Traveling exhibit enters last weeks at San Benito Museum

HARLINGEN — History enthusiasts will be able to learn more about this local military establishment for the remainder of this month.

The San Benito History Museum’s latest exhibit “Discovering Fort Brown” is nearing its final weeks on display.

Created by students and staff in UTRGV’s Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program (CHAPS), the traveling exhibit has been displayed in several venues throughout South Texas this year.

Dec. 31 is the last day the traveling exhibit will be displayed in San Benito.

According to San Benito Museum treasurer Sandra Tumberlinson, the exhibit is self-guided and includes close to 20 vertical panels displaying information and pictures.

Additionally, the project also includes a new audio podcast that will be featured on a mobile web app, a map guide and a brochure.

All aspects of the exhibit are showcased in both English and Spanish.

The exhibit was created as part of an upper level course titled “Public Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley.”

According to a press release from the San Benito History Museum, the students’ goal was to create an exhibit that would give people a better understanding of all aspects and uses of Fort Brown.

The exhibit has received positive feedback from the public, according to Tumberlinson.

“Some had never even heard of it and others that had were excited to learn more about it,” she said. “We even have brochures with more information visitors can take home with them.”

“I think the exhibit brings Fort Brown to life and explains what it is, especially for the people that have not ever been able to see it,” Tumberlinson said. “It’s something I think people should see.”


• Fort Brown was originally named Fort Texas and was later renamed in honor of Major Jacob Brown, one of the first casualties in the Mexican American War.

• The fort was built by General Zachary Taylor in 1846, making it the first major U.S. military post built along the Rio Grande.

• During most of the Civil War, Confederate troops at Fort Brown served as guardians of the prosperous cotton trade to Matamoros.

• Courtesy: Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail


WHAT — Discovering Fort Brown traveling exhibit

WHERE — San Benito History Museum, 210 East Heywood

ADMISSION — $3 for adults and $1.50 for children

MUSEUM HOURS — Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

EXHIBIT ENDS — December 31

CONTACT — (956) 245-1666