Local photographer and writer to discuss new publication

There are several ways one can imagine life 100 years ago and one of those ways is looking at historic buildings. The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico, welcomes Deval “Pino” Shah and Eileen Mattei to present “Lower Rio Grande Valley History Through Architecture” Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m.

Pino Shah is a world heritage photographer based out of McAllen, Texas, and Ahmedabad, India. The presentation will focus on his comprehensive effort to create a photographic database on the architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Shah will share his approach to photographing 570 buildings for the project, display images, outline progress to date and discuss the planned application of this project’s efforts. Shah will present three of his books based on the Valley's history through architecture, “Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction” with narratives by architectural historian, Stephen Fox; “Quinta Mazatlan: A Visual Journey” with narratives by Eileen Mattei and “Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History” with narratives by Eileen Mattei.

A freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley, Eileen Mattei writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways and other magazines. She is the author of “At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years”; “Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years,” and “For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.”

After the presentation, Shah will take pre-orders for “Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History.” His past publication of “Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction” will be available in the Museum Store.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.