EDINBURG — In 1967, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico suffered the destruction and consequences of Hurricane Beulah. This historic hurricane and its impact will be discussed during the next Sunday Speaker Series presentation on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.
The massive hurricane made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande on Sept. 20, 1967 and came to be regarded as the third largest hurricane of the 20th century, spawning a record 115 tornadoes and measuring over 600 miles in diameter. Massive flooding occurred throughout the region, and many Mexican citizens fled to safety in the U.S. A representative from the National Weather Service of Brownsville will discuss how this hurricane affected the Valley and our neighbors south of the border.
The presentation, “Beulah, Then and Now: Is the Valley Ready in 2017?”, will explore how this region would withstand another hurricane like Beulah. Following the presentation, guests can watch a short film on Hurricane Beulah followed by an exclusive screening of staff interviews who remember the hurricane’s wrath. And, before and after, Joseph Fox, the associate education officer, will record oral histories with interested individuals who would like to share memories or stories about Hurricane Beulah. If you cannot attend this program but would like to provide memories or stories, please give us a call at 956-383-6911.
Museum staff will also be accepting cash donations for the American Association for State and Local History Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which will help the cultural and historic sites rebuild from the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.