Chamizal National Memorial

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Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/digital/social-media.htm The Chamizal Convention of 1963 was a milestone in diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States. Chamizal National Memorial was established to commemorate this treaty, which resulted in the harmonious settlement of a century-long boundary dispute. The Memorial provides visitors with an opportunity to better understand the culture of our borderland. The Cultural Center is open 10 am - 5 pm every day of the week and one hour before a scheduled evening performance. The administrative offices are open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and closed on federal holidays. The park grounds are open 7 am - 10 pm. Park grounds and offices are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Today, we join with Women's Vote 100 in commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment by virtually illuminat...
08/26/2020

Today, we join with Women's Vote 100 in commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment by virtually illuminating our cultural center in purple and gold. Did all US women win the vote with the 19th Amendment? Here in El Paso, Maude Evangeline Craig Sampson Williams (https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwiwi) taught at the Frederick Douglass School, served as vice president of the NAACP, and founded the El Paso Negro Woman's Civic and Enfranchisement League. On June 28, 1919, Texas became the first southern state to ratify the 19th Amendment (https://go.nps.gov/42aebu). In 1923, the Texas Legislature passed a law preventing African Americans from participating in the Democratic Party primary. It took years of litigation to upend the “white primary” in Texas. How can we build on the successes of the past to co-create a culture of increased participation in our self-government? #ForwardIntoLight #NPS19th - RMS

“Our League did not hold meetings for about 2 mos. owing to the ‘flu’ epidemic.” These resonating words are from a lette...
08/25/2020
University of Houston Digital Library: Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers: Letter from Belle C. Critchett to Minnie Fisher Cunningham, sending Christmas and New Year wishes

“Our League did not hold meetings for about 2 mos. owing to the ‘flu’ epidemic.” These resonating words are from a letter written by Belle Critchett of the El Paso Equal Franchise League in a December 1918 letter to Minnie Fisher Cunningham, president of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. What lessons might the influenza pandemic and the struggle to win “votes for women” 100 years ago provide us today? #NPS19th – RMS https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll33/item/536/show/534

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In July 1918, two years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Belle Critchett was President of the El Paso Equa...
08/24/2020
Letters regarding African American suffrage organization | Bullock Texas State History Museum

In July 1918, two years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Belle Critchett was President of the El Paso Equal Franchise League. At least twice members of Critchett’s league, consisting of white women working to win women’s right to vote, met and collaborated with Maude Sampsons’ El Paso Negro Woman's Civic and Enfranchisement League. Ms. Sampson, who lived just a few blocks from the disputed Chamizal tract, sought affiliation with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWA). At the time, the NAWA left the question of the membership of African American women in the national organization to state associations. Texas Equal Suffrage Association was not prepared to admit an African American group to the statewide association. Does this information change your perception of the suffrage movement in the borderlands? #NPS19th - RMS https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/artifacts/letters-african-american-suffrage-organization-spotlight-9-1-19

African American women eagerly sought the ballot to empower black communities. They campaigned through their own clubs because their participation in the mainstream movement was not welcomed by the Anglo-led suffrage associations. This series of letters details how an African American club in El Pas...

August 26 marks the 100th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. Who were the women in the borderlands ...
08/23/2020
Texas and the 19th Amendment (U.S. National Park Service)

August 26 marks the 100th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. Who were the women in the borderlands involved in the fight to win women the right to vote? Over the next four days, we’ll spotlight a few of the many women who helped reshape the culture of voting on the US side of our international boundary. As early as 1911, Jovita Idár (https://www.nps.gov/articles/texas-women-s-history.htm) began writing in support of Women’s Suffrage in "La Crónica", her family’s Laredo, Texas newspaper. She also became president of La Liga Femenil Mexicanista. Do you know of any efforts by Mexican American women in the neighborhoods impacted by the Chamizal treaty? #NPS19th - RMS

08/05/2020
Restoring Our Parks

To celebrate the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act yesterday, you can enter national parks for free today! Find out more about this legislation to fund infrastructure projects at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/legal/great-american-outdoors-act.htm
Chamizal National Memorial has recently completed several updates in our cultural center and theater (not related to the new legislation), and you may soon see our maintenance staff installing benches near the new solar lights!
Before visiting a park, be sure to check availability of facilities and services, and always #RecreateResponsibly.

NEW! We have added several new online activities for kids. Become a Chamizal Virtual Ranger. Play an online board game. ...
08/04/2020

NEW! We have added several new online activities for kids. Become a Chamizal Virtual Ranger. Play an online board game. Print and color (or digitally color) Chami, our spotted ground squirrel mascot. All of these new activities are linked from our home page: nps.gov/chamizal
And don't forget to check out our new virtual exhibit too!

