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Sunday Speaker Series Presents Mexican American Remedies and Healings with Kathy Castro

Rio Grande Valley native to present on May 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.


The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Kathy Castro as she presents “Mystic Remedies and Healings From the Kitchens and Gardens of South Texas.” A Rio Grande Valley native, Castro’s talk will focus on remedies and healings grown in her garden and made from natural ingredients in her kitchen for health, happiness, good fortune and love. The presentation will include a display with a variety of samples and conclude with a question and answer session.

Traditional Treatments for Health, Happiness and Love

Traditionally, home remedies were created from herbs and common kitchen ingredients and were used to treat common aches, pains and illnesses. Unlike modern medicine, each type of herb was thought to relieve a wide range of health problems and was readily available as they were indigenous to the area. These homemade natural remedies and healings were passed down from generation to generation, such as in Castro’s family. An Edinburg local, Castro has become skilled in home remedies and healings known to South Texas and used historically for many years. Her presentation will concentrate on remedies known in the Rio Grande Valley and other Mexican American traditions passed from generations of mothers to daughters. Audience members will learn the historical purpose of these natural ingredients and how they were used.

Castro, along with her sister, Stephanie Salazar, may be familiar faces as they have exhibited at MOSTHistory events such as Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Together, they have sold traditional homemade natural remedies and other natural products such as soaps and herbs for tea. Ingredients you might find in Castro’s remedies and healings include oils, stones, salts and other natural elements from the earth. Attendees at this presentation will be able to see, touch and smell a variety of Castro’s products including soaps, candles and herbs. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Castro is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

About Museum of South Texas History

The Museum of South Texas History is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. More information about the museum, including becoming a FRIEND, is available at www.mosthistory.org or by calling +1-956-383-6911.

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