Harlingen Happenings

Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum

Mary Torres, Special to the Star

The Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program, or CHAPS Program, at UTRGV has developed a traveling museum exhibit that showcases all historical eras of Fort Brown history called “Discovering Fort Brown.”

The CHAPS Program has two main goals: tell stories, and share the rich history of the Rio Grande Valley. This exhibit was designed to travel easily to many different venues throughout South Texas and beyond. It will stand at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood St. now through September 30, 2019. You’re invited to visit the museum to see this outstanding exhibit and to attend the opening reception on Tuesday, July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other exhibits currently on display are an art exhibit by Alexander Comminos, “On Down the Line,” and a “Mosaic Art Exhibit” by Marco Martinez. For more information call 956-216-4901.

The RGV Byliners and the Harlingen Public Library invite you invited to 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. The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society will not be meeting during the month of July.

Save the Date:

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 stellar list of speakers including Arturo Cuellar, Accredited Genealogist, FamilySearch.org; Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Genealogist, U.S. Genealogy Advisor, MyHeritage.com; 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.

October 17, 2019 – This year, the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum’s 2019 Annual Taste of Harlingen, “A Night in Old Mexico,” is taking you back to an evening of colorful festivities reminiscent of the gatherings in a pavilion of Old Mexico. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and restaurant registration visit https://www.tasteofharlingen.com/, call 956-216-4901 or email rgvmuseumtaste@yahoo.com.