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El Paso Museum of History hosts EPCC Anniversary Exhibition

Starting Friday, April 19, the El Paso Museum of History will be honoring El Paso Community College’s half century of contributions to the area via a very special exhibition.

El Paso Community College’s 50th Anniversary: Honoring the Past, Building the Future at the museum will give visitors an opportunity to see memorabilia and learn about important milestones in the college’s history.

“We are excited to host such a commemorative event in honoring this momentous occasion. Knowing how well established EPCC is within the community, this exhibition highlights not only the institution’s successes, but the importance of education made accessible to the El Paso community and beyond,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.

The exhibit highlights all aspects of college’s history from its beginnings at Logan Heights at Fort Bliss to all the growth and accomplishments that have helped more than 80,000 students earn degrees.

“El Paso Community College has a legacy of excellence and a real commitment to serving students,” said El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata. “I am proud of the work that our board of trustees, faculty and staff have done throughout the past 50 years to facilitate this success which is celebrated in this exhibition. EPCC has a long history of serving this community, serving the state, and ultimately serving the nation by helping students in our region earn the degrees and certificates that they need to achieve their dreams.”

“We invite the community visit the exhibition, to explore the vibrant past of EPCC as well as to look forward to the future we will build together,” said External Relations and 50th Anniversary Co-Chair Associate Vice President Keri Moe. “This is a real opportunity for us to honor the great work that has been done and to understand the power of education in our community.”

Established in 1969, EPCC is a nationally recognized community college that offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes and workforce training.

Today, EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs.

The exhibition will be on view until September 29. For additional information on the history of EPCC or other events, visit the college’s special anniversary website.

El Paso Museum of History Hosts “Roma” Film Screening for Women’s History Month

The El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) will host the public screening of the critically acclaimed film “ROMA” on Friday, March 29.

“We invite local community members to head over to the Museum of History to enjoy this public screening of this award-winning film. Partnering with the Consulate General of Mexico offers an excellent opportunity to embrace cultural diplomacy, and engage a broader audience,” said Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov, Director of the El Paso Museum of History.

This screening,  from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 510 North Santa Fe Street, is hosted in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico to commemorate Women’s History Month.

This event will feature a pre-screening social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. A cash bar and appetizers will be available. The screening will commence at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the film follows a year in the life of Cleo, a young domestic worker employed by a middle-class family in the neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City.

The film captures her gracefully struggle against the social, political, and economic hierarchies of the 1970s, and what the implications of these systems mean for Cleo and her loved ones. “ROMA” won both an Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. Cuarón won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA for Best Director.

The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as the Pass of the North.

The event is open to the public. Admission to the El Paso Museum of History is free.

El Paso Museum of History Joins ‘Last Thursdays’ El Paso Art Walk

Officials with the El Paso Museum of History announced that they will join the “Last Thursdays El Paso: Art Walk and Gallery Crawl” beginning next Thursday.

“Last Thursdays El Paso” is a community grown monthly event that highlights downtown arts, culture, and entertainment.

The cultural event takes place every Last Thursday of the month beginning in March and runs through November, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on March 28.

“The Museum of History is proud to support a local organization driven to share the rich history and arts culture present in Downtown El Paso,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov.

“This is an opportunity to extend our facilities to the greater arts community within the city. The narrative of El Paso’s cultural history is currently included in Last Thursdays and we are pleased to enhance the story further.

For this year’s first session of “Last Thursdays El Paso,” guests who visit the Museum of History may participate in any of the following:

  • Film Screening, “The Century of Immigration”: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as a part of six-week “Becoming American” documentary and lecture series.
  • Three-Minute Thesis competition: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. UTEP Graduate School students present research thesis in three minutes.
  • DIGIE Demo: (Hourly 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Learn how to navigate and submit your El Paso story to the nation’s only Digital Wall. The Museum staff encourages residents to share their story by uploading their files to
  • “From Fire and Earth: Pottery Traditions of the Casas Grandes Medio Period.” The free exhibit features many examples of Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz ceramics from the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the El Paso Museum of Art.

