Summer Nights return to MOSTHistory

By Pamela Morales, MOST History

EDINBURG, Texas — The Museum of South Texas History presents Summer Nights showcasing the Rio Grande Valley from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18.

Each night will focus on a different Rio Grande Valley county through family-friendly activities and puppet shows. Upon entrance, each child will receive a Traveler’s Guide to take on their journey through the Rio Grande Legacy exhibition, which will feature hands-on activities. Those who complete an activity can collect a stamp. If seven or more stamps are collected, the participant will receive a raffle ticket and be entered for a chance to win the nightly prize drawing.

The first Summer Night, scheduled June 20, will highlight Starr County. Activities include the geological formation of the county, cotton trade on the steamboat ports in Roma and Rio Grande City and identifying the seeds used to plant and harvest in the county.

On June 27, visitors can learn more about Hidalgo County through activities such as the origins of Sal del Rey, trading goods between Spanish colonies in Nuevo Santander and breaking the code in the Plan de San Diego telegram.

Learn more about Cameron County on July 11 through hands-on activities that highlight the history of cotton harvesting, cattle raising and branding, and recycling materials for the War World II efforts.

The last night scheduled for July 18 will focus on Willacy County history. Visitors can compare the South Texas sand sheet found in the county with the sand from South Padre Island and make nautical knots while learning about the 1554 shipwreck off the coast of Port Mansfield.  

Other activities include take-home arts and crafts, and puppet shows highlighting the history of each county. Visitors can take a break at the Snack Bar dining area and purchase nachos, hot dogs and beverages.

Enjoy your evenings at MOSTHistory during Summer Nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18.

Regular admission to Summer Nights apply. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory receive free admission as a benefit of their FRIENDship. For more information about becoming a FRIEND or the program, please visit today.