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The Museum of South Texas History will host a Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation on the 1910 Jail

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Pony Allen, an exhibit designer from Austin, Texas, worked on the development installation of the 1910 Jail exhibits.
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EDINBURG, Texas — The city-block complex of the Museum of South Texas History was once housed in the 1910 Jail, an artifact that has captured the attention and curiosity of the community. The jail, which was closed between 2012 and 2020, is the oldest standing historic structure in the city of Edinburg. It will open sometime in 2021 with all-new permanent and temporary exhibits. Hear more about the renovation of the building and installation of the exhibits during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “The 1910 Jail: Behind the Scenes,” at 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 on Facebook Live.

The museum closed the 1910 Jail building to the public in 2012 due to structural problems. After a successful capital campaign, Austin-based Pony Allen Studios was hired to assist museum staff design, construct and install the new exhibits such as “The 1910 Jail: An Arresting Artifact” and “Faces de la Frontera.” During the presentation, viewers will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at exhibit development that feature hidden treasures.

A sneak peek of Faces de la Frontera, a temporary exhibit on the residents of Edinburg and surrounding communities in the early 20th century.

Pony Allen, owner of Pony Allen Studios, is a museum exhibition designer with more than 25 years of experience in museum exhibition development, design and lighting, and project management. Pony Allen Studios specializes in creating engaging exhibits that inspire learning and enjoyment for visitors.

The presentation will broadcast at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Viewers are encouraged to interact with panelists by posting comments and questions on the live feed. The presentation will also be recorded and posted for public access on the museum’s website at mosthistory.org.

A sneak peek of the 1910 Jail exhibit design, which is bilingual and covers the history and purpose of the jail.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.

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