SPI Historical Foundation Asks Public for Help

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For some a picture is worth a thousand words… for the South Padre Island Historical Foundation, a picture can help shape a story.  Now you can help the historical museum.

There was a time when the roads were made of dirt, and before that the only way to reach the island was through ferry. In fact, there was even a time when warships were sunk nearby. Yet, all of these memories are either not well known or preserved only by photograph.

Today, the s-p-i historical foundation has a proposal to increase their archives.

Historian Steve Hathcock says, “We’re looking for photos of things, photos of artifacts to go into the museum.”

The request is simple, if you or someone you know has a picture of the city between now and the past that you would like to have archived, reach Steve Hathcock at steve@southpadretv.tv. The contents of the picture ask for images of a place or landmark.

“We’re looking for the mundane, or the unusual,” says Hathcock, “The mundane, for instance, if there was a picture of my house from 1980. I’d like to see what other buildings were around it at the time.”

A lot can happen in a few years. Small changes add up over time. Who knows? Maybe in the next decade one area may look completely different.

“We’re able to do something a lot of towns aren’t able to do, in that we still have the original people with their memories and their collections,” says Hathcock.

Because the town was settled in the 60’s, valley residents that first visited the communities are likely to be around today.

Images donated will be scanned and returned to their respective owners. Those interested in donating must be the original owner of the photographs.

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