The museum will host programming on “Last Thursdays El Paso” throughout the year with artist pop-up shops, “Becoming American” lecture series, gallery openings and tours.

Tom Lea’s Library Mural to be Temporarily Relocated, Displayed at El Paso Museum of History

One of El Paso’s most beloved works of art, Tom and Sarah Lea’s “Southwest,” will be temporarily relocated from its present home at the Main Library to the El Paso Museum of History.

Visitors to Museum of History will be able to study this piece from a new perspective as it will be installed closer to the viewer.

“The temporary move is in preparation of the renovations planned for the Main Library. This was an opportune time to move and reinstall the mural as El Paso will be hosting meetings for museum and public art professionals later this year.” City officials share, “The temporary location will provide additional opportunities to study and appreciate the mural at museum-hosted events. There will also be opportunities to display artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as offering additional programming at the museum.”

A photographic reproduction will be placed in the Main Library while the facility under goes renovations.

“Southwest” was painted in 1956 as a collaborative effort between Lea and his wife, Sarah, as a gift to the people of El Paso and the Main Library. It is the only known collaboration of its kind between one of El Paso’s most prolific artists of the mid-twentieth century and his wife.

In a passage from his book, “A Picture Gallery,” Lea describes his work as a panoramic window onto a vast and open landscape. “It spoke of space, sun, cloud, rain, wind, mountain, mesa, rock, sand, soil, and of living growth nurtured by them. The only human habitant was the viewer of this mural…” Lea states in his book.

“Southwest” will be officially unveiled at the Museum of History, on March 21. The unveiling reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for members and supporters.

For more information on the unveiling, contact the Museum of History at (915) 212-3160

Museum of History to Host ‘From Fire and Earth’ Exhibit

On Friday, February 22nd, the El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) invites the public to view the newest exhibition at the museum: From Fire and Earth, featuring Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz ceramics from the northwest corner of modern-day Chihuahua, Mexico.

“We are very pleased to present this exhibition in partnership with the City’s Museums of History, Archaeology and Art. This opportunity will allow visitors to view unique artifacts, rarely presented together in this kind of exhibition,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov.

The exhibit shows the art expressions of the Casas Grandes people, who would become prolific potters, producing some of the finest pottery of the Pre-Columbian world.

The exhibition features ceramics from the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso Museum of Art and private collections.

This ceramic revival has spurred national and international interest in the Casas Grandes region over the past few decades, as well as rekindled in the local population an appreciation for tradition and their cultural heritage. Mata Ortiz pottery is recognized as some of the finest handcrafted ceramics produced in the world today.

“The Casas Grandes culture is recognized as having produced some of the finest pottery of the ancient Pre-Columbian world,” said El Paso Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney. “This collaborative exhibition between the City’s Museums affords the public an amazing opportunity to view examples rarely seen from our world-class collections.”

In the mid-1970s, Juan Quezada and others from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico launched a new era in Casas Grandes pottery. Inspired by the shards and other artifacts that they found in this region, they began making pottery using only natural elements.

These art pieces show not only the ancient art of pottery, but also the appreciation of Mesoamerican cultures.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. From Fire and Earth and runs through September 22.

El Paso Museum of History to Celebrate Digie’s Anniversary on Valentine’s Day

Officials with the El Paso Museum of History are inviting the public to a Valentine’s Day event that celebrates the fourth anniversary of DIGIE, the nation’s only digital wall.

“Functioning both as a time capsule and a community digital archive, DIGIE allows for both El Pasoans and visitors to experience a unique borderland history,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov.

“DIGIE serves as an interactive experience for the community to utilize. We hope to celebrate many more DIGIE anniversaries, and invite the community to take maximum advantage of this resource.

