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Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 - November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building.

 

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.

 

The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA's Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas--Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.

 

The BHA has developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).

 

For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

WATER/WAYS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

 

Sip N’ Paint: “Going with the Flow of Water”

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 6 - 8 p.m

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: (956) 548-1313

 

Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

“Books to Quench Your Thirst: Storytime at the Brownsville Public Library”

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. @ Main Branch: 2600 Central Blvd Brownsville, TX 78520

Time: 6 p.m. @ Southmost Branch: 4320 Southmost Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In collaboration with the Brownsville Public Library, stop by the Main Branch or Southmost Branch for a storytime and crafts for kids! The program combines the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and their children with stories about water and crafts about the water cycle. The books will include “Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” by Emily Moon, “The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

 

“Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” (by Emily Moon)

Meet Drop. She’s water! And she’s seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she’s four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows–and she flows everywhere–she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever plummeted from a rain cloud? Or took a thousand-year nap in a glacier? Drop knows how to live right.) With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners, Drop takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle and beyond. Filled with irresistible artwork, funny asides, and a steady sprinkle of kid-enticing facts, Drop is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.

 

“The Rhythm of the Rain” (by Grahame Baker-Smith)

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

 

“We Are Water Protectors” (by Carole Lindstrom)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.  When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people's water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Historical Development on the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Anthony Knopp (UTRGV Professor Emeritus)

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

SEE WATER TALK VIDEO

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series. Our first speaker Dr. Anthony Knopp, an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. Dr. Knopp will speak about the impact of historical developments involving water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly Brownsville.  Weather, rainfall, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, irrigation, flooding, transportation, agriculture and other factors will be topics of discussion.

 

ABOUT DR. KNOPP:

Anthony K. Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he completed his doctorate in history at Texas Tech University in 1973. In the course of his career he has taught courses in government and geography as well as history. His areas of research and instruction include Mexican History, U.S.-Mexico Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History, Border History, and Brownsville/Matamoros History. He has co-authored and co-edited 12 books on local and border history in addition to numerous articles. Dr. Knopp currently serves on the Brownsville Historical Association Board of Directors.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Hydrology and Waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Jude Benavides (UTRGV Professor)

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our second speaker in our “Water Talk'' series, Jude Benavides, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Dr. Benavides will discuss the major hydrologic systems and waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Topics such as water transport, supply, flooding, quality and environmental function will be highlighted during his lecture. The varied and important roles that resacas and ox-bows play in Cameron County and Brownsville, as well as northeastern Mexico, will also be included.

 

ABOUT MR. BENAVIDES:

Dr. Jude Benavides has a PhD and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Benavides has 15 years of academic experience in hydrology / water resources; he is also an Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 years; 20 years in environmental engineering consulting; 12 years of U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). His research specialization is in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Weather and Texas Policy with Carlos Rubinstein (Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series with Carlos Rubinstein, Principal Member of RSAH20, LLC. The climate of Texas makes the state particularly susceptible to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. Weather events over the past 150 years have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level that have helped prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters. Many of these efforts have been successful; however, continuous planning and improvement will be necessary to meet the needs of the growing population. Mr. Rubinstein will speak about how recent droughts and floods have demonstrated that traditional infrastructure must work in tandem with early forecasting and warning systems, which will require effective policies at both the state and federal level to support them along with citizen engagement.

 

ABOUT MR. RUBINSTEIN:

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with strong emphasis on water issues. Rubinstein has served as an expert witness on various environmental cases and has published several peer-reviewed articles on Texas water policy matters. He has over 38 years experience in state and municipal management and regulation having served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and City Manager of Brownsville, Texas. Rubinstein's experience includes a strong emphasis in water management, water resources, international water treaties, water quality, environmental enforcement and compliance issues as well as waste management.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our last “Water Talk'' session with Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. Mr. Mariscal’s presentation will discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

ABOUT MR. MARISCAL:

Rene Mariscal is a Rio Grande Valley native (Harlingen). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Mr. Mariscal is currently the Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). He has served as the Water Resource Manager since his appointment in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Environmental Manager for BPUB for approximately 6 years. He has been with BPUB for nearly 20 years. Prior to BPUB he worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen offices.

