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Museum Exhibits or Programs

Permanent and/or temporary exhibits and associated programming found at museums or historic sites that is intended for educators or students.

A View from the Trenches: The Oberwetter World War I Collection

World War I was the most destructive confilct the globe had ever seen. Cities, building, and roads were destroyed and the soldiers who participated died from wounds and disease. Austin Oberwetter, a Texan soldier from the 23rd Engineers, documented the conflict with his camera and lived to share his experiences. Oberwetter's collection of photographs along with the accompanying captions he penned will be on display at the The Heritage Society Museum Gallery from Wednesday, February 21, 2018–Saturday, April 28, 2018.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures hosts the Chisholm Kid Travelling Exhibit

The cattle drive from Texas to Railway stations in Kansas was a way for upwards of 9,000 black cowboys to make a living in the latter half of the 19th century in Texas. To commemorate this history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is hosting "The Chisholm Kid," a traveling exhibit from the Museum of UnCut Funk with additional content on the historic Chisholm Trail from the Texas Historical Commission.

Buffalo Soldier Day 2018

Included in the celebration of Dream Week in 2018, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is providing visitors a chance to imagine the every day life of Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers were regiments of African American soldiers in the post-Civil War era who scouted and mapped Texas lands; protected settlers, traders and the mail; installed telegraph lines, and carried out dozens of other tasks. At the event, visitors will be able to pack a ruck sack for a frontier patrol, survey maps, track animals, and participate in games that Buffalo Soldiers played off duty.

Winter Texan Wednesday: Citrus in the Rio Grande Valley

The Museum of South Texas History invites Texans from across the Rio Grande Valley to participate in the new Bi-monthly program, Winter Texan Wednesday. The program is designed to introduce visitors to the museum galleries through a tour by museum staff. Visitors will then be invited to listen to a lecture on a designated topic in the courtyard gallery. The next event will be January 10th from 3PM-4PM. The lecture topic will be Citrus in the Rio Grande Valley and will feature Neil Cassidy, expert on the Valley Citrus Industry.

Museum of South Texas History Sunday Speaker Series featuring Dr. Joe Chance

On Jan. 28th, 2018, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Joe Chance from 2:00PM-3:00PM as a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Chance is a 5th generation Texan and has lived in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Chance was previously a professor of mathematics and is the author of several books about Valley History. 


January 28


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


 200 N Closner Blvd, Edinburg, TX 78541

Soy de Tejas Exhibit at the Museum of South Texas History

The Museum of South Texas History presents the Soy de Tejas exhibit until February 1, 2018. The Soy de Tejas exhibit traces the development of Conjunto music, which emerged as Tejano workers adopted the accordian from German and Czech immigrants in the 20th century. Tejanos blended the sounds of the accordian with their bajo sexto guitar to produce the signature Conjunto genre.

Sunday Speaker Series: The Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) Conference of December 1969

On Sunday, January 14th, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Carlos Cantu concerning the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) conference held in December of 1969 at La Lomita Monastery in Mission, Texas. The presentation is a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Cantu will discuss the role that this particular MAYO conference played in defining new expressions of ethnic nationalism and settling plans for Chicana/o Studies in colleges and universities.

The Will to Adorn

Visit UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures from December 16, 2017 - March 11, 2018 and experience The Will to Adorn exhibit.  The exhibit presents the discoveries of high school students who participated in the Smithsonian Center’s course on “African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity”. African American high school students documented the influence of the African American dress by visiting shops, African American braiding salons, and speaking with local experts.

Over There: America in WWI

This exhibit features over 40 original posters, uniforms, and restored trucks commemorating America's role in the Great War. The exhibit's main feature of attraction is its presentation of the only operational FT-17 Renault tank in North America. It will be on display at the Museum of the American G.I. until January 2019