On Thursday, February 14th, visitors can view vintage postcards from the Museum’s special collections, create their own postcards and Valentine’s Day crafts, take a picture in a photo booth, and enjoy treats.

In addition, the museum is giving away prizes through a social media contest.

The public can share the love of history by taking a picture by DIGIE, posting on Facebook and using the hashtags #iloveephistory and #DIGIEisturning4 to be entered to win a prize. People can also bring photos to the Museum to be scanned by the staff.

Since opening on Valentine’s Day in 2015, DIGIE has captured 45,781,386 touches and currently holds a collection of more than 14,000 images and videos.

DIGIE stands for Digital Information Gateway in El Paso. It is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present through a giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screen at the Museum, an online database and the mobile Mini DIGIE.

Mini DIGIE, a portable version of DIGIE, is also available to help the Museum reach new audiences, so everyone has the opportunity to experience and be included in El Paso’s digital history. Mini DIGIE travels around the city visiting schools, libraries, community centers, and other educational institutions where citizens gather to learn about history.

DIGIE was the first project completed as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds and is one of only four digital walls in the world. The others are located in Copenhagen, Denmark; Cairo, Egypt; and Christ’s Church, New Zealand.”

For more information, call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-0320 or visit DIGIE’s website.

El Paso Museum of History to Host Financial Literacy Event

Officials with the El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) invite the public to learn about financial literacy at the “Growing Your Money Tree” this Saturday.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum.  The free, family-friendly event is open to all ages. It offers financial literacy resources, hands-on activities, make-and-take crafts, money related games as well as information tables.

The event will include special activities to spark learning and teach children about money.

Children will be able to participate in interactive activities by creating their own piggy bank out of recycled art material, decorate their own currency, play bingo, participating in a scavenger hunt adventure, learn about entrepreneurship, developing their own business idea and getting tips to be money smart.

In addition, guest can view the “Economy in Action: Centennial Commemoration of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch” exhibition that will be on display through March. The exhibit highlights the history and impact of one of the most important financial institutions in the region. It features the role the bank serves in supporting the financial institutions of the region and represent the unique economy of the U.S. – Mexico border.

Professionals from the Federal Reserve of Dallas, El Paso Branch will be on hand to share resources to help community members improve their economic understanding and basic financial education. Guests can learn helpful information about money management skills.

The event is held in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch.

For more information on the “Growing Your Money Tree” event, call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-3161.

City Encouraging Residents to Visit Museums, Farmer’s Market During the Holidays

For the Holiday Season, the City of El Paso is inviting everyone to spend part of the winter break visiting the Downtown Art and Farmers Market or one of the City’s three museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History or the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Visitors to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology can try their hands at archery or atl-atl during Saturday morning demonstrations. Please contact the Museum for a complete schedule of archery activities. The trails around the museum are also open for family friendly hikes.

Explore the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) at your own pace with family-friendly guides. Try a new hands-on art activity each day. Learn about painting, printmaking, and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working together and make art to share with family and friends.

Each of the workshops are designed for visitors 4 years and older and features an art making activity tied to the Museum’s current exhibitions. Museum admission and workshops are free to the public.

  • Discover the collection and experience an augmented reality experience with the new family guide.
  • Paint and Collage: December 26 – 28, 12-3 pm. Learn about painting and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art that you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.
  • Printmaking: January 2 – 4, 12-3 pm. Explore printmaking! Stop by each day and discover simple and fun printmaking techniques inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.

Snap a photo in Santa’s sleigh and drop off last minute letters to the North Pole at the El Paso Museum of History. Visitors can learn about the history of the Pass of the North or discover how the banking system in the United States works in the Museum galleries

The museums will be open regular hours through the winter holidays. In observance of the City’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays, all three museums will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1.

The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will be open one last weekend this year. Stop by the market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 22 to pick up those last minute gifts. There will also be free crafts and live entertainment.