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07/31/2020

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#WorldRangerDay honors rangers around the world who work to preserve and protect important natural and cultural places. It's also a day to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives serving on the front line protecting the environment around them. Rangers work under varying conditions and in varying positions with some being faced with difficult and dangerous tasks. They are key protectors of parks and conservation. This is done through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, research, interpretation, and in many other ways.

Learn more about ranger careers at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/workwithus.htm

Happy anniversary to all the past, present, and future VIPs (Volunteers-In-Parks) of Chamizal National Memorial! Today i...
07/29/2020

Happy anniversary to all the past, present, and future VIPs (Volunteers-In-Parks) of Chamizal National Memorial! Today is the 50th anniversary of Public Law 91-357 that enabled the Volunteers-In-Parks program within the National Park Service. We miss all of you and look forward to safely seeing you soon. Please share your experiences with us. Thank you for your service! #NPSVolunteer - RMS

How are #BuffaloSoldiers a part of our borderland heritage? There are at least two Buffalo Soldiers memorials within six...
07/28/2020
Buffalo Soldiers (U.S. National Park Service)

How are #BuffaloSoldiers a part of our borderland heritage? There are at least two Buffalo Soldiers memorials within six miles of Chamizal National Memorial. Today, Buffalo Soldiers Day, provides the opportunity to acknowledge the service and contributions of African Americans in the borderlands immediately following the Civil War and beyond. It also challenges us to confront the reality of our federal government’s role in the treatment of Indigenous peoples. Our uncomfortable history remains part of our heritage. How do we best acknowledge that discomfort while striving to inspire social consciousness and build community? https://www.nps.gov/subjects/buffalosoldiers/index.htm https://texasmountaintrail.com/plan-your-adventure/themes/main-buffalo-soldiers - RMS

They joined for a better life and to fight for their country. They served valiantly on foreign battlefields and in the face of egregious racism at home. Explore the places throughout the country that these African American men known as the Buffalo Soldiers helped build, protect and operate. Immerse....

57 years ago today, many people were talking about a recent announcement: a solution to the Chamizal issue had been reac...
07/22/2020
Conflict | Resolution - Chamizal National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

57 years ago today, many people were talking about a recent announcement: a solution to the Chamizal issue had been reached! Today we have an announcement that, we hope, will get you talking as well: a new virtual exhibit on our website! Move at your own pace through the pages to experience a history with surprising relevance to today's issues. Add your voice and tell us what you think, either here or on each page of the virtual exhibit.
National Park Service #FindYourPark #FindYourVirtualPark https://www.nps.gov/cham/learn/historyculture/conflict-resolution.htm

For decades, this place stood at the center of an international boundary dispute. After nearly a century of conflict, diplomacy prevailed. Negotiation preserved goodwill between countries that once had been at war. The resolution came at a cost, disrupting people, the land, and the river that shaped...

Chamizal National Memorial's cover photo
07/10/2020

Chamizal National Memorial's cover photo

106 degrees! 🥵 That's the high temperature for today, and it will be well over 100 degrees throughout the next week in t...
07/09/2020

106 degrees! 🥵 That's the high temperature for today, and it will be well over 100 degrees throughout the next week in the Sun City. Plan for the weather before you visit by checking https://www.nps.gov/cham/planyourvisit/safety.htm.

Due to closures of certain areas of the park, access to drinking fountains is limited, so bring plenty of water. Even in an urban park, it is important to #RecreateResponsibly. Do you know what the 10 Essentials are? Find out more at: https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm

We wish you a happy and healthy July 4th celebration! For the health and safety of our visitors and staff and to support...
07/03/2020

We wish you a happy and healthy July 4th celebration! For the health and safety of our visitors and staff and to support local Independence Day celebration restrictions intended to contain the spike in COVID-19 cases, the park grounds will be closed tomorrow, July 4th. Grounds and outdoor restrooms will open again on Sunday, July 5th.

58 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was in the middle of the visit with President Adolfo López Mateos in Mexic...
06/30/2020

58 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was in the middle of the visit with President Adolfo López Mateos in Mexico City that would finally lead to the settlement of the Chamizal dispute that had been a thorn in the US-Mexico relationship for almost 100 years. Today is also the day that--just 4 years after that visit--Congress authorized the establishment of Chamizal National Memorial to "...commemorate the harmonious settlement of the longstanding boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico concerning the Chamizal...." On our birthday, tell us about your favorite experience at the park!

