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Special Collections & University Archives: Events & Exhibits
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May is National Preservation Month with the purpose of promoting historic places and heritage tourism. This year's theme is People Saving Places was selected in appreciation of "historic place-savers...[who, put their] time, energy, and resources into protecting places they care about, often without recognition."
"Preserving Our Past: People Saving Places" is a digital exhibit designed to draw attention to the cultural resources of the Rio Grande Valley using University Library digital platforms and Special Collections & Archives (SCA) resources. Materials from our photographs, maps, and archival collections along with those from external resources have been compiled for the historic places and spaces from Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties.
"There's a poem in this place" is a line by Amanda Gorman that not only inspired the 2022 national poster design, but also this poster exhibit which highlights the works of our regional poets. Each UTRGV Special Collections & Archives staff member designed two posters inspired by select Rio Grande Valley poems.
Ahead of each Fall semester, Special Collections & University Archives showcases materials from the University Archives collections with the intention of raising awareness of the unique history and legacy of UTRGV. It is our goal that such exhibits inform and inspire the University community.
For Fall 2021, "University Archives: Looking back, honoring legacy" was on exhibit at the University Library in Brownsville and Edinburg from August 16 to September 17, 2021.
The exhibit highlighted specific aspects of UTRGV legacy, including former institutions, notable alumni, college and university presidents, and coaches.
John H. Shary and the Citrus Industry of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
This exhibition is presented by Special Collections & Archives to highlight the John H. Shary Collection. It focuses on how one man’s dream of building a citrus empire helped stimulate the rapid growth of the Rio Grande Valley’s economy and develop the “Magic Valley” into a reality.
The digital exhibit features photographs and documents relating to the Shary family and the development of the Valley's citrus industry.