Museum comes to life with living history and costumed interpreters

EDINBURG - The family adventure continues in the River Highway gallery, part of the signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibition, on Thursday, June 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

This summer event brings the history of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico to life during the 1800s when soldiers, steamboat captains and cowboys made history in the borderlands. Visitors of all ages will enjoy interactive gallery demonstrations and games led by historically costumed interpreters. 

Begin your adventure with MOSTHistory’s “A Place Called Home” puppet show while enjoying free popcorn. After the show, children will receive a Find Me If You Can game card to begin their exploration of the River Highway gallery. Search for characters – either living or inanimate – from the puppet show to complete the game card and then enter for the nightly drawing.

In the River Highway gallery, families can interact with representative-costumed soldiers from the Mexican-American War and United States Civil War along with a Mississippi volunteer. The great steamboat era on the Rio Grande will come to life on the museum’s life-size steamboat wharf which will be bustling with tradesmen, musicians and cotton demonstrations. Home industries of the 19th century such as quilting, sewing and rope twisting will be demonstrated. Brush up on those ranching skills such as roping, cattle round up, branding, leña fence making and stick horse racing. Guests can also try on 19th century fashion clothing items such as bustles, hoop skirts and corsets.

Arrive early to hear a special performance of Civil War ballads by UTRGV’s acapella group Treble Thrivers. Also new this year, children’s author Patty York Raymond will be on hand to read and sign her new publication “The ABCs to Ranching.” York’s book builds an appreciation for local ranching heritage and will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.