El Paso Museum of History

El Paso Museum of History El Paso Museum of History- our museum is FREE and open to the public. The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors.

It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as The Pass of the North. Through exhibits and programs, the Museum involves diverse audiences in exploring varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past and reflect on their own place in history.

Operating as usual

01/08/2022

TUNE IN! 📻⚡️
Our Director will be a featured guest on the El Paso History Radio Show (KTSM AM 690) tomorrow Saturday, January 8th talking about some of the history of Segundo Barrio, and some precursors to the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in El Paso.

A live-stream of the talk can be viewed here: Facebook.com/ElPasoHistoryRadioShow.

12/23/2021

Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year from all of us at the El Paso Museum of History! 🤍

Our museum will be closed:
❌ Friday, December 24
❌ Saturday, December 25
❌ Friday, December 31
❌ Saturday, January 1

Need a last minute gift idea? 🤔🎁Stop in to purchase our "Lucha Libre: Stories from the Ring" exhibition t-shirt*, design...
12/23/2021

Need a last minute gift idea? 🤔🎁
Stop in to purchase our "Lucha Libre: Stories from the Ring" exhibition t-shirt*, designed by Johnny Alvarez of Las Cruces Museums. During the holidays, bring your out-of-town guests to visit "Lucha Libre" as well as our five other exhibits. Admission is always FREE✨. See you here! 👋

*While supplies last.

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The El Paso Museum of History will be closed:
❌ Friday, December 24
❌ Saturday, December 25
❌ Friday, December 31
❌ Saturday, January 1

Need a last minute gift idea? 🤔🎁
Stop in to purchase our "Lucha Libre: Stories from the Ring" exhibition t-shirt*, designed by Johnny Alvarez of Las Cruces Museums. During the holidays, bring your out-of-town guests to visit "Lucha Libre" as well as our five other exhibits. Admission is always FREE✨. See you here! 👋

*While supplies last.

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The El Paso Museum of History will be closed:
❌ Friday, December 24
❌ Saturday, December 25
❌ Friday, December 31
❌ Saturday, January 1

12/21/2021
New digie.org website!

El Paso's digital community archive is just a click away! 🖱
Now you can access the entire DIGIE wall virtually from anywhere in the world. The new and improved digie.org website allows users to browse or upload photos/video from your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Explore this and more at digie.org or visit DIGIE in person during museum hours.

Thank you to everyone who attended our "Family Day: Winter Holidays"❄ event on Saturday to learn more about the differen...
12/20/2021

Thank you to everyone who attended our "Family Day: Winter Holidays"❄ event on Saturday to learn more about the different celebrations that happen in the Borderland.

✨Special thanks to Rabbi Ben Zeidman, Temple Mount Sinai, Tasty Kabob, and Persian Club of El Paso for sharing your traditions with us and the El Paso Public Library for their storytime and Winter reading challenge book giveaway!✨

❄️ What are YOUR holiday traditions? ❄️Yesterday, EPMH Director Erica Marin led our Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Bord...
12/17/2021

❄️ What are YOUR holiday traditions? ❄️
Yesterday, EPMH Director Erica Marin led our Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Border, discussing local traditions which included the making of tamales and local, family attractions such as the Eastridge Neighborhood lights display.

Catch our "Family Day: Winter Holidays" tomorrow Saturday, December 18 from 1PM - 4PM to learn more about different seasonal celebrations. See you here! 👋

Get ready for the holidays with this easy Ponche Navideño recipe! This Calientito is typically served during the pilgrim...
12/14/2021
MEXICAN CHRISTMAS PUNCH | Ponche Navideño Recipe EASY | Holiday Drink Recipe

Get ready for the holidays with this easy Ponche Navideño recipe! This Calientito is typically served during the pilgrimage of Posadas Navideñas. A pot is always kept hot and ready to serve to guests. Learn about this and other holiday traditions at our Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Border event this Thursday, December 16 from 2PM - 4PM. This event is free and open to the public.✨

RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/HolidaysOnTheBorder

Today I am at home and making Ponche, which is a Mexican style holiday punch. You can add brandy or tequila to your cup of ponche for a festive holiday treat...

On December 7, 1941 just before 8 AM, Japanese forces began a surprise attack on #PearlHarbor, a United States naval bas...
12/08/2021

On December 7, 1941 just before 8 AM, Japanese forces began a surprise attack on #PearlHarbor, a United States naval base located near Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack was intended to destroy the United States’ Pacific fleet, and over 2,400 Americans died in the attack. The following day, on December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan, marking the United States’ official entrance into World War II.

