If you have any interest in researching your genealogical roots, you have arrived at the right place. History buffs and curiosity seekers can spend an engaging morning or afternoon any Tuesday through Saturday at the McAllen Heritage Center, which opened in 2008 on South Main Street in downtown McAllen.
The center has become a first-class facility for research. On display for the public to enjoy are a number of thought-provoking exhibits and research tools that detail McAllen's long-documented history. Specifically, the McAllen Heritage Center features works of art, documents, pictures, records and books that can help a visitor better understand the development of the area's culture.
The hours of operation for MHC are 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A number of projects are being planned in the future for the center, including a Traveling Trunks exhibit for schoolteachers to assist them in teaching about McAllen's history.
The center also plans to introduce art classes for children of all ages. MHC already plays a big part in the annual Palmfest, which is the city of McAllen's grand folklife festival that takes place for two days in October. Although the festival occurs primarily at the McAllen Convention Center, the Heritage Center hosts many exhibits and events during the celebration, including a Valley Rails railroad display, cultural demonstrations and artisans at work, and sales of historical and collectible items related to McAllen's heritage.