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Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Brownsville Historical Association Events
EVENT # 1:
Brownsville Historical Association's
Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 23, 2005, 2:00pm
Brownsville Heritage Museum
1325 E. Washington Street
featuring a presentation by
Ing. Manuel Humberto Gonzalez Ramos
"Cartogratia Historica, Matamoros"
An on-going silent auction will also will be held with the results at the conclusion of the program.
For more information call (956) 541-5560
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-4pm
Walking Tours of Historic Brownsville
Saturdays in January
Jan. 8 Downtown 10am-11am
Jan. 15 Ft. Brown 10am-11am
Jan. 22 Downtown 10am-11am
Jan. 29 Ft. Brown 10am-11am
Join Dr. Tony Knopp, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Brownsville, for a walk into Brownsville's past, discovering the provocative character of the city's 150-year history and the military post that played such a crucial role in that history.
Tours will be limited to 15 participants. Donations of $5.00 for the Brownsville Historical Association are requested.
Tours will assemble at the Brownsville Heritage Museum at 1325 E. Washington St. (next to the Stillman House). Participants are invited to tour the museum at no charge.
Call (956) 541-5560 to reserve your place on any of the tours.
I am not too sure what the first event is about....CARTOGRAFIA....I am guesing it may have something to do with
1.) caligraphy 2.) letter writing 3.) newsprint font 4.) cardboard
My best source is on the matter right now....SUPER DAD! Whose blood runs rich with the Poblano spirit...woo hoo! Orale Camoteros!....He took out an old, torn Spanish dictionary (which suspiciously has a stamp for St. Mary's University Library on the side) and a Spanish Encyclopedia (which looks newer than the dictionary). I feel like we should be in a library somewhere in a dusty rare books section with a flash light. ok..ok.. some progress is being made! (who needs the internet when you have books...:oP)
Ok. Here we go!
Cartografîa, f. cartografy, mapping
cartografo, m. map maker, cartographer
We found it in the St. Mary's dictionary but not in the encyclopedia so my dad is all muffled.
The first event will have a presentation of about historical map making of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Brownsville's sister city right across the border. Sounds really interesting! And the meeting would also be good to attend if you are interested in learning more about the association and how to become a member.
The second event is a blast! I know from experience because I took the downtown tour this past summer. I learned so much about downtown's history and architecture. You would learn so much from this tour and Dr. Knopp is probably is one of the foremost experts on Brownsville's history and a great professor (I had the pleasure of taking his history course at UTB about 4 summers ago).
The folks over at the Brownsville Heritage Complex (The Brownsville Historical Association's homebase) are very supportive and nice people and I had the best experience working with them this past Spring on the Fronteras Cruzadas exhibition and symposium. The complex documents Brownsville's past and you will find historical records and a pictorial history of Brownsville while here. It is structured into three units: The Stillman House Museum (home of Brownsville founder Charles Stillman), The Brownsville Heritage Museum (which has a great permanent history exhibit in it's main gallery and moving exhibits as well) and the Heritage Resource Center (which houses original and historical archives for research and study).
Like Brownsville's contemporary culture, Brownsville's heritage and history is incredibly rich and complex. Hey, it must be since it is the second most historical city in Texas only after San Antonio. If you are looking for an awesome history fix, go visit the folks of the Brownsville Historical Association at the Brownsville Heritage Complex.
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