Harlingen Happenings

Children enjoyed riding their bikes along Downtown Jackson Street during Viva Streets Harlingen.

By Mary Torres, Special to the Star

Today is Father’s Day and according to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” this year, Father’s Day brings a full moon, a great day for fishing, and a visit from the King of Planets, Jupiter. What a line-up! The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that President Richard Nixon signed the public law making the day honoring fathers a nationwide holiday in the United States.

On Father’s Day many people make a special effort to honor their fathers or father figures. Traditions vary from family to family and  range from giving Dad a phone call, sending him a greeting card, giving him gifts such as sports items, clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools, taking him out to eat or throwing a party in his honor. Happy Father’s Day to all birth fathers, stepfathers, adoptive and foster fathers, grandfathers, dual-role mothers and grandmothers and to those mentors who fill the role of absent fathers.

The Tip O’ Texas Genealogical Society will meet at the Harlingen Public Library, 410 ’76 Dr. at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, June 20 to air a video from Rootstech 2019. During the summer, the society will be meeting on the third Thursday of the month only. For more information visit the society’s Facebook page.

The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society’s  monthly meeting,  normally scheduled for the third Sunday of the month, will be not be held today due to the observance of Father’s Day. Instead, the society will meet at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23 at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood St.  The speaker will be Susana Privett, Data Dissemination Specialist, U. S. Census Bureau,  Dallas, TX, who will present, “Census Data: A Genealogist Valued Resource.” The society will also be observing its ninth anniversary as a non-profit genealogical society and you’re invited to the celebration! For more information please call 956-345-4756.

The Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum and the RGV Museum Association, 2425 Boxwood St., cordially invite you to visit the two art exhibits currently on display: “On Down the Line,” by Alexander Comminos and “Mosaic Art” by Marco Martinez. There is no admission fee to visit the museum, but donations are gladly accepted. The museum is open Sunday, 1:00  to 4:00 p.m. closed Monday and open from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The final two sessions of the museum’s children’s summer workshop, “Butterfly Bonanza,” is open to the public from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  June 22, and 29 while supplies last. Registration is not required. The workshops are being sponsored by the City of Harlingen Recycling Center, Heep Nursery, Paradise Gardens, Johnny’s True Value and Monarch Dance Studio. For more information visit the museum’s Facebook page or call 956-216-4901.

The 40th Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference, October 3-5, is being hosted by HOGAR de Dallas at the Omni Hotel Dallas at Park West. The theme of the conference is “Honoring Our Ancestors: A 500-year Journey Back to Hernán Cortés” There will be a number of excellent speakers including Arturo Cuellar, Accredited Genealogist, FamilySearch.org; Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Genealogist, U.S. Genealogy Advisor; Dr. Roberto R. Calderon, Professor History and Chicano Studies at UNT, Denton, and Dr. David Carlson, Archivist, Bexar County Spanish Archives.

Gloria Campos, formerly of Harlingen, will be the emcee for the 2019 Conference Banquet. Registration is $150 and there are several other events planned with additional fees. To register online or for more information, visit http://www.hogardedallas.org.