 

 

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled 4programs and the exhibit on display through Kahoot! Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

Port of Brownsville Boat Tour

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 4PM (Please arrive by 3:15PM for check-in)

Where: Port of Brownsville

1000 Capt Donald L. Foust Rd

Brownsville, TX 78526

 

The BHA have developed the "Water/Ways Passport Program"; a card that you pick up at the Historic Alonso building. Once completed, you may enter into a raffle for a gift basket and/or a seat on the Port of Brownsville boat tour slated for November 4th.  The tour has limited seated and is available to passport program winners and BHA members only.

 

When visiting one of the programs listed on the "passport" card, you will receive a stamp. To ready the passport for submission, you must attend three events (receive three stamps). Completed passports must be submitted in-person to BHA staff at the Alonso building by 4PM on October 26, 2021.

 

A special raffle drawing posted on Facebook on October 27th will choose the lucky “passport holders”. Winners will be notified by phone on October 28, 2021. Those who do not claim their prize will lose their seat on the boat tour.

 

Join us for our final Water/Ways exhibit program! Our last event is a special boat tour as we also celebrate the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary. We will learn about the history of the Port and what makes it significant today.

 

The tour will provide visitors a viewing of the Port of Brownsville turning basin and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Port administrative offices.

 

A limited number of seats have been reserved for BHA members only and those who have completed the BHA Water/Ways “Passport Program”. Reservations required for ALL attendees.

 

BHA members: Please call 956-548-1313 for a reservation. You must be a current, paid member. Reservation made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Other Visitors: Once you have completed the Water/Ways Passport, please deliver it to the Historic Brownsville Museum by Oct. 26. A special raffle drawing will choose “passport winners” on Facebook and folks will be notified by phone on Oct. 28th.

 

For more detailed information about Water/Ways’ programs, call 956-548-1313 and visit our social media platforms or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

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Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 - November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building.

 

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.

 

The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA's Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas--Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.

 

The BHA has developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).

 

For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

WATER/WAYS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

 

Sip N’ Paint: “Going with the Flow of Water”

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 6 - 8 p.m

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: (956) 548-1313

 

Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

“Books to Quench Your Thirst: Storytime at the Brownsville Public Library”

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. @ Main Branch: 2600 Central Blvd Brownsville, TX 78520

Time: 6 p.m. @ Southmost Branch: 4320 Southmost Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In collaboration with the Brownsville Public Library, stop by the Main Branch or Southmost Branch for a storytime and crafts for kids! The program combines the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and their children with stories about water and crafts about the water cycle. The books will include “Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” by Emily Moon, “The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

 

“Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” (by Emily Moon)

Meet Drop. She’s water! And she’s seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she’s four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows–and she flows everywhere–she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever plummeted from a rain cloud? Or took a thousand-year nap in a glacier? Drop knows how to live right.) With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners, Drop takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle and beyond. Filled with irresistible artwork, funny asides, and a steady sprinkle of kid-enticing facts, Drop is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.

 

“The Rhythm of the Rain” (by Grahame Baker-Smith)

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

 

“We Are Water Protectors” (by Carole Lindstrom)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.  When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people's water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.

 

“Water Talk”: Historical Development on the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Anthony Knopp (UTRGV Professor Emeritus)

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

SEE WATER TALK VIDEO

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series. Our first speaker Dr. Anthony Knopp, an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. Dr. Knopp will speak about the impact of historical developments involving water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly Brownsville.  Weather, rainfall, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, irrigation, flooding, transportation, agriculture and other factors will be topics of discussion.

 

ABOUT DR. KNOPP:

Anthony K. Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he completed his doctorate in history at Texas Tech University in 1973. In the course of his career he has taught courses in government and geography as well as history. His areas of research and instruction include Mexican History, U.S.-Mexico Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History, Border History, and Brownsville/Matamoros History. He has co-authored and co-edited 12 books on local and border history in addition to numerous articles. Dr. Knopp currently serves on the Brownsville Historical Association Board of Directors.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Hydrology and Waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Jude Benavides (UTRGV Professor)

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our second speaker in our “Water Talk'' series, Jude Benavides, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Dr. Benavides will discuss the major hydrologic systems and waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Topics such as water transport, supply, flooding, quality and environmental function will be highlighted during his lecture. The varied and important roles that resacas and ox-bows play in Cameron County and Brownsville, as well as northeastern Mexico, will also be included.