What does the 155th anniversary of #Juneteenth mean to you? (https://www.nps.gov/articles/juneteenth-origins.htm). Linco...
06/19/2020
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom (U.S. National Park Service)

What does the 155th anniversary of #Juneteenth mean to you? (https://www.nps.gov/articles/juneteenth-origins.htm). Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed all people enslaved within most of the Confederacy as of January 1, 1863. However, it was not until June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth) that the Union military could enforce this proclamation in Texas. By the late 1930s, at least five formerly enslaved women were living within one to two miles of where Chamizal National Memorial stands today. Elvira Boles, Rosa Washington, Sara Allen, Mother Anne Clark, and Hagar Lewis were interviewed as part of the Federal Writers Project (https://www.loc.gov/collections/slave-narratives-from-the-federal-writers-project-1936-to-1938/about-this-collection/). These interviews must be examined with the knowledge of how the race of the interviewers (often white women), the context of segregation, and the Great Depression influenced them. The interviewers did not necessarily write down exactly what each woman said. With this in mind, Elvira Boles related how during the last year of the Civil War she was taken from Mississippi to Texas by her enslaver in order to keep her in bondage. She further shared that she was free and didn’t know it until the people in Texas told her she was free on Juneteenth. She was then set free “without a penny”. #AfricanAmericanHeritage - RMS

Happy Flag Day and United States Army birthday! Here at the Chamizal National Memorial we are honored to have Army veter...
06/14/2020

Happy Flag Day and United States Army birthday! Here at the Chamizal National Memorial we are honored to have Army veteran Art García raise our flag today.

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Image: Male park ranger wearing uniform and holding American flag outside.

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #AmericanMilitary #FlagDay #ArmyBirthday

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/military/index.htm

Chamizal National Memorial is happy to celebrate pride month with the El Paso and Juarez bi-national communities. The Na...
06/12/2020
LGBTQ Heritage Featured Parks - Telling All Americans' Stories (U.S. National Park Service)

Chamizal National Memorial is happy to celebrate pride month with the El Paso and Juarez bi-national communities. The National Park Service has a proud legacy of story telling. Chamizal National Memorial is committed to sharing the diversity of Americans. Here’s a link to more information about how the National Park Service works to include members of the LGBTQ community. Happy Pride Month and cheers to being you! #MapYourJourney #NPS #LGBTQ
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/lgbtqparks.htm

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. Find a few of those stories h...

The gates are open today at Chamizal National Memorial! Before you visit, be sure to check our current conditions for up...
06/11/2020
Alerts & Conditions - Chamizal National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

The gates are open today at Chamizal National Memorial! Before you visit, be sure to check our current conditions for up-to-date information about access and services available. #RecreateResponsibly
https://www.nps.gov/cham/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:

It's #NationalIcedTeaDay! Although Texas doesn't have an official state beverage, iced tea is certainly a popular refres...
06/10/2020

It's #NationalIcedTeaDay! Although Texas doesn't have an official state beverage, iced tea is certainly a popular refreshment here, especially as things start to heat up in June. Here along the border there are so many choices for refreshing summer drinks. Chamizal National Memorial celebrates that richness of culture shared from both sides of the US-Mexico border. What is your favorite summer refreshment? Iced tea? Lemonade? Jamaica? Horchata? Tell us! Even better, share a recipe!

Chamizal National Memorial grounds will open tomorrow. We invite you to #RecreateResponsibly. Keep in mind current healt...
06/10/2020

Chamizal National Memorial grounds will open tomorrow. We invite you to #RecreateResponsibly. Keep in mind current health guidance as well as usual summertime safety. Don't forget to check the park's Current Conditions web page for more information about access and available services before you come!

#NationalTrailsDay aims to inspire us to value public lands. We encourage you to #RecreateResponsibly as you explore nat...
06/06/2020
National Trails Day - National Trails System (U.S. National Park Service)

#NationalTrailsDay aims to inspire us to value public lands. We encourage you to #RecreateResponsibly as you explore nature and historic trails in your community. Staying updated on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and following Leave No Trace principles when you visit helps preserve America's national treasures. What are some of your favorite trails to hike here in El Paso? https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationaltrailssystem/national-trails-day.htm

Content about National Trails Day and Events.

Chamizal National Memorial stands as a reminder of what goodwill and cooperation can accomplish by providing an avenue f...
06/03/2020

Chamizal National Memorial stands as a reminder of what goodwill and cooperation can accomplish by providing an avenue for understanding and enrichment to transcend barriers of race, ethnicity, and language.

