Harlingen Happenings

Maricela Rodriguez/Valley Morning Star

By Mary Torres, Special to the Star

To commemorate Independence Day, Fold3.com is providing free access* to its Revolutionary War Collection July 1–15. The Revolutionary War collection contains 22 collections with almost 5 million records!

Here are just a few of the titles: Revolutionary War Rolls; Navy Casualty Reports, 1776 – 1941; Revolutionary War Service Records; Revolutionary War Prize Cases – Captured Vessels, and Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864. Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records. *Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until July 15, 2019, at 12:59 p.m. CT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.

One of Harlingen’s best-kept secrets is The Harlingen Concert Association! Since 1933 a dedicated group of community volunteers has worked to bring Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley affordable, quality entertainment, first as the Rio Grande Valley Civic Music Association, and now as the nonprofit Harlingen Concert Association.

The HCA is announcing its new season with six live music performances ranging from Broadway show tunes to a classical music quartet to an American folk-rock trio. A season subscription is very reasonable, just $60 to $90 (plus ticketing fees,) buys one reserved seat at all six shows. Season tickets are now on sale at the Municipal Auditorium and online at www.harlingenconcert.com.  For more information about HCA or the 2019-2020 concert season visit www.harlingenconcert.com.

The RGV Byliners do not meet in July, but you’re invited to enjoy an evening of poetry reading and sharing at the Harlingen Public Library on Tuesday, July 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Poems must be family friendly and poets of all ages are welcome! Refreshments will be provided. Please call Eva Bielicke at (956) 216-5823 to let her know you are planning to attend. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://rgvbyliners.org/.

The Tip O’ Texas Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, July 18 at 10:15 a.m. at the Harlingen Public Library to air a video from Rootstech 2019, and the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society does not meet during the month of July.

If you have some free time this summer and want something interesting to do, the Harlingen Public Library invites you to enjoy its free app, “RB Digital,” magazine and audio book service.

You can access complete digital magazines, e-books, and audiobooks through the library and keep them as long as you like! All you need is your library card number. To use RB Digital go to harlingentx.rbdigital.com and click on “Register” in the top right corner.  Once you have registered, you can either read the magazines on your computer or download the app on your tablet/phone.  The app can be found by searching “RB Digital” in the app store.  If you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one! For more information or assistance call the Reference Department at 956-216-5821.

Save the Date:

October 17, 2019 – The Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum’s 2019 Annual Taste of Harlingen, “A Night in Old Mexico.”  For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and restaurant registration visit  https://www.tasteofharlingen.com/, call 956-216-4901 or email rgvmuseumtaste@yahoo.com.