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UTEP to Hold Opening Reception for ‘Rebirth of Duranguito,’ ‘Border Street, A Photo Exhibition’

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will host an opening reception for two exhibitions that highlight border culture.

“Border Street” is a photography exhibition celebrating our border culture through the lens of four photography enthusiasts.

“Rebirth of Duranguito” is a community-generated plan for the preservation and restoration of Duranguito, one of El Paso’s oldest neighborhoods.

The exhibit opening is set for Thursday, January 31st, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and will be open through early March.

Additionally, the exhibit  “Where the World Met the Border,” will be on view through April 27, 2019.

“Where the World Met the Border,” tells the stories of a place, El Paso’s 1st Ward. This is the story of El Paso’s first neighborhood: a fronterizocommercial center, where immigrants from all over the world made their homes.

This exhibits provides a window into the lives of people from all over the world—Mexico, Ireland, Syria, Italy, and China— who came to the First Ward to better their lives and make their homes.

Permanent exhibits in the museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America. A variety of temporary exhibits address themes related to border life and culture, the Americas and the University’s history and current activities

The Centennial Museum was constructed in 1936 to celebrate the anniversary of Texas’ independence, making it the oldest museum in El Paso.

What: Exhibit opening

When: 4:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

Where: Centennial Museum at the corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Way 

 For more information, please call 915-747-5565.

UTEP’s Centennial Museum Presents Two New Exhibits

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will host an opening reception for the exhibits, “Bracero Memories” and “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance.”

Bracero Memories explores the complex history of the Bracero Program, which brought Mexican laborers to work in the United States from 1942 to 1964. While considered a success, few braceros have had the opportunity to tell their story.

Using photographs, oral histories and artifacts, this exhibit presents the braceros’ memories, accomplishments and frustrations while living and working in the United States. In collaboration with the Center for Border Farmworkers, this exhibit will feature unique artifacts and photographs.

“La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance” explores the increased “hardening” of the border since 1917 as well as the resistance of fronterizos/borderlanders to the governmental policies and legislation that create separation.

This exhibit was curated by the Department of History’s graduate public history interns and features artwork about the border from local artists.

Both exhibits will be open to the public from Sept. 16 to Dec. 16, 2017. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The reception and the exhibits are free and open to the public.

What: UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens opening of the exhibits “Bracero Memories,” and “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance.”

When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 16.

Where: Centennial Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus

UTEP Faculty Member Named New Centennial Museum Director

Daniel J. Carey-Whalen has been selected as the new director of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

Carey-Whalen, a Kansas native, first came to UTEP in 2012 as an adjunct lecturer in museum studies in UTEP’s Department of Art. In 2015, he was promoted to coordinator of museum studies and public culture at the University.

Over the last four years, Carey-Whalen has taught three museum studies courses and managed the museum intern program.

“UTEP is a wonderful place to work,” Carey-Whalen said. “They have enabled and encouraged me to grow as a museum professional. I am so fortunate that my new position will allow me to continue working with students. I love UTEP students! Also, I am so excited to continue working with UTEP faculty.”

Carey-Whalen earned his bachelor’s degree in history and a double master’s degree in American studies and urban planning from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Prior to joining UTEP, he was the education coordinator at both the Kansas Museum of History and Galveston County Historical Museum.

He also served as the grants administrator for the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Carey-Whalen will start his new position Sept. 1.

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