The market will be closed December 29 and January 5. It will reopen for the New Year on Saturday January 12.

TxDoT’s Historic Preservation Program Celebrates El Paso Cultural Heritage

The Texas Department of Transportation historic preservation program is partnering with the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Public Library for a celebration of El Paso’s cultural heritage.

Their community event, ‘Festival Voces de El Paso’, will commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month and will offer educational hands-on activities for people of all ages.

“El Paso has such a rich cultural history,” said Rebekah Dobrasko, Historic Preservation Specialist for TxDOT’s Historical Studies Branch. “We are thrilled to partner with the community to highlight things that make El Paso so special through history lectures, arts and crafts and programming.”

TxDOT will be distributing information about one of El Paso’s oldest neighborhoods, Chihuahuita.

The neighborhood, nestled along the border, is considered the oldest in El Paso. TxDOT’s historians worked with Chihuahuita residents to develop an educational booklet and poster that documents the neighborhood’s rich history. The booklet is one way that TxDOT can preserve the stories of the past and share them with future generations.

“This free festival has been specially created to bring people together to experience the history of El Paso and its diverse residents,” added Dobrasko.

Via a news release, TxDoT added: “TxDOT’s historic preservation specialists are part of a larger environmental program that looks at how projects might impact the natural and cultural environment before roads are constructed…whether TxDOT is building a new bridge, repairing damaged roadway after a natural disaster or creating safer intersections, its teams of historians, archeologists and environmental scientists ensure that progress considers the preservation and conservation of the state’s resources.”

‘Festival Voces de El Paso’ will have activities at both the El Paso Museum of History and the main branch of the El Paso Public Library Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

City Proposes Integrating Mexican American Cultural Center into Downtown Library

On Tuesday, officials with the City of El Paso announced that they are considering integrating the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) into a 40,000 square foot wing of the Main Library located within the Downtown Arts District.

Via a news release, officials said the site proposed by the City of El Paso for the MACC “offers twice the amount of programmable space than the Abraham Chavez Theater at half the cost.”

“Main Libraries 100 years ago served a different function as the only choice in town. Cities throughout the country have taken the opportunity to re-imagine prime real estate/ architectural assets by incorporating new complimentary program opportunities and cultural assets into their library systems. The additional programming the MACC will provide will enhance our Library services while allowing the City to maximize its resources,” said Dionne Mack, Deputy City Manager, Public Safety and Support Services.

City staff began searching for an alternate location at Council’s request in late 2017. Council members will consider the alternate location for the signature bond project at its meeting on September 18, 2018.

“The plans for siting the MACC in the addition to the Main Branch presents incredible opportunities to amplify programming and services we offer to the community. Amenities like a broadcasting studio, archive reading rooms and teaching kitchens represent cutting edge practices that libraries across the U.S. are incorporating to engage new audiences,” said Mark Pumphrey, Library Director.

The City is hosting an open house on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of History (510 N. Santa Fe) where the public can view preliminary ideas and concepts for the Mexican American Culture Center.

Included in the Tuesday news  release were the city’s reasons for the new, alternate site, including:

  • The alternate location doubles the usable space for the MACC compared to the 20,000 square feet that would have been available in the Abraham Chavez Theatre proposal. This option allows for a world-class cultural center that incorporates all the amenities and programs recommended by the public through extensive outreach efforts conducted over a period of five years.
  • The expanded space also allows for a programmable rooftop space, culinary experiences and a broadcast studio – all at less than half the cost of the Chavez site.
  • The MACC would also have access to the Chavez for larger theater productions when needed.
  • Co-locating the MACC at the Main Library will transform existing library offerings for 21st century-services.
  • The Main Library will retain its original 60,000 square foot building while receiving upgrades and reconfiguration to ensure all current services, including the children’s reading area, are maintained and even enhanced.

“The proposed site is primed for success dovetailing with so many public and private developments taking place in the Downtown Arts District. We can’t wait for a permanent facility to showcase the breadth and vitality of Mexican American cultural production,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of the City’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.