From the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans to the men of Company E, “El Paso’s Homegrown” examines the ways in which the Borderland was irrevocably changed by these national and international events. We encourage you visit and learn more about the impact of World War II on the lives of everyday El Pasoans at home and abroad.

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Image of: El Paso Times Newspaper (December 8, 1941)
Courtesy of: El Paso Museum of History- Permanent Collections
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On December 7, 1941 just before 8 AM, Japanese forces began a surprise attack on #PearlHarbor, a United States naval base located near Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack was intended to destroy the United States’ Pacific fleet, and over 2,400 Americans died in the attack. The following day, on December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan, marking the United States’ official entrance into World War II.

From the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans to the men of Company E, “El Paso’s Homegrown” examines the ways in which the Borderland was irrevocably changed by these national and international events. We encourage you visit and learn more about the impact of World War II on the lives of everyday El Pasoans at home and abroad.

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Image of: El Paso Times Newspaper (December 8, 1941)
Courtesy of: El Paso Museum of History- Permanent Collections
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ICYMI: Family Day: Las Posadas on Saturday was so much fun! Visitors learned about the cultural significance on Las Posa...
12/06/2021

ICYMI: Family Day: Las Posadas on Saturday was so much fun! Visitors learned about the cultural significance on Las Posadas and celebrated with a piñata making workshop, singing Posadas Navideñas, piñata breaking, and putting together their own aguinaldo goodie bag.

Stay tuned for our "Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Border" and "Family Day: Winter Holidays" events next week 👀

Thanks to everyone who came to our Merienda Talks: Latkes & Lights in "Sunset Heights"! This afternoon we hosted Mayor P...
12/03/2021

Thanks to everyone who came to our Merienda Talks: Latkes & Lights in "Sunset Heights"! This afternoon we hosted Mayor Pro Tempore Peter Svarzbien and Rabbi Ben Zeidman of Temple Mount Sinai to lead a conversation about the history of El Paso’s Jewish community, their personal experiences on the Border, and the celebrations and symbols of Hanukah. The talk focused on our current exhibit, “Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Sunset Heights,” which explores Sunset Height’s history and prominent Jewish residents.

Afterwards attendees enjoyed fresh latkes made from a third-generation family recipe.

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Merienda Talks are a free ongoing series at the El Paso Museum of History that explore current exhibits through informal conversation with experts. In Mexico, “Merienda” is a time to share conversation with friends over a bite to eat. In the spirit of merienda, our talks bring the public and professionals together to discover exhibits through discussion.

11/30/2021
El Paso Museum of History- #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday! ❤️
The holidays are right around the corner! Show your generosity by giving back to the community. In the next 24 hours, support the El Paso Museum of History's mission to amplify the voices and histories of the Border. Your tax-deductible donation helps to keep our museum admission FREE!✨

Give here: https://epcf.org/history/



GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. To learn more, visit: https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Join us this Thursday, December 2 from 2pm - 4pm for our WinterFest programming, Merienda Talks: Latkes & Lights in "Sun...
11/29/2021

Join us this Thursday, December 2 from 2pm - 4pm for our WinterFest programming, Merienda Talks: Latkes & Lights in "Sunset Heights". During “Latkes & Lights,” leaders from El Paso’s Jewish community will be holding an informal discussion about the history of El Paso’s Jewish community, their personal experiences on the Border, and the celebrations and symbols of Hanukah. The talk builds on our current exhibit, “Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Sunset Heights,” which explores Sunset Height’s history and prominent Jewish residents. Attendees of “Latkes & Lights in Sunset Heights” can also enjoy fresh, homemade latkes.

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Image of: Jay Schwartz Munoz and son, Samuel Munoz make latkes.
Samuel and his wife Juliana Baldwin Munoz host the Chanukah celebration at their home in this image from 2018.

Jay is the daughter of Virginia Ytuarte and Aaron J Schwartz, who met when Aaron was stationed at Fort Bliss. Aaron is originally from Brooklyn, New York and settled in El Paso when he married Virginia on July 3, 1952, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Virginia converted to Judaism on October 2, 1962 when the family moved to New York briefly. Aaron and Virginia eventually established themselves in the Lower Valley and are survived by their children Jay, Debra, and Alan, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Aaron was a member of the Chabad Lubavitch of El Paso. The family continues to celebrate and observe the traditions passed down from Aaron each year. Gathering with family and making traditional foods like latkes, challah and sufganiyot, helps to keep the memory of Aaron and Virginia alive.