Did you watch today as astronauts launched from US soil for the first time since 2011? We also excitedly followed the NA...
05/30/2020

Did you watch today as astronauts launched from US soil for the first time since 2011? We also excitedly followed the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration live broadcast showing the beginning of a new era of international space exploration! We could see greetings and warm wishes from people around the world as the comments scrolled by. The world was also holding its breath in anticipation almost 60 years ago as each new manned space flight broke through barriers of gravity and knowledge. One congratulatory message at that time was sent to President Kennedy from Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos after the Aurora 7 mission. He also wanted to thank astronaut Scott Carpenter for his greeting (in Spanish) to the people of Mexico from orbit! Just a month later, the same two presidents would meet in Mexico City and begin to break down another kind of barrier: the diplomatic stalemate caused by decades of dispute over El Chamizal. It wasn't rocket science, and yet dozens of presidents had been unable to bring their governments into agreement. So today and every day, this national memorial celebrates the monumental success of the Chamizal Convention and the international goodwill that made it possible.

The entire text of the message to President Kennedy from President Lopez Mateos on May 25, 1962:

The government and people of Mexico learned with great satisfaction of the successful space flight made yesterday by Commander Malcolm Scott Carpenter, and they were likewise gratified at the greeting which he sent to the Mexican people through the tracking station at Guaymas. On the occasion of this new conquest of Space by man for the benefit of science, I take pleasure in sending you my warmest congratulations, and I respectfully request that you convey them to Commander Malcolm Scott Carpenter. I renew to Your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration and personal friendship.
Adolfo López Mateos, President of the United Mexican States

#LaunchAmerica #Space #Kennedy

05/29/2020
The staff of the memorial participated in-house recording sessions

Historical societies are celebrating important places that safeguard our nation's heritage this month. At Chamizal National Memorial, we are peeling back the layers of our site to share the untold stories of the objects in our new museum exhibit.

The staff of the memorial participated in in-house recording sessions to read quotes found in newspaper articles and letters from different people who lived through the century-long international boundary dispute. We hope the passages in English and Spanish will give museumgoers an engaging multilingual experience. Chief Ranger Jose Valdez shared his thought about recording quotes from President John F. Kennedy translated into Spanish "I enjoyed recording my voice to bring to life President Kennedy's remarks and preserve the Chamizal history." Visitors will hear the recording on listening stations throughout the museum. Here is a sneak peek of Ranger Valdez reciting President Kennedy in Spanish.
#NationalPreservationMonth #NPS #ELPasoTX #HistoricEvents #NewMuseumExhibit -CCS

Video description: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy during their visit to Mexico in 1962. Recording of Chief Ranger Jose Valdez playing in the background.

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The Chamizal Convention of 1963 was a milestone in diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States. Chamizal National Memorial was established to commemorate this treaty, which resulted in the settlement of a century-long boundary dispute. The Memorial provides visitors with an opportunity to better understand the culture of our borderland. The Cultural Center is open 10 am - 5 pm every day of the week and one hour before a scheduled evening performance. The administrative offices are open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and closed on federal holidays. The park grounds are open 7 am - 10 pm. Park grounds and offices are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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I understand the visitor center/information desk hasn't reopened yet. I've looked here as well as on your site at https://www.nps.gov/cham/index.htm for this information... sorry if I missed it! Is there a place where a visitor to Chamizal NM can get their "Passport to Your National Parks" book stamped? Must be a common question!
THIS SITE NEEDS PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL MAPS OF LAND TAKEN BY THE SETTLEMENT. RIO LINDA SUB DIVISION ALL THE WAY TO 1OTH STREET. ANYBODY KNOW WHY THERE ARE NO CITY ROAD MAPS OF EL PASO FROM THE LATE 50s AND 60s ?
I could have sworn that you guys used to have a lesson plan about cultural norms. It was a simulation where there were mountain people and valley people and they had to act according to certain rules and mingle together. I couldn't find this resource on your website. Any ideas? Hopefully I don't sound crazy, but I could have sworn it was your site I found it on before!
Will you be hosting the jr ranger camp again this summer? if so do you have the dates yet? thanks in advance!!!
My daughter was super excited to meet a REAL Ranger at the Grocery store last night! She wears her Jr Ranger vest everywhere- and it was awesome to get to interact with this Ranger! Thank you for always being willing to talk (even when off duty) and for showing my little girl that dreams really can come true!
Thank you for hosting the USATF Junior Olympic Region 10 Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 18th. I know this is a long shot but worth reaching out to see if anyone found my daughter's pink "Suck it Up Buttercup" headband. She lost it during her race. Here is a picture of what it looks like and the location it possibly fell off her head. I'm hoping someone from the meet turned it in. If found I can message our mailing address.
New Continuing Education Dance class starting this Saturday, September 9th at EPCC (www.epcc.edu/ce). Register at any campus - course number 14269 less than $5 per class.
Thankyou so much for all you did for our kids! The girls said you were so sweet Claudia!
Amazing workers at camp arrowhead!!! Thankyou and good luck Esperanza!