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Unique Bracero Summit Focusing on World War II-era Agreement Starts Friday

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The University of Texas at El Paso will host the first national Bracero History Summit this weekend.

The Summit is set for  Friday, September 22, at UTEP and Saturday, September 23, at Rio Vista Farm in Socorro, Texas.

Barbara Pahl, senior vice president of field services for the National Trust; Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Oral History and the Borderlands Public History Lab at UTEP; and Victor Reta, City of Socorro recreations centers supervisor, will speak at the media event.

The summit will mark the 75th anniversary of the Bracero Program, a World War II-era agreement that allowed Mexican immigrants to work in the U.S. as guest workers.

The two-day event will bring together experts, scholars, and community members to examine the roots and ongoing influence of the Bracero Program.

The first day of the summit will take place from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the UTEP Union Building East. Activities include educational and panel sessions, a bracero museum exhibition and a bracero documentary short film.

The summit’s second day will start at 10 a.m. in the Rio Vista Community Center, 901 Rio Vista Road, in Socorro. Closing remarks will be at 1:30 p.m.

More information is available online.

City of Socorro’s Heritage Celebration set for Friday and Saturday

The City of Socorro will be hosting a two-day event in conjunction and support of National Preservation Month.

On Friday, the city will be hosting an official grand opening of the public art show at the Rio Vista Community Center located at 901 North Rio Vista Road, from 6PM to 8PM. The public is welcome to attend, as the opening will feature a Q&A with the showcased artists, free refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The artists vary in age, skill set, and artistic medium.

The following day the City of Socorro, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting a community action day to promote, preserve, and protect the Rio Vista Community Center from 9AM to 12PM.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the lot, build outdoor trash & recycling receptacles. The public will also witness a demonstration of adobe brick building, the effects of water erosion, and the significance of the Rio Vista Poor Farm.

Volunteers are asked to call the center at (915) 860-8615 to register as lunch will be provided. This is an all ages event.

For any questions please call the Rio Vista Community Center at (915) 860- 8615 or Public Relations Director- Victor Reta (915) 319-0125.

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