Hannah followed Nick’s gaze to gray stone walls. In the corner, the highest point on the horizon, stood a chapel with a bell tower topped with a cross. It was Presidio La Bahia. They were headed back to the fort in Goliad. On top of the wall, seven soldiers aimed muskets toward the prairie and hills. “What have we gotten ourselves into now?” Hannah murmured.

The Museum of South Texas History is proud to welcome award-winning author Melodie Cuate, who will present a talk on her latest book, Journey to Goliad, the fourth installment of her “Mr. Barrington’s Mysterious Trunk” series. Using PowerPoint and a trunk similar to the one in her novels, Cuate will discuss her latest book, and the historic Battle of Goliad. Families with 4th-7th grade age children will particularly enjoy this wonderful program. The presentation will take place on Sunday, May 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Following the talk, Cuate will autograph copies of her new book and copies of the previous ones, too.

Cuate, a fourth grade teacher at Canterbury Elementary in Edinburg, tells how she first got the idea for the series in the classroom. “I was teaching history, but I wasn’t catching the students’ interest. I wanted to share more.” she said. Four books later, she is still holding their interest.

As with her first three books in the series, Journey to the Alamo, Journey to San Jacinto, and Journey to Goliad, Cuate combines Texas history with imagination and entertainment.

In two consecutive years, Cuate has been awarded the Western Heritage Award with Journey to San Jacinto in 2008 and Journey to Goliad in 2009.

The series centers around the characters of 12-year-old Hannah, her best friend Jackie, and her obnoxious brother Nick. The three of them are transported back in time by their history teacher’s mysterious trunk.

All four books in the series will be available for purchase in the Museum Store, and a special discount is extended to all FRIENDs of the Museum. The Sunday Speaker Series program is included with regular museum admission. FRIENDs of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. For more information on the book signing or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.