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The years keep moving quickly at MHC!  2019 was an especially rewarding year for as we completed a long term project which enhanced the building and resulted in new restroom facilities and
exhibit space which was much needed.  My sincerest gratitude to project architect Danny Boultinghouse and our General Contract NM Contracting and project superintendent Derrick Munoz.  Of course, we are extremely grateful that our grant request for this renovation was approved by the City Development Corporation and they can be very proud that the funds were utilized in one of our most beautiful historic landmarks now serving the community as our history museum.  As we approach our 12th anniversary in service to McAllen and our Region, we continue to find ways to fulfill our mission effectively and efficiently.  We are open to the public on a year round basis and that alone is a worthy accomplishment.  We hope to increase our hours of operation this year and seek out tour groups from the school district and other sources so that we continue to teach and exhibit the colorful past of our vibrant city. 
From myself, our board of directors, staff and volunteers wish you a blessed and joyful year ahead!

Elva M. Cerda
MHC Managing Director and Founder


The McAllen Centennial festivities in 2004 included a festival held at Archer Park in celebration of McAllen's history.  Due to it's success, Centennial committee members began discussions towards developing a place for the community to enjoy learning about McAllen's past.  (MHC) was formed in early 2006 as a not-for-profit corporation for this purpose with a founding board comprised of a core of Centennial committee members.

Our mission is to provide a place to exhibit and assist in the preservation of documents, papers, pictures, works of art, records, maps, artifacts and writings of historical, traditional or cultural value. The MHC wants to perpetuate and educate about those customs of the people, traditions and folklore, which beautify and enrich the community life of historic McAllen, Texas.   

The McAllen Oldtimer's Club made a memorial contribution to MHC on behalf of Helen Snider, a member of the club and also one of the driving forces behind the MHC who passed away before her dream of a McAllen historical museum was realized.  Her diligent acquisition and preservation of historical items assisted the MHC in developing a foundation of exhibit materials.  The McAllen Centennial Committee also made a generous contribution to the MHC.  When MHC founding President, Rick De Julio
lost his courageous battle with cancer, his family made significant memorial contributions to MHC.  His hard work and dedication towards the preservation of history has left an indelible mark in our City.  We are honored that Mrs. Marilyn De Julio currently serves as one of our board members.

Since 2006, the founding board has completed a great deal of the legwork involved in the establishment of MHC as is evident by our beautiful and historic museum located in the "La Placita" building in downtown McAllen which opened to the public in June 2008.  The foundation for a bright future for the museum has been laid and the board is proud of these accomplishments and grateful for the tremendous support received from the City of McAllen and our entire community!

Our staff is professional and dedicated and we are fortunate to have their services and constant enthusiasm in helping to meet the goals of  the McAllen Heritage Center.

The future of MHC is filled with many new possibilities and opportunities which will result in continued service for our community in honor of our history and historic preservation!   We look forward to seeing you at the McAllen Heritage Center.

Current MHC Board of Directors:
Dr. Nedra Kinerk, President, John M. Kreidler, VP, Spud Brown, VP, Martha V. Hinojosa, Secretary, Danny Boultinghouse, Theresa Allen, Dr. Cayetano Barrera, and Mike Hovar, board members. Elva M. Cerda is Board Treasurer and the Managing Director at MHC. Spud Brown is serving as volunteer properties manager and tour guide at the museum.

Current and former leadership of MHC


Standing L-R:  Gracie Silva (former founding board member), Nedra S. Kinerk, Ed. D, President, Marilyn de Julio (former board mamber), Spud Brown, 3rd VP, Seated L-R:  Carmen De Leon (former board member) and Elva M. Cerda, Board Treasurer and Managing Director of MHC.

Danny Boultinghouse,
Board Member
John M. Kreidler, Board Member Martha V. Hinojosa, Board member

Dr. Cayetano Barrera,
Board Member
Michael D. Hovar,
Board Member
Theresa Allen,
Board member



Lily Hernandez, 
Museum Services
Long term volunteers at MHC are so appreciated!  Pictured are Fern and Maynard Kreidler.   Not pictured are other long term volunteers:  Frances Metcalf, Virginia Hall, Dan Codina, Pikey Rodriguez among many others that have helped us along the way!!
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