivist, Phyllis Kinnison, also reminds the community that all research must be done through appointments especially now with limited resources available.

“Researchers should call ahead of time to schedule an appointment,” said Kinnison. “We will have a smaller space than the archive provides, so scheduling will be important to make sure our patrons are comfortable.”

Kinnison and staff will still be available to answer questions via e-mail at or over the phone at 956-383-6911.