The El Paso Museum of History invites the public to view the newest exhibition Powerhouse of the Southwest: 120 Years of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.
“At EPMH, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce is literally our neighbor—they’re just across the street from us,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov. “For El Paso as a whole, they are a metaphoric neighbor, providing support and leadership to help the city grow. The Chamber has guided El Paso from its days as a frontier town to the thriving borderplex it is today.”
The exhibit is part of the museum’s exhibition series Wall of Giants, a multi-year project that has highlighted influential organizations within the El Paso region.
Powerhouse focuses on the history and major milestones of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, including its founding in the late 1800s and the Chamber’s role in establishing the Star on the Mountain.
The exhibit also draws attention to the Chamber’s role in local and national history such as the meeting between American President William Howard Taft and Mexican President Porfirio Diaz in 1909 that took place at the Chamber.
The exhibit features Chamber members and businesses who have had a lasting impact on the El Paso community.
“We are so excited for this exhibit to celebrate the business community here,” said El Paso Chamber of Commerce President David Jerome. “These past years have been such an exciting time for business in El Paso, and we are looking forward to continuing to grow the Chamber’s legacy in the years to come.”
Powerhouse of the Southwest: 120 Years of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce runs through March 22, 2020.