Saturday April 27 the Museum of South Texas History will be hosting “Free Community Day,” a free admission event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m., the museum’s Collections Staff will host “Preservation Week: Pass the Pages,” a book swap event. Instead of throwing away old books, exchange them or share them with participating organizations which include The South Texas Literacy Coalition, McAllen Public Library, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, UTRGV Book Buzz and UTRGV special collections. To celebrate Preservation Week, MOSTHistory is hosting these organizations that will have books available to exchange and will also be accepting donations of previously owned books. This event will be ongoing until 3 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. It is recommended to bring a bag to carry your books.

Preservation Week is an annual event founded by several national organizations including the American Library Association and the Library of Congress. The goal of Preservation Week is to connect communities through events, activities and resources that highlight ways to preserve our personal and shared collections. 

During lunch time, you can enjoy a snack such as an elote en vaso (corn in a cup) prepared by E&B Elotes and a variety of beverages by the Girl Scout Troop #391. Please bring cash to purchase any of these delicious refreshments.

From noon to 3 p.m., The Big Squeeze statewide conjunto semi-finals will take place in the Gran Paseo, just outside the museum’s front entrance. Accordion players from across the state of Texas and the Rio Grande Valley will battle for spots in the final competition to be held in Austin, Texas. This is the first time that Texas Folklife will host the event at the Museum of South Texas History. The community is encouraged to join others at the museum to support students competing at this cultural event.

The Big Squeeze is presented by Texas Folklife as part of its mission to preserve and present Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Since 2007, Texas Folklife has promoted Texas accordion music genres through the Big Squeeze program. More than 300 young, talented players from dozens of Texas communities have participated in the program, which supports these vital community-based accordion music traditions. The three musical genre categories of the Big Squeeze are Polka, zydeco & Cajun, and conjunto, with the largest amount of entries usually coming from the conjunto tradition.

These events are free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911 or for the latest updates.