 

ABOUT MR. BENAVIDES:

Dr. Jude Benavides has a PhD and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Benavides has 15 years of academic experience in hydrology / water resources; he is also an Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 years; 20 years in environmental engineering consulting; 12 years of U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). His research specialization is in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Weather and Texas Policy with Carlos Rubinstein (Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series with Carlos Rubinstein, Principal Member of RSAH20, LLC. The climate of Texas makes the state particularly susceptible to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. Weather events over the past 150 years have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level that have helped prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters. Many of these efforts have been successful; however, continuous planning and improvement will be necessary to meet the needs of the growing population. Mr. Rubinstein will speak about how recent droughts and floods have demonstrated that traditional infrastructure must work in tandem with early forecasting and warning systems, which will require effective policies at both the state and federal level to support them along with citizen engagement.

 

ABOUT MR. RUBINSTEIN:

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with strong emphasis on water issues. Rubinstein has served as an expert witness on various environmental cases and has published several peer-reviewed articles on Texas water policy matters. He has over 38 years experience in state and municipal management and regulation having served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and City Manager of Brownsville, Texas. Rubinstein's experience includes a strong emphasis in water management, water resources, international water treaties, water quality, environmental enforcement and compliance issues as well as waste management.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our last “Water Talk'' session with Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. Mr. Mariscal’s presentation will discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

ABOUT MR. MARISCAL:

Rene Mariscal is a Rio Grande Valley native (Harlingen). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Mr. Mariscal is currently the Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). He has served as the Water Resource Manager since his appointment in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Environmental Manager for BPUB for approximately 6 years. He has been with BPUB for nearly 20 years. Prior to BPUB he worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen offices.

 

 

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled 4programs and the exhibit on display through Kahoot! Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

Port of Brownsville Boat Tour

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 4PM (Please arrive by 3:15PM for check-in)

Where: Port of Brownsville

1000 Capt Donald L. Foust Rd

Brownsville, TX 78526

 

The BHA have developed the "Water/Ways Passport Program"; a card that you pick up at the Historic Alonso building. Once completed, you may enter into a raffle for a gift basket and/or a seat on the Port of Brownsville boat tour slated for November 4th.  The tour has limited seated and is available to passport program winners and BHA members only.

 

When visiting one of the programs listed on the "passport" card, you will receive a stamp. To ready the passport for submission, you must attend three events (receive three stamps). Completed passports must be submitted in-person to BHA staff at the Alonso building by 4PM on October 26, 2021.

 

A special raffle drawing posted on Facebook on October 27th will choose the lucky “passport holders”. Winners will be notified by phone on October 28, 2021. Those who do not claim their prize will lose their seat on the boat tour.

 

Join us for our final Water/Ways exhibit program! Our last event is a special boat tour as we also celebrate the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary. We will learn about the history of the Port and what makes it significant today.

 

The tour will provide visitors a viewing of the Port of Brownsville turning basin and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Port administrative offices.

 

A limited number of seats have been reserved for BHA members only and those who have completed the BHA Water/Ways “Passport Program”. Reservations required for ALL attendees.

 

BHA members: Please call 956-548-1313 for a reservation. You must be a current, paid member. Reservation made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Other Visitors: Once you have completed the Water/Ways Passport, please deliver it to the Historic Brownsville Museum by Oct. 26. A special raffle drawing will choose “passport winners” on Facebook and folks will be notified by phone on Oct. 28th.

 

For more detailed information about Water/Ways’ programs, call 956-548-1313 and visit our social media platforms or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 - November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building.

 

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.

 

The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA's Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas--Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.

 

The BHA has developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).

 

For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

WATER/WAYS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

 

Sip N’ Paint: “Going with the Flow of Water”

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 6 - 8 p.m

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: (956) 548-1313

 

Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

“Books to Quench Your Thirst: Storytime at the Brownsville Public Library”

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. @ Main Branch: 2600 Central Blvd Brownsville, TX 78520

Time: 6 p.m. @ Southmost Branch: 4320 Southmost Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In collaboration with the Brownsville Public Library, stop by the Main Branch or Southmost Branch for a storytime and crafts for kids! The program combines the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and their children with stories about water and crafts about the water cycle. The books will include “Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” by Emily Moon, “The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

 

“Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” (by Emily Moon)

Meet Drop. She’s water! And she’s seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she’s four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows–and she flows everywhere–she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever plummeted from a rain cloud? Or took a thousand-year nap in a glacier? Drop knows how to live right.) With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners, Drop takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle and beyond. Filled with irresistible artwork, funny asides, and a steady sprinkle of kid-enticing facts, Drop is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.