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Upload photos of your family holiday traditions to digie.org

Join us this Thursday, December 2 from 2pm - 4pm for our WinterFest programming, Merienda Talks: Latkes & Lights in "Sunset Heights". During “Latkes & Lights,” leaders from El Paso’s Jewish community will be holding an informal discussion about the history of El Paso’s Jewish community, their personal experiences on the Border, and the celebrations and symbols of Hanukah. The talk builds on our current exhibit, “Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Sunset Heights,” which explores Sunset Height’s history and prominent Jewish residents. Attendees of “Latkes & Lights in Sunset Heights” can also enjoy fresh, homemade latkes.

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Image of: Jay Schwartz Munoz and son, Samuel Munoz make latkes.
Samuel and his wife Juliana Baldwin Munoz host the Chanukah celebration at their home in this image from 2018.

Jay is the daughter of Virginia Ytuarte and Aaron J Schwartz, who met when Aaron was stationed at Fort Bliss. Aaron is originally from Brooklyn, New York and settled in El Paso when he married Virginia on July 3, 1952, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Virginia converted to Judaism on October 2, 1962 when the family moved to New York briefly. Aaron and Virginia eventually established themselves in the Lower Valley and are survived by their children Jay, Debra, and Alan, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Aaron was a member of the Chabad Lubavitch of El Paso. The family continues to celebrate and observe the traditions passed down from Aaron each year. Gathering with family and making traditional foods like latkes, challah and sufganiyot, helps to keep the memory of Aaron and Virginia alive.

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Upload photos of your family holiday traditions to digie.org

Happy #Thanksgiving 🍂 from all of us at the El Paso Museum of History. We’re feeling grateful for the continued support ...
11/25/2021

Happy #Thanksgiving 🍂 from all of us at the El Paso Museum of History. We’re feeling grateful for the continued support from our community! What are YOU grateful for this year? Let us know in the comments below ⬇️:

Happy #Thanksgiving 🍂 from all of us at the El Paso Museum of History. We’re feeling grateful for the continued support from our community! What are YOU grateful for this year? Let us know in the comments below ⬇️:

Have family coming in to town for #Thanksgiving? Our museum will be:✅ OPEN (tomorrow) Wednesday, November 24 from 10AM –...
11/23/2021

Have family coming in to town for #Thanksgiving?
Our museum will be:
✅ OPEN (tomorrow) Wednesday, November 24 from 10AM – 6PM
❌ CLOSED Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving
✅ OPEN Saturday, November 27 from 10AM – 6PM

Admission is always FREE and we’re just blocks away from all the WinterFest fun! See you here 👋



Image of: Visitor posing in the new “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” exhibit

Have family coming in to town for #Thanksgiving?
Our museum will be:
✅ OPEN (tomorrow) Wednesday, November 24 from 10AM – 6PM
❌ CLOSED Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving
✅ OPEN Saturday, November 27 from 10AM – 6PM

Admission is always FREE and we’re just blocks away from all the WinterFest fun! See you here 👋



Image of: Visitor posing in the new “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” exhibit

ICYMI: We opened our latest exhibit, "El Paso's Homegrown: World War II" this weekend— a new exhibit that explores the i...
11/22/2021

ICYMI: We opened our latest exhibit, "El Paso's Homegrown: World War II" this weekend— a new exhibit that explores the impact of World War II on the Borderland. Through a combination of our collection and community contributions, “El Paso’s Homegrown” covers Company E, the European and Pacific theatres of the war, the Bracero program, the home efforts of women, the contributions of Indigenous tribes, Japanese internment, and Tom Lea’s work as a war correspondent.

This exhibit is presented with support from the El Paso Museum of History Foundation, the Tom Lea Institute, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and will be on display through August 2022.

ICYMI: We opened our latest exhibit, "El Paso's Homegrown: World War II" this weekend— a new exhibit that explores the impact of World War II on the Borderland. Through a combination of our collection and community contributions, “El Paso’s Homegrown” covers Company E, the European and Pacific theatres of the war, the Bracero program, the home efforts of women, the contributions of Indigenous tribes, Japanese internment, and Tom Lea’s work as a war correspondent.

This exhibit is presented with support from the El Paso Museum of History Foundation, the Tom Lea Institute, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and will be on display through August 2022.

