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El Paso Museum of History brings International Ideas to local stage

The El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) will host the first session of its Forum on Global Ideas, a new programming initiative focused on bringing international perspectives to the El Paso area.

The first forum is set for on October 24 at 5:30 p.m.

“El Paso is an international city but the issues discussed here tend to focus on the region’s border identity and the controversies surrounding immigration,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.

“With the EPMH Forum on Global Ideas, I wanted to draw El Pasoans into international dialogues and to explore the ways in which what is happening globally resonates with issues happening here.”

The inaugural event will be a lecture by Thomas Hanson titled “Crisis of Democracy: Nationalism, Populism, and Identity Politics.” Hanson is a retired U.S. Diplomat, current Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and serves as Chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

The forum is presented with the generous support of Texas Gas Service and in collaboration with the Sam Donaldson Institute, the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Communication, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

The series will continue in the coming years with biannual events. Sessions will include traditional lectures, focused workshops, diverse panels, and working conferences.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register by emailing your name and number of guests to RSVP.EPMH@elpasotexas.gov.

El Paso Museum of History to open new permanent exhibit Saturday

On Tuesday, officials with the El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) announced that the exhibit – Changing Pass: People, Land, & Memories – would be opening as a permanent part of the facility this weekend.

Residents are invited to the free, family-friendly opening event featuring hands-on activities, to be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

“People tend to think of history as static and unchanging,” Dr. von Tsurikov explained of the process. “But history—and the way we tell that history—is an ever-evolving experience. As a public institution, it is our responsibility to tell the story of El Paso with as many voices as we can.”

The opening of Changing Pass, the permanent installation at EPMH, marks a new chapter for the institution. While Changing Pass is not technically a new exhibit for the museum, the approach to its curation and narrative are reflective of EPMH’s new direction and leadership.

Last fall, Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov was named as EPMH’s new Museum Director, and since then, he and his team have embarked on an ambitious project updating Changing Pass’s content to better reflect the diverse identities of the El Paso community.

For many, Changing Pass is their first introduction to El Paso history. The exhibit serves as a learning tool for classrooms and organizations throughout the area as well as an attraction for those visiting from out of town.

In its new location on the first floor gallery, Changing Pass immediately greets visitors who walk through the door, inviting them to explore and reconsider what the borderlands are all about.

Covering more than 400 years of El Paso del Norte region history, Changing Pass begins with early Indigenous settlers and concludes with ASARCO in the 20th century. As visitors move through different exhibits, they are invited to explore how the El Paso del Norte area, along both sides of the Mexico-United States border, has been defined not only by the unique Chihuahuan desert but by the different groups, countries, and empires who sought to control it. New artifacts, interactive displays, and text panels encourage guests to examine how El Paso’s political, economic, social, environmental, cultural, and religious past has evolved across centuries.

For more information about the museum and exhibits, click here.

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