 

“The Rhythm of the Rain” (by Grahame Baker-Smith)

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

 

“We Are Water Protectors” (by Carole Lindstrom)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.  When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people's water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Historical Development on the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Anthony Knopp (UTRGV Professor Emeritus)

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

SEE WATER TALK VIDEO

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series. Our first speaker Dr. Anthony Knopp, an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. Dr. Knopp will speak about the impact of historical developments involving water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly Brownsville.  Weather, rainfall, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, irrigation, flooding, transportation, agriculture and other factors will be topics of discussion.

 

ABOUT DR. KNOPP:

Anthony K. Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he completed his doctorate in history at Texas Tech University in 1973. In the course of his career he has taught courses in government and geography as well as history. His areas of research and instruction include Mexican History, U.S.-Mexico Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History, Border History, and Brownsville/Matamoros History. He has co-authored and co-edited 12 books on local and border history in addition to numerous articles. Dr. Knopp currently serves on the Brownsville Historical Association Board of Directors.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Hydrology and Waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Jude Benavides (UTRGV Professor)

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our second speaker in our “Water Talk'' series, Jude Benavides, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Dr. Benavides will discuss the major hydrologic systems and waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Topics such as water transport, supply, flooding, quality and environmental function will be highlighted during his lecture. The varied and important roles that resacas and ox-bows play in Cameron County and Brownsville, as well as northeastern Mexico, will also be included.

 

ABOUT MR. BENAVIDES:

Dr. Jude Benavides has a PhD and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Benavides has 15 years of academic experience in hydrology / water resources; he is also an Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 years; 20 years in environmental engineering consulting; 12 years of U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). His research specialization is in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Weather and Texas Policy with Carlos Rubinstein (Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series with Carlos Rubinstein, Principal Member of RSAH20, LLC. The climate of Texas makes the state particularly susceptible to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. Weather events over the past 150 years have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level that have helped prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters. Many of these efforts have been successful; however, continuous planning and improvement will be necessary to meet the needs of the growing population. Mr. Rubinstein will speak about how recent droughts and floods have demonstrated that traditional infrastructure must work in tandem with early forecasting and warning systems, which will require effective policies at both the state and federal level to support them along with citizen engagement.

 

ABOUT MR. RUBINSTEIN:

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with strong emphasis on water issues. Rubinstein has served as an expert witness on various environmental cases and has published several peer-reviewed articles on Texas water policy matters. He has over 38 years experience in state and municipal management and regulation having served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and City Manager of Brownsville, Texas. Rubinstein's experience includes a strong emphasis in water management, water resources, international water treaties, water quality, environmental enforcement and compliance issues as well as waste management.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our last “Water Talk'' session with Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. Mr. Mariscal’s presentation will discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

ABOUT MR. MARISCAL:

Rene Mariscal is a Rio Grande Valley native (Harlingen). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Mr. Mariscal is currently the Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). He has served as the Water Resource Manager since his appointment in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Environmental Manager for BPUB for approximately 6 years. He has been with BPUB for nearly 20 years. Prior to BPUB he worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen offices.

 

 

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled 4programs and the exhibit on display through Kahoot! Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

Port of Brownsville Boat Tour

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 4PM (Please arrive by 3:15PM for check-in)

Where: Port of Brownsville

1000 Capt Donald L. Foust Rd

Brownsville, TX 78526

 

The BHA have developed the "Water/Ways Passport Program"; a card that you pick up at the Historic Alonso building. Once completed, you may enter into a raffle for a gift basket and/or a seat on the Port of Brownsville boat tour slated for November 4th.  The tour has limited seated and is available to passport program winners and BHA members only.

 

When visiting one of the programs listed on the "passport" card, you will receive a stamp. To ready the passport for submission, you must attend three events (receive three stamps). Completed passports must be submitted in-person to BHA staff at the Alonso building by 4PM on October 26, 2021.

 

A special raffle drawing posted on Facebook on October 27th will choose the lucky “passport holders”. Winners will be notified by phone on October 28, 2021. Those who do not claim their prize will lose their seat on the boat tour.

