“El Paso Museum of Archaeology” by Susan Barnum
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to visit the museum and participate in a number of activities, lectures and workshops every Saturday in February.
Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m.
Brittany Hutchinson, Community Engagement Coordinator at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, will discuss her work on “The Hill” project. ’The Hill’ is a Historical Archaeology site that is believed to date back to 1790, 75 years before the abolition of slavery, and is believed to be the oldest “Free Black” site in the country.
Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m.
Learn about La Toma with the El Paso Archaeological Society. Featured speaker, Al Borrego, will discuss the birthplace of the American Southwest and La Toma. La Toma is a ceremony that followed Don Juan de Onate crossing the Rio Grande that allowed Spain to take possession of this land and established San Elizario as the birthplace of the American Southwest.
Create a Mosaic : Saturday, February 27, noon to 3 p.m.
Artist Lizzie Ochoa will teach visitors how to create a mosaic using materials commonly found in a desert landscape. Visitors will learn the basics and guided through the easy steps of creating a unique mosaic. No experience is necessary. Due to limited space and complexity of the activity, registration is required for the workshop, and all participants must be at least 15 years of age. The cost for museum members is $3, and $5 for non-members.
Guided Tours : Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Visitor receive a free, 45 minute guided free tour of the museum galleries and facility.
Archery and Atl-atl Demonstrations : Every Saturday at 10 a.m.
Visitors can participate in hands on archery and atl-atl demonstrations free of charge. Trained and authorized safety Marshalls are present so archers are welcome to bring their own recurve and long bows as well (no compound bows are allowed on the range). Museum staff is on hand to teach visitors how to use the atl-atl on a separate atl-atl range.
For information on all the events at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology call (915)-755-4332.