The Museum of South Texas History, in partnership with the University of Texas in Austin, invites the community to share stories during “Town Hall: Local Disasters,” a free special event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The Town Hall’s purpose is to collect data on local disasters including, but not limited to, hurricanes, freezing events, chemical spills, pandemics, wildfires and vector-borne diseases. Museum staff will conduct interviews with visitors regarding local disasters. Submissions will be donated to the museum’s collections and shared with data scientists and future researchers.
During the event, visitors can meet with regional emergency preparedness partners that will provide information on how to prepare for disasters. Other event activities will include a Simtable simulating the 1967 Hurricane Beulah and completing a Hurricane Beulah tracking activity. Families are encouraged to bring children to learn about how local disasters have impacted the region.
Elders from across the Rio Grande Valley are highly encouraged to participate in sharing stories. Individuals who cannot attend the Town Hall in person can submit local disaster stories and photographs using the Local Disaster Data Collection Form online at www.mosthistory.org/local-disaster-data-collection-form.
If individuals are interested in scheduling an oral history interview or donating artifacts such as documents and original photographs before or after the event, please contact museum Registrar Luna Galvan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum at 956-383-6911.
The Local Disaster Collection initiative is a partnership with the University of Texas in Austin, the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Microsoft Azure under the Planet Texas 2050 Bridging Barriers initiative.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call (956) 383-6911.