Yale University graduate and Valley native will present his thesis, “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley.” Included in regular admission.
Sunday Speaker Series: “The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley”
Yale University graduate to present at MOSTHistory March 19
EDINBURG, Texas — March 10, 2017 — The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, welcomes Gabriel Ozuna to present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. This presentation will cover the historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.
The introduction of the railroad in South Texas opened the Rio Grande Valley up for agricultural development, resulting in an influx of Anglo-American settlement. At the same time, the outbreak of revolutionary violence in Mexico led to a massive refugee crisis as thousands of Mexican families fled across the river for safety. These two new populations drastically changed the social make-up of South Texas and threw the delicate cultural balance out of equilibrium.
Ozuna will discuss how this social tension was exploited by Los Sediciosos, a small band of revolutionary terrorists sponsored by the Mexican government, to try and spark a race war. The “Bandit Wars” would mark a bloody and shameful era in the history of the Rio Grande Valley as terrorism gave way to retaliatory violence and a near-complete dissolution of social cohesion between Anglo- and Mexican-Americans. “We must learn more about these events to better understand our history and how we can avoid making the same mistakes again,” Ozuna said.
Gabriel Ozuna is a graduate of Yale University who wrote his history thesis on the Mexican Revolution’s cultural and social impacts on the Rio Grande Valley. He has been active in South Texas’ local history scene since returning home and is currently seeking to pursue post-graduate opportunities in history and/or social and education policy.
Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.