Join us for our final Water/Ways exhibit program! Our last event is a special boat tour as we also celebrate the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary. We will learn about the history of the Port and what makes it significant today.

 

The tour will provide visitors a viewing of the Port of Brownsville turning basin and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Port administrative offices.

 

A limited number of seats have been reserved for BHA members only and those who have completed the BHA Water/Ways “Passport Program”. Reservations required for ALL attendees.

 

BHA members: Please call 956-548-1313 for a reservation. You must be a current, paid member. Reservation made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Other Visitors: Once you have completed the Water/Ways Passport, please deliver it to the Historic Brownsville Museum by Oct. 26. A special raffle drawing will choose “passport winners” on Facebook and folks will be notified by phone on Oct. 28th.

 

For more detailed information about Water/Ways’ programs, call 956-548-1313 and visit our social media platforms or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 - November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building.

 

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.

 

The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA's Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas--Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.

 

The BHA has developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).

 

For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

WATER/WAYS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

 

Sip N’ Paint: “Going with the Flow of Water”

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 6 - 8 p.m

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: (956) 548-1313

 

Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

“Books to Quench Your Thirst: Storytime at the Brownsville Public Library”

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. @ Main Branch: 2600 Central Blvd Brownsville, TX 78520

Time: 6 p.m. @ Southmost Branch: 4320 Southmost Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In collaboration with the Brownsville Public Library, stop by the Main Branch or Southmost Branch for a storytime and crafts for kids! The program combines the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and their children with stories about water and crafts about the water cycle. The books will include “Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” by Emily Moon, “The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

 

“Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” (by Emily Moon)

Meet Drop. She’s water! And she’s seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she’s four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows–and she flows everywhere–she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever plummeted from a rain cloud? Or took a thousand-year nap in a glacier? Drop knows how to live right.) With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners, Drop takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle and beyond. Filled with irresistible artwork, funny asides, and a steady sprinkle of kid-enticing facts, Drop is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.

 

“The Rhythm of the Rain” (by Grahame Baker-Smith)

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

 

“We Are Water Protectors” (by Carole Lindstrom)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.  When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people's water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Historical Development on the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Anthony Knopp (UTRGV Professor Emeritus)

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

SEE WATER TALK VIDEO

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series. Our first speaker Dr. Anthony Knopp, an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. Dr. Knopp will speak about the impact of historical developments involving water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly Brownsville.  Weather, rainfall, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, irrigation, flooding, transportation, agriculture and other factors will be topics of discussion.

 

ABOUT DR. KNOPP:

Anthony K. Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he completed his doctorate in history at Texas Tech University in 1973. In the course of his career he has taught courses in government and geography as well as history. His areas of research and instruction include Mexican History, U.S.-Mexico Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History, Border History, and Brownsville/Matamoros History. He has co-authored and co-edited 12 books on local and border history in addition to numerous articles. Dr. Knopp currently serves on the Brownsville Historical Association Board of Directors.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Hydrology and Waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Jude Benavides (UTRGV Professor)

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our second speaker in our “Water Talk'' series, Jude Benavides, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Dr. Benavides will discuss the major hydrologic systems and waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Topics such as water transport, supply, flooding, quality and environmental function will be highlighted during his lecture. The varied and important roles that resacas and ox-bows play in Cameron County and Brownsville, as well as northeastern Mexico, will also be included.

 

ABOUT MR. BENAVIDES:

Dr. Jude Benavides has a PhD and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Benavides has 15 years of academic experience in hydrology / water resources; he is also an Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 years; 20 years in environmental engineering consulting; 12 years of U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). His research specialization is in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Weather and Texas Policy with Carlos Rubinstein (Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series with Carlos Rubinstein, Principal Member of RSAH20, LLC. The climate of Texas makes the state particularly susceptible to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. Weather events over the past 150 years have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level that have helped prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters. Many of these efforts have been successful; however, continuous planning and improvement will be necessary to meet the needs of the growing population. Mr. Rubinstein will speak about how recent droughts and floods have demonstrated that traditional infrastructure must work in tandem with early forecasting and warning systems, which will require effective policies at both the state and federal level to support them along with citizen engagement.

