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Chuckwagon dinner sales sell out once again! Redeem your ticket starting June one through October 30th, 2020 at Tony Roma's in McAllen. ( except Father's Day) curbside is also available just call the restaurant to place your order and let them know you are a Chuckwagon dinner ticket holder. Our sincerest thanks to all our supporters of this event!

Today, among many accomplishments, we continue to expand our exhibits about McAllen's colorful history, opened our museum gift shop- La Tiendita and we now occupy 100% of the La Placita facility!! Our annual fund-raiser "Chuckwagon Dinner under the Stars" held in spring used to be held at the museum for many years. In 2014 we moved the event off-site due to the tremendous attendance and support we received over the years. The event then partnered with Tony Roma's McAllen stores where our supporters will continue to enjoy the mouth-watering steak dinner and trimmings to benefit our museum. We are also founding exhibitors of McAllen's grand folklife festival: "PalmFest Folklife Celebration" held the first weekend of October at our beautiful McAllen Convention Center. MHC offer children's crafts and book nook, our educational "Traveling Trunks" program, group tours, special presentations, demonstrations and musical concerts, Saturday movies and refreshments for visitors and ongoing projects are always under development. Finally, we are proud to have established a rotating art show "The Artist's Corner" to highlight the work of our local talent at the museum.

We thank the many visitors have walked through our doors to enjoy exhibits and learning about McAllen's past. We look forward to the future as work diligently to continue to fulfill our mission.

MHC remodeling project completed November, 2019!

We are very pleased to announce that our remodeling project was completed in early November and MHC re-opened to the public on November 20th.

Construction started on August 1, 2019 and included demolition of the affected areas of the building. We now have expanded display and meeting space, new men's and women's restrooms and remodeled kitchen area with many other improvements completed in the building.

We are very proud of the museum facility that represents both our museum's mission and the city's contribution towards historic preservation. The city's commitment of this renovation project made possible through funding obtained from the Development Corporation of McAllen for the landmark building and their ongoing support of the MHC is commendable and appreciated.

Thank you everyone for your support of the McAllen Heritage Center- museum of history and culture. We invite you to come visit us soon and especially during this festive holiday season. There is limited free parking for visitors available in the rear lot. Free admission however door donations are accepted.

Best regards, Elva M. Cerda




The MHC Kids Book Nook has been a big success with our younger visitors and parents alike!  The area was developed several years ago in the museum as a way to advocate for literacy and teaching kids love of reading!  The museum will give a book to any child that wishes to take one home!  The Book Nook depends on donations of new or gently used books from the community to keep the book cases full and keep this program active and thriving.  The children's activity area also offers Saturday coloring projects, art classes and other activities as available.  Please check our facebook announcements and website for more information.  Call the museum on any other special activities for kids!  If you wish to make a book donation, we welcome you to do so during our hours of operation.


MHC Participates at McAllen Library Genealogy Symposium

MHC had a productive weekend hosting our display table at the McAllen Library Genealogy Symposium on Saturday, April 1st.   Many visitors enjoyed our seeing McAllen historical photos and artifacts and learning about our downtown museum location!  Special kudos to Spud and Jan Brown for taking the items and setting up along with Nedra who assisted at the event.  (see more photos on our facebook page) 





Our 11th Year at PalmFest was extra special!!

The McAllen Heritage Center has been a 11 year founding participant at PalmFest Folklife Celebration! We are deeply grateful to our underwriters that allow us to bring the entertainment, museums and many other cultural and art exhibits to PalmFest every year! Without your support, we could not help celebrate our history and culture at our grand folklife festival every year! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!




The MHC "Called to Higher Service" exhibit honoring Valley Country Music icon, Roland Garcia known as "Country Roland" which opened last February was very popular at MHC.  We have kept a portion of the exhibit on display as we continue to focus on this exhibit and our musical icons in McAllen.  "Called to Higher Service" is a rotating display created to remember impactful McAllen or Valleyites that are no longer with us.




LA TIENDITA- MHC store is going online soon!!

LA TIENDITA MHC store is adding new inventory and going ONLINE SOON!  Find fun McAllen souvenirs and other historical items such as
the 100 years of McAllen "Leading the Way" coffee table hardcover book, history of architecture, medicine and the citrus industry.  Also MHC tees, MHC book page markers, postcards, coasters, 100 year Centennial pins, Christmas ornaments plus new items that will be added.  Once online, we will be able to ship the items to you upon payment which we will be able to accept via Paypal!
We hope to open soon but for now, find many McAllen items in our store!  More information once the store is online on our museum website will be posted here!






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