Comfortable living in the Rio Grande Valley was not always easy to find. In a time before modern conveniences, like air conditioning, first peoples and pioneers of the area faced daily struggles. Neil Cassady, a volunteer with the South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Naturalist Program, will discuss these challenges during his presentation “It’s a Hard Luck Life: Making a Living in Deep South Texas – Coahuiltecans to Cowboys” on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

This presentation is a short examination of the special challenges faced by Coahuiltecan Indians, Spanish Colonists, Mexican Rancheros, and American Cowboys as they tried to wrest a livelihood from the harsh land of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Cassady’s lifelong avocation is the study of history, with special focus on the technology use and lifeways of “ordinary” people. He has retired from a 40-year career in fresh produce marketing and now volunteers at the Museum of South Texas History and the South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program.

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