Talk Looks at RGV History Through Architecture

Local photographer and writer to discuss new publication

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Talk Looks at RGV History Through Architecture

“Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History”There are several ways one can imagine life 100 years ago and one of those ways is looking at historic buildings. The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico, welcomes Deval “Pino” Shah and Eileen Mattei Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. as they present “Lower Rio Grande Valley History Through Architecture.”

Pino Shah is a world heritage photographer based out of McAllen and Ahmedabad, India, who was also the focus of “Second Career Helps Save Buildings” in the January 2018 edition of Valley Business Report. His talk will focus on his comprehensive effort to create a photographic database on the architecture of the Lower RGV. Shah will display images while also sharing his approach to photographing 570 buildings for the project.

Photographer Pino (Deval) Shah (Courtesy)
Photographer Pino (Deval) Shah (Courtesy)

Additionally, Shah will outline progress to date and discuss the planned application of this project’s efforts. He will also present three of his other books based on the Valley’s history through architecture.

Freelance writer Eileen Mattei currently writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways and other magazines. The former Valley Business Report editor is the author of “At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years” and “Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years,” as well as “For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Eileen Mattei
Eileen Mattei

Shah will take pre-orders afterwards for “Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History.” His “Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction” will also be available in the Museum Store.

The presentation is part of the museum’s Sunday Speakers Series, which is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum receive free admission as a benefit of FRIENDship.

For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org or call or call 956-383-6911.

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