Monday, January 25, 2010

Museums of Port Isabel Upcoming Events and Info



The Museums of Port Isabel and Laguna Madre Museum Foundation announce Upcoming Events and Projects

RENOVATIONS:
·        During the month of January, renovations to the Treasures of the Gulf Museum Gift Shop will begin, making it more efficient for the Museums to operate both gift shop and admission desk. The admissions desk will be moved to the center of the entrance and more space will be added to the gift shop.

NEW EXHIBITS:
·         A new exhibit will open displaying what was referred to as a bathroom on early nautical ships. They were jokingly referred to as Los Jardines or The Gardens. They were known for the unexpected baths provided when the deck was washed by waves. They were also referred to as the head because they were placed at the head of the ship so that the waves could naturally clean the area of the toilet for that 'salty fresh smell.' The term head stuck and spread to not just toilets on ships but toilets in general. The term is still used today by men all around the world. Note: In 1708, Woodes Rogers, an English privateer and Governor of the Bahamas, was the first person to refer to a ships toilet as the head in his book, but the term head can be traced well beyond the 15th century.

EVENTS:
·        January 28th, The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting "Telling Our Stories" program with guest speaker Valerie Bates, Port Isabel Marketing Director and  Texas Tropical Trails board member. She will give a presentation on the Causeway Collapse. There will be a display of 14 of her photographs of the tragedy in the art gallery at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. "Telling Our Stories" begins at 7pm and will be held at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Free admission and refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Gabriel Godines, Curator of Education and Programs at (956) 943-7602.

·        February 12th, The Museums will be hosting its 13th Annual "Essence of the Laguna Madre" fundraiser titled "! Viva La Revolution!" at 7pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.  There will be traditional Mexican  performances from the UTB Mariachi Band and  the Los Fresnos Folklorico  dancers;  great food and drinks; a Mexican Revolution exhibit on display in the Champion Building;  and an exhibition of Mexican Revolution paintings from the Consulate of Mexico in the Treasures of the Gulf art gallery.  The evening will also include a Silent Auction, and an opening of a Mexican Revolution era safe that dates back to the 1920's. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are on sale now. For more information contact Jeannie Aby at  (956)943-7602.

·        February 25th, The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting "Telling Our Stories" program with guest speaker Rod Bates, owner of Antiques@Tarnava and board member of the Port Isabel Historical Preservation Board and  the South Padre Island Historic Preservation Board.  Mr. Bates will be giving a presentation on the Mexican Revolution. "Telling Our Stories" will be held in the Champion Building at 7pm.  For more information, contact Gabriel Godines, Curator of Education and Programs at (956) 943-7602.

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