Local university professor to present Sept. 24

EDINBURG - The Museum of South Texas History welcomes UTRGV professor Dr. Lino García Jr. to present “Colonial Spanish Texas – 1528-1821” on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. Following the presentation, García will be signing his book, “Colonial Spanish Texas and Other Essays,” which will be available for purchase in The Museum Store.

García has been called an “ambassador of Texas” with over 50 presentations made about his research on Hispanic human events that have occurred on Texas soil since the arrival of the Spanish in 1528. García’s message is clear: We can no longer deny the seamless Texas history that began with the native peoples populating Texas for more than 12,000 years before the first Europeans arrived in the region. That culture, blended with the Spanish-Mexican culture, formed the foundation of many events and institutions, over the course of many historical events, that led to present-day Texas culture. School children of Texas, now with an over 50 percent Hispanic student body, deserve a greatly enriched education and appreciation for the many different cultures that have made the state of Texas great. García will also discuss the influence of non-Hispanics on Texas history.

García holds a doctorate in Spanish Literature and Latin-American Studies from Tulane University, and he has received numerous honors and awards for his work. A native of Brownsville, García is an eighth generation Tejano. His ancestors, the Longoria-Chapa family, arrived on Texas soil with Col. José de Escandón y Helguera in 1749 and were recipients of Spanish Land Grants (porciones) awarded by King Carlos III of Spain in 1767. García served in the US Navy on a destroyer vessel during the Korean War, earning two battle stars for combat duties. Currently, García holds the chair of Professor Emeritus of Spanish Literature and Coordinator of the Spanish Texas Studies Project at UTRGV–Edinburg where he has taught and served on the as faculty and as an administrator since 1967.