The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will celebrate the opening of a new temporary exhibit at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site on Wednesday, March 1.
The new exhibit, “What They Created,” highlights El Paso women’s role in creating some of the first El Paso community cookbooks from 1898 to 1949. It will include more than two dozen Magoffin Home artifacts that are not typically displayed on site, as well as recent donations never before displayed to the public.
Dating back to the 1850s, the very first community cookbook was compiled by several prominent pioneer women from across the county who made a new home in El Paso. They created the first community fundraising cookbooks to raise money for field hospitals in the east and by 1915, 6,000 community cookbooks were published by women’s clubs, organizations, and churches to raise money for various political and social causes, including suffrage.
The reception will start at 5 p.m. with light refreshments. At 6 p.m., the exhibit curator, Joseph Longo, will give remarks about the exhibit and its content. The event will conclude at 7 p.m., but the exhibit will remain open throughout Women’s History Month, closing on March 31.