301 S. Main Street - McAllen (956) 687-1904 info@mcallenheritagecenter.com

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Message from the director

As for everyone, 2020 was an extremely challenging year for the McAllen Heritage Center and I hope this message finds each of you well and healthy. Our priority is and will always be the safety of our visitors and staff members. We have adhered to any required Covid19 mandates and will make decisions best for our organization to keep everyone safe as we move forward into the future.

Regardless of the interruption of services due to the pandemic, the year proved extremely productive and very rewarding as we worked on various projects to ready ourselves for the eventual re-opening of our facility in November 2020. New rotating exhibits from Humanities Texas and UTRGV Chaps were very popular with area educators and visitors in general. We will continue to expand our historical McAllen displays and bring in other exhibits of interest pertaining to area history, Veterans programs along with nature and conservation. We will also continue to promote Valley artists and musicians as we have done since our origination in 2006.

We were very proud to complete our online store, La Tiendita in early 2021 and it has proven very successful. We have a range of historical books, videos, postcards, and apparel along with fun McAllen souvenirs and items made by local artisans. Our annual fundraiser: Chuckwagon Dinner was sold out and we also introduced online sales where buyers received a QR code as another way to reach out to more supporters.

Future plans also include continuing to promote our ongoing Video History project and the McAllen Historical Landmarks video which we hope to complete in early 2022.

There are many projects in the works at the museum and I am very thankful for our dedicated staff: Joe Vidales-Curator, Letty Rodriguez-Museum Services and Gabriel Elizondo-Marketing along with our volunteers and loyal Board of Directors. As always, we thank all our friends in the community along with the City of McAllen for their ongoing support of MHC! Please visit the museum soon!

My best regards to each of you!

Elva M. Cerda
MHC Director

View Some Informative Videos About McAllen and Our Museum!

History of McAllen: 1911-1920

View an informative video about the history of McAllen from 1911 through 1920 put together by Explore McAllen!


History of McAllen: 1921-1930

View an informative video about the history of McAllen from 1921 through 1930 put together by Explore McAllen!


History of McAllen: 1951-1960

View an informative video about the history of McAllen from 1951 through 1960 put together by Explore McAllen!


Current and former leadership of MHC

John M. Kreidler
Board President
Olga Gabriel
Vice President
Michael Hovar
Board Member
Maria Piedad Martinez
Board Member
Rodrigo ‘Rudy’ Elizondo
Board Member
Danny Boultinghouse
Board Member
William ‘Bill’ Stocker
Board Member
Dr. Nedra Kinerk
Board Member
Elva M. Cerda
Spurgeon ‘Spud’ Brown.
Board Member
Joe Vidales
Letty Rodriguez
Museum Services Assistant

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!!