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20130712 MHM MissionHistoricalMuseum-LandscapeProjectCompletedMISSION—Mission Historical Museum will hold a ribbon cutting for its completed landscape project on July 19, at 9 a.m. The community is invited to the event at the museum located at 900 Doherty Avenue.

“We are excited to present our latest accomplishment to the community and those who helped bring this project to fruition,” said Luis Contreras, museum director.  “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mission Historical Museum marks the launch toward a new identity for the museum.”

Construction on the $250,000 landscape project started in late February. The first phase of the project covered demolition, fencing around the museum and hardscape work.

New parking spaces were added to the property on Doherty Street in front of the museum, along with ramp accesses at the front of the building. Phase two included all landscape work. The former parking lot between the museum annex and the museum has been transformed to a grassy area for events and activity stations.

The museum staff will be joined by the Mission City Council, Mission Historical Museum Board and Mayor Beto Salinas for the ribbon cutting. The ceremony will begin with a brief program, followed by refreshments at the museum annex building. Two exhibits will be available to view: Mission, Texas, Then and Now and Borderlands: The Heritage of the Lower Rio Grande Through the Art of José Cisneros.

The museum is housed in the John Shary Building built in 1939, which is registered as a Texas Historic Landmark.

The Mission Historical Museum hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public.  For more information call the museum at 580-8646.

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