Explore the history of contraband in South Texas and northeastern Mexico

EDINBURG - If you’re looking to change up the after-work routine, you’ll definitely want to attend MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Contraband and Corridos on Thursday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg.

During this monthly event, guests will explore the history of smuggling and songs written about the people making a living on the Texas-Mexico border, while avoiding the laws and taxes of both bordering countries. To further learn about the history of smuggling, teams of four can participate in the newest gallery game that includes completing smuggling tasks using risky strategy and trivia knowledge. Each team will obtain credits by rolling a die, selling and buying cotton and shooting at beer cans with rubber band guns. The team with the most credits will win free admission to the next MOSTHistory Happy Hour.

In addition to experiencing the smuggler’s lament and glory, guests will enjoy the sounds of corridos written about smugglers, tequileros and tradesmen in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. Best known for their monthly “Queremos Bailar” series at Yerberia Cultura, DJ PC and DJ Pharr From Heaven will play a wide variety of popular music, including Tejano, Hip Hop, R&B, conjunto, international and much more.

To quench thirst from all the gallery game fun, guests can taste a beer from Bell’s Brewery, a Michigan-native brewery that is making waves in Texas. For non-beer drinkers, guests will also have the chance to taste wine from Cambridge & Sunset from California. All alcoholic beverages will be served by The Landmark Lounge which is a local establishment in Edinburg. Light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served during the event. Last minute gift shopping? The Museum Store, with merchandise ranging from handmade jewelry to soaps and trinkets, will be open for guests.

MOSTHistory Happy Hour is an interactive educational event that brings young professionals together to network, socialize and share stories about their culture and heritage. This event is for individuals 21 and over. Guests must pay for their reservations ahead of time in order to secure their spot. General admission is $15 and FRIENDS of MOSTHistory pay $10. Please call the museum at 956-383-6911 and ask for Cedar Risica, the assistant development officer, to make your reservations.