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

About the Mcallen Heritage Center

Message from the director

We are incredibly pleased that after a challenging couple of years during the worst of the Covid19 pandemic, we are well on our way to operating at a normal pace! I hope this message finds each of you well and healthy. Our priority will continue to be the safety of our visitors and staff members so we will follow any required Covid19 mandates and will make decisions best for our organization to keep everyone safe as we move forward into the future.

2021 was another stellar year for MHC as we continued to work to bring services to our community and maintain our collection and facility in top shape. Rotating exhibits with our partners from Humanities Texas, UTRGV Chaps and the Valley Land Fund continue to draw attendees are popular with area educators. 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.

The conversion of our museum store, La Tiendita, to online sales in early 2021 has proven highly 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 2022/23. Facilities improvements including the outdoor LED light project, beautification of the adjacent La Placita Park with the “Greeting from McAllen” mural completed in late 2021 is ongoing and we hope we continue to make our downtown a great destination for residents and visitors.

There are many projects in the works at the museum and I am very thankful for our dedicated staff: Joe Vidales-Curator, Steve Bravo-Museum Services and Gabriel Elizondo-Marketing, Nora Musule- Museum Services and Lily Hernandez along with our volunteers, student interns 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

Our Mission Statement

The McAllen Heritage Center, Inc. (MHC) is a nonprofit Corporation. The concise mission statement of the MHC is: 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.

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
William ‘Bill’ Stocker
Board Member
Danny Boultinghouse
Board Member
Dr. Nedra Kinerk
Board member, Founder
Elva M. Cerda
Executive Director, Founder
Spurgeon ‘Spud’ Brown.
MHC Historian, Founder
Joe Vidales
Steven Bravo
Museum Services
Gabriel Elizondo
Marketing Assistant & Social Media Manager

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!!