Mission Historical Museum Director 

Luis D. Contreras, II


Luis D. Contreras, II received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2004. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Work Experience 

Contreras began his museum field experience with the City of Mission back in 2006 when he worked as the Archivist/Curator. In 2008, he became the executive director of the Weslaco Museum of Local History and Cultural Art. Since 2006, Contreras has also been involved with the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College as an Arts Instructor. In August of 2012, he returned to the City of Mission as Director of the Mission Historical Museum where he manages two facilities and supervises the daily operations, while implementing the strategic plans set forth by the Museum’s board of directors.

Contreras is Vice-President of the Troquero Hall of Fame organization he supported in starting alongside Weslaco community leaders and was recently named to the Texas Association of Museum’s state board of directors. He is also a graduate of Leadership Mission, Class XXXI.

Contreras is a strong advocate for professionalism, teamwork, innovation, donor focus, diversity, transparency, efficiency, and excellence.


The Mission Historical Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which first opened its doors in 2002, and serves the community of Mission and visitors to the area. The Museum maintains both long-term and temporary exhibits, and presents a variety of events and programs for all ages.

The Museum is housed in two historic buildings in downtown Mission. The Shary Building, which carries a Texas historical marker, was built by Valley pioneer John H. Shary in 1939, and housed his business offices until purchased by the City of Mission in 1960. The structure was transformed into a museum after serving as Mission’s City Hall for many years. The Post Office building was built in 1940. It houses an original WPA mural, the only one still existing in the Valley. A new landscape project was completed in

Summer 2013 to link the two buildings and provide outdoor performance space.

Mission Statement 

To collect, preserve, exhibit and promote the history and cultural heritage of Mission and it’s environ communities.

Vision Statement 

Preserving the past to enlighten the future.

Mission Historical Museum Board of Directors 

Pete Jaramilldo, Chairman of the Board; Gen Long, Chair-Elect; Lucy Sisniegas, Vice Chair; Hiram Burguete, Treasurer; Dorothy Prukop, Secretary; Anne Whitfield, Parliamentarian; Rocky Austin, Board Director; Amancio Chapa, Jr., Board Director

The MHM board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of the organization, and act on behalf of the Museum’s membership.

  • Primary duties of the directors include:
  • Provide direction for the organization
  • Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and objectives;
  • Ensuring and sustaining the availability of adequate financial resources;
  • Approving annual budgets;
  • Establishing relationships and accounting to the stakeholders for the organization’s performance

Contact Us 

900 Doherty Ave.
Mission, TX 78572

Tel. (956)580-8646
Fax (956)580-8733

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Musesum Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Mission Historical Museum Staff 

Membership and Business Development
Linda Castañeda

Administrative Clerk
Maria Picazo

Vernon Weckbacher

Public Programs Coordinator
Lisa Price

Visitor Services Clerk
Chelsea Sandoval

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