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Decorate a Calaverita or Create Papel Picado Art with MOSTHistory

EDINBURG — Get your creativity working during “Día de los Muertos Craft Day: Calaveritas y Papel Picado,” a two-session workshop to broadcast live on Monday, Oct. 26, through the Museum of South Texas History’s Facebook page. Calaveritas, or sugar skulls, are a traditional altar offering during Día de los Muertos. Staff member Anna Garrigos-Hervert will discuss the origins of calaveritas, their tradition and iconography, and transformation over time to become a staple of a Día de los Muertos altar. This bilingual presentation is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Facebook Live, which can be found at Viewers can follow along and decorate a sugar skull with museum staff in the comfort of their own home with a Sugar Skull Kit, which can be picked up curbside at the museum located 200 N. Clonser Blvd. in Edinburg Saturday, Oct. 24. As part of FRIENDship benefits, FRIENDS of MOSTHistory can pick up a kit between 10 a.m. and noon. Families can pick up a kit from noon to 2 p.m., while supplies last. Each kit will include four sugar skulls and decorating materials generously provided by H-E-B. Papel picado, a delicate and paper-based folk art, is part of typical Mexican and Central American celebrations. Staff member René Ballesteros will cover the origins of papel picado in the Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, as well as discuss the craftsmanship of papel picado art. Viewers can follow along by printing the museum’s papel picado template at This bilingual session will broadcast at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. Both craft sessions will broadcast on Facebook Live and be recorded to view afterward. Guests can watch the recordings on Facebook, Instagram TV and the museum’s YouTube channel. For more information on becoming a FRIEND, please contact Melissa Peña at mjpeñ or call 956-383-6911. For more information about Día de los Muertos virtual programming, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911. About Museum of South Texas History The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. 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 ...

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