El Paso Community College (EPCC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and El Paso Museum of History, and the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, will be hosting two engaging public programs about the lives of Mormon settlers in Colonia Juarez in Mexico and El Paso.
The program will feature a brief history of the Mormon Colonies in Mexico and how the folklore concept of liminality has played a role in the settlers’ lives and relationships with Mexico and the United States.
Attendees will also hear directly from people whose lives are connected to the Colonies and will receive items and guidelines to help them in collecting their own heritage.
“The El Paso Museum of History is excited to partner with Lisa Elliott regarding her dynamic lecture that focuses on a unique group with ties to both sides of the border. Their story is relevant to the greater region’s cultural history and the experiences they’ve had will resonate with the contemporary El Paso community,” states Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov, Director of the El Paso Museum of History.
“It’s great to work at an institution that supports faculty in pursuing grant projects like this one,” explains Lisa Elliott, EPCC Associate Professor and Program Director for the project.
“Through the support of El Paso Community College and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project has allowed us to digitize images and to collect histories of people associated with the Mormon Colonies, preserving their heritage and sharing it with the community. And, I’m so pleased to collaborate with the El Paso Museum of History to present the work via a public program and the Museum’s Digital Wall.”
The programs will be held:
- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex, 915 Hunter Dr.
- Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe St.