The Museo del Westside is dedicated to preserving and presenting the unique history, heritage, culture, pride, work ethic, and diverse experiences of la gente del Westside to increase understanding and appreciation by building and strengthening knowledge of the Westside to create a more vibrant future for our community.
The Museo will collect, conserve, research, communicate, and exhibit the tangible and intangible heritage of the historic Westside. As a community participatory museum, the museum will invite the community to participate in developing the museum’s exhibits and programs.
This structure began with the southern wooden half of the building, which dates to the 1930s. Originally a residence, around 1950, it became the M & E Grocery Store operated by Manuel and Elida Reyes. About 1959, Mr. Reyes added the concrete block addition where he operated Ruben’s Ice House, a longtime community gathering space that closed in 1987. Twenty years later, Esperanza acquired Ruben’s Ice House with the support of the Reyes children.
If you would like to help support the Museo del Westside, please contact [email protected] or call 210-228-0201.