According to city officials, from the “earliest stages of planning in 2014, seeking shared space for the MACC was something City leadership and consultants felt made the most sense, given the budget of the MACC and the ambitious programming MCAD envisioned.”

“Selecting the Main Library returns to this model and will create a dynamic experience for visitors to the Arts District. Additionally, close proximity to the El Paso Museum of History, the El Paso Museum of Art, ArtSpace El Paso and the site of the future El Paso Children’s Museum will help facilitate easy collaboration and partnerships,” officials added.

The Tuesday afternoon release from the city goes on to say that, “although the City was not able to reach an agreement with the Mexican American Cultural Institute (MACI) to manage the MACC, leadership continued to work with MACI’s leadership to include them in the project.”

“As the plans to locate the MACC at the Library solidified, the City shared these plans with MACI’s leadership. They were in support of the project’s new direction. The City had continued to work with MACI to forge a relationship that would provide ongoing support for the MACC; however, they were unable to come together on an agreement that would be beneficial to both parties.”

The MACC is one of three signature projects approved by voters as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond.

El Paso Museum of History’s New Exhibit Features Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-El Paso Branch

The El Paso Museum of History invites the public to view the new Circle of Giants exhibition, Economy in Action: Centennial Commemoration of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch.

The ninth exhibit, that opens Friday, August 31, in the Circle of Giants recognizes the 100-year anniversary of the El Paso Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

“As El Paso and its economy grew, the El Paso Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas played a significant part in helping our community become what it is today,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome. ”It is an honor to include this institution in our Circle of Giants at the El Paso Museum of History.”

The display includes items on loan from the Federal Reserve in Dallas as well as other artifacts from the Museum’s collections.

Via a news release officials with the museum shared:

“The El Paso Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas opened its doors in 1918. Since then, this institution has served the financial institutions of our region and has represented the economy of the U.S. – Mexico border. The branch fills an important role in the economy of West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Through relationships with stakeholders, the El Paso Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas helps support monetary policy decisions and works to improve economic understanding and basic financial education.”

The Wall of Giants is an annual project of the El Paso Museum of History, which honors a person, entity, location, or event that has had an ongoing impact on the city. A community group called the Circle of Giants chooses the honorees.

The exhibition features a large graphics wall honoring a chosen individual, group, or institution and a timeline history.

The exhibit is free and open to the public through February 2019.

City of El Paso Appoints Director to Lead El Paso Museum of History

Friday morning, the City of El Paso and the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announced that Dr. Vladimir Von Tsurikov had been selected as the new Director of the El Paso Museum of History.

MCAD selected Dr. von Tsurikov following an extensive national recruitment and vetting process which included community stakeholders. He will begin his new role as Director, El Paso Museum of History at the end of August.

“Dr. Von Tsurikov has a strong background in history and archiving—but what really impressed stakeholders involved in the search process was his work in building strong teams at museums and engaging new audiences,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome.

Dr. Von Tsurikov comes to El Paso from the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as Director and President since 2014. As Director and President, he introduced successful growth strategies that attracted new constituencies and grew membership by 75 percent.

Additionally, Dr. Von Tsurikov broadened the donor base, diversified educational programming and built the museum’s national and international reputation. Dr. Von Tsurikov also built a strong team of more than 60 volunteers and a dozen docents allowing the museum to build new audiences and attract different demographics to exhibitions and events.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. von Tsurikov to the El Paso Museum of History.  We are confident that his experience and knowledge will enhance and grow our relationships across our cultural communities locally, regionally and internationally,” said Economic Development & Tourism Deputy City Manager Cary Westin.

Dr. von Tsurikov has published numerous articles and presented dozens of lectures in the United States and abroad. He has been published extensively and has served as a consultant on historical documentaries.

