Monthly Archives: June 2015

Museum of South Texas in Edinburg houses important Plan of San Diego papers, Basilio Ramos’ jail cell

On June 11, Genie and I had the
pleasure of visiting the Museum of South Texas and I have to say I
was pleasantly surprised. I did not expect to find a first class
museum in the small town of Edinburg, population 77,100. Well maybe
its not the small town I remembered from years ago but it certainly
is no metropolis.
Met with Shan Rankin, Executive Director of the Museum
of South Texas and René Ballesteros, Archival Assistant .
We walked around the exhibits and were
genuinely impressed. Not only are they very informative and relevant
they included genuine artifacts in very professionally done exhibit
surroundings. Forgive me if I do not use the correct terminology but
needless to say it was all very enlightening and entertaining.
Halfway through our tour, we were met
by Shan Rankin, Executive Director of the museum. Shan and I have a
mutual friend and we both worked for Senator John Tower circa 1975;
she was in the Dallas office and I in the Austin district office. We
had a good time reminiscing about those days and the people we both
knew back then.
Shan took us on a complete tour of the
museum and told us about their recent acquisition of the Agustin
Garza collection. In case the name is not familiar, he was the
military commander and one of the signers of the Plan of San Diego. I
did not get to see the collection because it was being digitized at
the time.
I did get a first hand look at the jail
where Basilio Ramos was taken after he was arrested with the
Jail where Basilio Ramos was first held.

Plan of
San Diego. The jail is part of the Museum of South Texas complex. It
is currently under restoration but I was able to see it. The museum’s
archives has many other collections including an extensive photograph
collection of homes in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Museum of South Texas regularly has
special exhibits and shows, including on weekends. It is well worth a
visit if you are in the area; it is also worth a special trip if you
do not live in the area. There is a lot to see in the Rio Grande
Valley.
For hours of operation and its location
follow this
link to their Web site
.