 

ABOUT MR. RUBINSTEIN:

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with strong emphasis on water issues. Rubinstein has served as an expert witness on various environmental cases and has published several peer-reviewed articles on Texas water policy matters. He has over 38 years experience in state and municipal management and regulation having served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and City Manager of Brownsville, Texas. Rubinstein's experience includes a strong emphasis in water management, water resources, international water treaties, water quality, environmental enforcement and compliance issues as well as waste management.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our last “Water Talk'' session with Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. Mr. Mariscal’s presentation will discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

ABOUT MR. MARISCAL:

Rene Mariscal is a Rio Grande Valley native (Harlingen). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Mr. Mariscal is currently the Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). He has served as the Water Resource Manager since his appointment in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Environmental Manager for BPUB for approximately 6 years. He has been with BPUB for nearly 20 years. Prior to BPUB he worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen offices.

 

 

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled 4programs and the exhibit on display through Kahoot! Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

Port of Brownsville Boat Tour

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 4PM (Please arrive by 3:15PM for check-in)

Where: Port of Brownsville

1000 Capt Donald L. Foust Rd

Brownsville, TX 78526

 

The BHA have developed the "Water/Ways Passport Program"; a card that you pick up at the Historic Alonso building. Once completed, you may enter into a raffle for a gift basket and/or a seat on the Port of Brownsville boat tour slated for November 4th.  The tour has limited seated and is available to passport program winners and BHA members only.

 

When visiting one of the programs listed on the "passport" card, you will receive a stamp. To ready the passport for submission, you must attend three events (receive three stamps). Completed passports must be submitted in-person to BHA staff at the Alonso building by 4PM on October 26, 2021.

 

A special raffle drawing posted on Facebook on October 27th will choose the lucky “passport holders”. Winners will be notified by phone on October 28, 2021. Those who do not claim their prize will lose their seat on the boat tour.

 

Join us for our final Water/Ways exhibit program! Our last event is a special boat tour as we also celebrate the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary. We will learn about the history of the Port and what makes it significant today.

 

The tour will provide visitors a viewing of the Port of Brownsville turning basin and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Port administrative offices.

 

A limited number of seats have been reserved for BHA members only and those who have completed the BHA Water/Ways “Passport Program”. Reservations required for ALL attendees.

 

BHA members: Please call 956-548-1313 for a reservation. You must be a current, paid member. Reservation made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Other Visitors: Once you have completed the Water/Ways Passport, please deliver it to the Historic Brownsville Museum by Oct. 26. A special raffle drawing will choose “passport winners” on Facebook and folks will be notified by phone on Oct. 28th.

 

For more detailed information about Water/Ways’ programs, call 956-548-1313 and visit our social media platforms or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 - November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building.

 

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.

 

The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA's Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas--Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.

 

The BHA has developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).

 

For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

WATER/WAYS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

 

Sip N’ Paint: “Going with the

Flow of Water”

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 6 - 8 p.m

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: (956) 548-1313

 

Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

“Books to Quench Your Thirst: Storytime at the Brownsville Public Library”

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. @ Main Branch: 2600 Central Blvd Brownsville, TX 78520

Time: 6 p.m. @ Southmost Branch: 4320 Southmost Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In collaboration with the Brownsville Public Library, stop by the Main Branch or Southmost Branch for a storytime and crafts for kids! The program combines the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and their children with stories about water and crafts about the water cycle. The books will include “Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” by Emily Moon, “The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

 

“Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle” (by Emily Moon)

Meet Drop. She’s water! And she’s seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she’s four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows–and she flows everywhere–she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever plummeted from a rain cloud? Or took a thousand-year nap in a glacier? Drop knows how to live right.) With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners, Drop takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle and beyond. Filled with irresistible artwork, funny asides, and a steady sprinkle of kid-enticing facts, Drop is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.

 

“The Rhythm of the Rain” (by Grahame Baker-Smith)

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

 

“We Are Water Protectors”

(by Carole Lindstrom)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.  When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people's water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Historical Development on the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Anthony Knopp (UTRGV Professor Emeritus)

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

SEE WATER TALK VIDEO

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series. Our first speaker Dr. Anthony Knopp, an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. Dr. Knopp will speak about the impact of historical developments involving water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, particularly Brownsville.  Weather, rainfall, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, irrigation, flooding, transportation, agriculture and other factors will be topics of discussion.

