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Join us for a special screening of the original film ‘She Came to the Valley’ at The Historic Border Theater.


The Mission Historical Museum presents Mission Historical ICON: The Life of Dr. Cleo Dawson-Smith. Join us on Friday, January 30, 2015, for a special presentation of a historical figure by the people who shared her life and friendship.

Cleo Dawson came to south Texas as a small child by covered wagon. With her family she helped to build a town beside the railroad where a trail from the Rio Grande crossed the track–a town newly named Mission. This was back in the very early 1900’s and long before Mission was incorporated into a city.

She was an author, well read and widely published. One of her most successful endeavors, `She Came To The Valley,’ a tribute to her pioneer family’s contribution to the growth of the lower Rio Grande Valley, became a movie. The true story dealt with the formation of the city of Mission, the border raids by Mexican bandits, the arrival of the United States soldiers, and her mother’s life in what was truly a frontier town.

A special screening by visual impact screens in Atlanta of the original film She Came to the Valley will be shown at The Historic Border Theater in Mission at 1:00 p.m. with a special reception and exhibit opening to follow at the Mission Historical Museum at 4:00 pm.

Register at the Museum and receive a FREE ticket to the screening of “She Came to the Valley” at the historic Border Theater. Only one ticket, per individual, will be given out. Museum will not reserve tickets ahead of the event. Tickets can be picked up at the Museum starting January 19th.

For more information on the event, please contact the Museum office at 956-580-8646, or visit our website at

Thank you to our sponsors and contributors: Fannee Hilander Indian Summer Productions, City of Mission, County of Hidalgo, TEXAN Guest Ranch, MAE Power Equipment, Bell’s Farm to Market, Inc., Riverside Club, FOY’s Supermarket, Hollis Rutledge and Associates, Tim W. Brann, D.D.S.