Nothing to do in the Valley this weekend? The Museum of South Texas History has the weekend planned for you. Between Thursday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 16, you can attend one or more fun events that include historical fun. C’mon to the museum and learn to talk like a Texan, listen in to a conference that will highlight the history of public and private lands, or celebrate New Spain’s independence from Spain.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., individuals who are 21 and over can attend MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Talk Like a Texan. This two-hour event will feature Honey Brown Ale samples provided by 5x5 Brewing Co. and served by Happy Hour FRIENDs, the Landmark Lounge and Ignite Lounge. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Pair your beer or wine with barbecue flavors crafted by G.W.’s BBQ Catering Co. To complement the event’s title, W.F. Strong who is a professor and famous podcast host of “Stories from Texas,” will discuss Texas lingo. His presentation may leave you feeling nostalgic and, possibly, talkin' like a Texan. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at The Museum Store. Admission is $15 for the general community and $10 for FRIENDS of MOSTHistory.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m., in partnership with the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum (New York) and the Baker Heritage Museum (Oregon), MOSTHistory presents a Connecting Communities Conference. The overarching goal of the series is to explore ways that the Internet can connect communities across the nation for public discussion. Leading the discussion are Rene Ballesteros from MOSTHistory, Derrick Pratt from Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and Carly Annable from Baker Heritage Museum. Admission is free to those who enter the museum before noon. Regular museum admission applies at 12:01 p.m.
Finish the weekend by bringing the whole family to the museum Sunday, Sept. 16. Celebrate the beginning of New Spain’s effort to become independent from Spain from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. MOSTHistory's ¡Grito!, a celebration of Mexican Independence, will be packed with free crafts, lotería games, a grito contest and dance performances by Grupo Folklórico Juvenil de Palmview, RGV Folklorico Dance Company and Conceptos Entidad Dancística. And, an event isn't complete without some great snacks. Available onsite is El Rey del Elote, a food truck based in Brownsville. So, bring your best grito and join the fun!
Regular admission prices (passes and coupons excluded): Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+), active military and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free. Become a FRIEND of the museum to attend this event for FREE. For more information about this event or becoming a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, please call the museum at 956-383-6911.