EDINBURG — Back for its seventh year, the Museum of South Texas History presents Summer Nights at the Museum on June 8, June 22 and July 6 at 7 p.m. This three-night series brings history to the present with hands-on activities, living history re-enactors and so much more. Guests will discover history firsthand by diving into an interactive adventure that takes them through the museum’s Rio Grande Legacy exhibition.
A puppet show will begin the night and set the stage for the Find Me If You Can game, which features characters to be found within the galleries and recorded on game cards when located. A nightly winner of a prize from the Museum Store will be drawn from completed cards. Guests that participate in the Find Me If You Can games all three nights will be entered into the Summer Nights at the Museum Grand Prize drawing.
The River Frontier exhibit will be the focus for June 8 and showcase the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico from prehistory to the Spanish Colonial era to the end of the Mexican War of Independence. Favorite activities such as mammoth hunting, the archaeological dig pit and rebozo wrapping will return this year. Learn how Spanish explorers struggled to survive in a new land and how they navigated the seas to arrive in the New World.
On June 22, the River Highway exhibit will feature the history of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico from the beginning of the Texas Revolution, to the steamboat era on the Rio Grande to United States Civil War and cattle kingdom, to the end of the 19th century. The steamboat and wharf will be loaded with tradesmen, musicians and stocked with cotton to trade. Guests will learn about vaquero skills such as roping, cattle roundup and cattle branding.
Finally the River Crossroads exhibit will be on display on July 6 when families will discover the great technological feats of the 20th century. Dress like a Mexican revolutionary, learn the impact of the railroad lines, and use a decoder to decipher secret military telegraphs. Be transported into the WWII era by learning to spot enemy planes, working on a recycled goods drive, and looking through a German U-boat periscope.
All of this and more awaits families and children of all ages at the Museum of South Texas History’s Summer Nights at the Museum. Don’t forget that guests who complete all three game cards will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.
Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes and coupons excluded: Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free.