 

ABOUT DR. KNOPP:

Anthony K. Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of History at UTRGV. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he completed his doctorate in history at Texas Tech University in 1973. In the course of his career he has taught courses in government and geography as well as history. His areas of research and instruction include Mexican History, U.S.-Mexico Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History, Border History, and Brownsville/Matamoros History. He has co-authored and co-edited 12 books on local and border history in addition to numerous articles. Dr. Knopp currently serves on the Brownsville Historical Association Board of Directors.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Hydrology and Waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with Dr. Jude Benavides (UTRGV Professor)

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our second speaker in our “Water Talk'' series, Jude Benavides, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Dr. Benavides will discuss the major hydrologic systems and waterways of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Topics such as water transport, supply, flooding, quality and environmental function will be highlighted during his lecture. The varied and important roles that resacas and ox-bows play in Cameron County and Brownsville, as well as northeastern Mexico, will also be included.

 

ABOUT MR. BENAVIDES:

Dr. Jude Benavides has a PhD and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Benavides has 15 years of academic experience in hydrology / water resources; he is also an Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 years; 20 years in environmental engineering consulting; 12 years of U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). His research specialization is in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Weather and Texas Policy with Carlos Rubinstein (Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our “Water Talk” series with Carlos Rubinstein, Principal Member of RSAH20, LLC. The climate of Texas makes the state particularly susceptible to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. Weather events over the past 150 years have resulted in policy changes at the state and federal level that have helped prepare for, respond to, and prevent weather disasters. Many of these efforts have been successful; however, continuous planning and improvement will be necessary to meet the needs of the growing population. Mr. Rubinstein will speak about how recent droughts and floods have demonstrated that traditional infrastructure must work in tandem with early forecasting and warning systems, which will require effective policies at both the state and federal level to support them along with citizen engagement.

 

ABOUT MR. RUBINSTEIN:

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with strong emphasis on water issues. Rubinstein has served as an expert witness on various environmental cases and has published several peer-reviewed articles on Texas water policy matters. He has over 38 years experience in state and municipal management and regulation having served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and City Manager of Brownsville, Texas. Rubinstein's experience includes a strong emphasis in water management, water resources, international water treaties, water quality, environmental enforcement and compliance issues as well as waste management.

 

 

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Join us for our last “Water Talk'' session with Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. Mr. Mariscal’s presentation will discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

ABOUT MR. MARISCAL:

Rene Mariscal is a Rio Grande Valley native (Harlingen). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Mr. Mariscal is currently the Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). He has served as the Water Resource Manager since his appointment in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Environmental Manager for BPUB for approximately 6 years. He has been with BPUB for nearly 20 years. Prior to BPUB he worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen offices.

 

 

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled 4programs and the exhibit on display through Kahoot! Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information.

 

 

Port of Brownsville Boat Tour

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 4PM (Please arrive by 3:15PM for check-in)

Where: Port of Brownsville

1000 Capt Donald L. Foust Rd

Brownsville, TX 78526

 

The BHA have developed the "Water/Ways Passport Program"; a card that you pick up at the Historic Alonso building. Once completed, you may enter into a raffle for a gift basket and/or a seat on the Port of Brownsville boat tour slated for November 4th.  The tour has limited seated and is available to passport program winners and BHA members only.

 

When visiting one of the programs listed on the "passport" card, you will receive a stamp. To ready the passport for submission, you must attend three events (receive three stamps). Completed passports must be submitted in-person to BHA staff at the Alonso building by 4PM on October 26, 2021.

 

A special raffle drawing posted on Facebook on October 27th will choose the lucky “passport holders”. Winners will be notified by phone on October 28, 2021. Those who do not claim their prize will lose their seat on the boat tour.

 

Join us for our final Water/Ways exhibit program! Our last event is a special boat tour as we also celebrate the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary. We will learn about the history of the Port and what makes it significant today.

 

The tour will provide visitors a viewing of the Port of Brownsville turning basin and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Port administrative offices.

 

A limited number of seats have been reserved for BHA members only and those who have completed the BHA Water/Ways “Passport Program”. Reservations required for ALL attendees.

 

BHA members: Please call 956-548-1313 for a reservation. You must be a current, paid member. Reservation made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Other Visitors: Once you have completed the Water/Ways Passport, please deliver it to the Historic Brownsville Museum by Oct. 26. A special raffle drawing will choose “passport winners” on Facebook and folks will be notified by phone on Oct. 28th.

 

For more detailed information about Water/Ways’ programs, call 956-548-1313 and visit our social media platforms or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

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