In 2018, Dr. von Tsurikov received the Silver Archer Award from the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., for promotion of Cultural Diplomacy. Dr. von Tsurikov previously served as Director of Archives and Library Services at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and as a project archivist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace.

Dr. Von Tsurikov holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from the Moscow Theological Academy, Sergiev Posad, Russia; an M. A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont; and a B. Th. from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, New York.

Museum of History Celebrates El Paso in the Movies

The El Paso Museum of History is celebrating El Paso and the Borderland’s place in Hollywood with the On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland exhibit.

The public is invited to view the exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Plaza Classic Film Fest, which highlights how Hollywood has turned El Paso’s desert and mountains into movie history.

Visitors can learn about El Pasoans who made their way to Hollywood and explore how filmmakers have used our city and the border as a background when filming. The exhibit spans 100 years of movie-making on the border and features shooting scripts, posters and lobby cards from movies such as Courage Under Fire, Glory Road, Aventurera, The Brave Bulls and other movies made in the El Paso-Juárez area.

“El Paso’s desert vistas have captured the imaginations of filmmakers from the early days of film. We are excited to showcase El Paso’s role in many feature films in this exhibition,” said Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Tracey Jerome.

The Plaza Classic will be showing several films that feature El Paso including The Getaway, Committed, No Country for Old Men and Glory Road. The movie Amadeus, starring El Paso native and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, will also be screened as part of the festival.

The On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland exhibit is free and runs through October 28.

For more information, call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-0320

Plaza Classic Film Festival, Museum of History Team Up for ‘On Location’ Exhibition

With its mountain vistas and vast desert landscapes, the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez region has fascinated filmmakers ever since the silent movie era. On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland, a new exhibition opening July 20 at the El Paso Museum of History, puts that into focus.

On Location, which will be on display through October 28 at the El Paso Museum of History, located at 501 North Santa Fe, marks the fourth annual collaboration between the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, the world’s largest classic film festival, and the El Paso Museum of History.

On Location spans 100 years of movie-making on the border and features shooting scripts, posters and lobby cards from Courage Under Fire, Glory Road, Aventurera, The Brave Bulls and other movies made in the El Paso-Juarez area.

It also includes an Acme Film Projector used by silent film exhibitors and filmmakers Felix Padilla and Edmundo Padilla, items from the Juarez/Mexico City-based Calderon family of filmmakers, a copy of a letter Steve McQueen sent to Texas Gov.

Preston Smith at the conclusion of filming The Getaway in El Paso, and items from movies based on books by El Paso authors Tom Lea and Cormac McCarthy.

Additionally, University of Texas at El Paso English and theater professor Dr. Mimi Gladstein, a member of the El Paso Community Foundation board of directors, will present a free lecture, Adapting Tom Lea’s ‘The Brave Bulls’ to the Screen, at noon Sunday, August 5 at the museum.

City Museums Host Summer Camps

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting summer camps at three of its museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

“We want to encourage our young people to access and use our museums, and our summer camps are fun ways they can explore archaeology, history or art,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome. “By providing opportunities like this, we can create a life-long love of our museums and help the youth in our community develop and explore their interests.”

Officials added, “each camp offers age appropriate curriculum that is both fun and educational. The camps are a great opportunity to let young El Pasoans discover what the museums have to offer.”

Activities include learning about the tools and science used by archaeologists, exploring El Paso’s history, and creating masterpieces using different artistic mediums.

The El Paso Museum of Art summer classes start June 26. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology will host two sessions the week of June 19 and July 24. The El Paso Museum of History will host camps starting the week of July 10 through the week of August 7.

Summer camp prices vary by location and activity, and members at the respective museums will receive discounted tuition.

Participants in camps and classes at the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art are also eligible to sign up for Sun Metro’s Kids on the Go program that provides free bus rides to area youth participating in cultural, educational or recreational activities during the summer.

More information on the Summer Camps is available on the events page of the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department website.

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