⭐️ NEW EXHIBIT OPENING ⭐️Avoid the stress of parking downtown! Use the UTEP Glory Road Sun Metro Transfer Center and rid...
11/21/2021

⭐️ NEW EXHIBIT OPENING ⭐️
Avoid the stress of parking downtown! Use the UTEP Glory Road Sun Metro Transfer Center and ride the El Paso Streetcar to view our latest exhibition, “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” 🇺🇸from 6PM-8PM. See you here! 👋🏽

⭐️ NEW EXHIBIT OPENING ⭐️
Avoid the stress of parking downtown! Use the UTEP Glory Road Sun Metro Transfer Center and ride the El Paso Streetcar to view our latest exhibition, “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” 🇺🇸from 6PM-8PM. See you here! 👋🏽

#ArtifactSpotlight 📕✨During World War II, members of the armed forces were issued “My Life in the Service” diaries in or...
11/17/2021

#ArtifactSpotlight 📕✨
During World War II, members of the armed forces were issued “My Life in the Service” diaries in order to record their experiences during the War. The diaries were illustrated with propaganda-style vignettes and divided into different sections including friends made, officers met, places traveled, gift packages received, and general daily entries. The preface to the diary instructs soldiers: “Your experiences in the armed forces of your country are your part of living history. By all means KEEP A DIARY! Times without number, historians and writers have found more information of real human interest in the diaries of enlisted men than in the studied accounts of generals and admirals. […] The value of this record lies in the future; the time for you to create that value is now.” On display in our exhibit is the diary of Clairmont K. Koelle, who made his home in El Paso after the War.

Join us this Saturday at 6 PM for the opening of “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” to learn more about the lives of everyday El Pasoan's during the Second World War as they navigated global conflict at home and abroad.

It’s back! The lights, sounds, and cheer of the Scherr Legate Celebration of Lights Parade will fill the streets of down...
11/16/2021

It’s back! The lights, sounds, and cheer of the Scherr Legate Celebration of Lights Parade will fill the streets of downtown on Saturday, November 20!

Make plans to see the parade that kicks off the WinterFest season! Visit www.epwinterfest.com for more info!

#EPWinterFest #IamElPaso #CelebrationofLightsParade

It’s back! The lights, sounds, and cheer of the Scherr Legate Celebration of Lights Parade will fill the streets of downtown on Saturday, November 20!

Make plans to see the parade that kicks off the WinterFest season! Visit www.epwinterfest.com for more info!

#EPWinterFest #IamElPaso #CelebrationofLightsParade

Did you know ❓❓❓Company E was among the very first American troops to set foot in Europe during World War II. Company E ...
11/14/2021

Did you know ❓❓❓
Company E was among the very first American troops to set foot in Europe during World War II. Company E was the only completely Mexican American unit in the entire U.S. Army during World War II, and many of its members were from El Paso’s own Bowie High School and Segundo Barrio neighborhood. John L. Chapin, an El Paso native, was the Company Commander and is the namesake of the Northeast high school.

Join us next Saturday at 6 PM for the opening of “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” to learn more about El Paso’s role in WWII, from the home front to the war fronts.



Image of: Company E soldiers
Courtesy of: Ruth Romo
https://www.digie.org/album/21421/50666

Did you know ❓❓❓
Company E was among the very first American troops to set foot in Europe during World War II. Company E was the only completely Mexican American unit in the entire U.S. Army during World War II, and many of its members were from El Paso’s own Bowie High School and Segundo Barrio neighborhood. John L. Chapin, an El Paso native, was the Company Commander and is the namesake of the Northeast high school.

Join us next Saturday at 6 PM for the opening of “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II” to learn more about El Paso’s role in WWII, from the home front to the war fronts.



Image of: Company E soldiers
Courtesy of: Ruth Romo
https://www.digie.org/album/21421/50666

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510 N Santa Fe St
El Paso, TX
79901

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***DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC*** Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Monday & City Holidays

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Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm

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Visit with the El Paso Museum of History this week for two WinterFest themed events. Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Border on Thursday, December 16 will explore our regional holiday traditions. Family Day: Winter Holidays will feature holiday customs with hands -on activities for kids and a storytime with El Paso Public Library. Visit www.epmuseumofhistory.org for more info.
Between 1940-1945, 1 in 4 married women worked outside the home, a statistic accelerated by the domestic war effort. You can channel your inner “Rosie the Riveter,” the most iconic image associated with women’s war contributions when you visit the El Paso Museum of History to see the new exhibition, “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II.”
Today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and what better way to learn more than to head to our El Paso Museum of History to see the new exhibition, “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II.
Happy #GivingTuesday! Show your generosity and give back to the community by supporting our El Paso Museums. Read below on how you can support the El Paso Museum of History.
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A new exhibition at the El Paso Museum of History opened over the weekend explores El Paso’s role in WWII.
The El Paso Museum of History’s newest exhibition, El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II opens today at 6 p.m. The exhibition features El Paso’s contribution to World War II. Hear more about it from Erica Marin, El Paso Museum of History Director in the video below.
A new exhibition is opening up at the El Paso Museum of History and on this edition of #FactFriday Erica Marin, El Paso Museum of History Director, joins us to tell us all about it. #IAmElPaso #ElPaso #EPTX #DTEP #ElPasoMuseumOfHistory #WWII