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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.

City of Socorro 2017 Call for Artists for Rio Vista Community Center Showcase

The City of Socorro has issued an open call for artists to participate in an upcoming spring art exhibit which will be housed in the historic Rio Vista Community Center this May.

The idea came as a pairing to address the goals of the City in creating new family friendly innovative community programming and the City’s Historical Landmark Commission to showcase the Rio Vista Community Center during National Historic Preservation Month.

The City is looking for unique pieces from artists of all ages, styles, & skill levels (professionals & amateurs are all encouraged) to be displayed for the public to enjoy.

Any artist wishing to participate need fill out a facility request form to reserve their space at the Rio Vista Community Center located at 901 Rio Vista,  during normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 8AM- 8PM & Friday’s 8AM – 4 PM.)

The City is looking to get a variety of artwork in different mediums: photography, sculpture, mixed media, canvas (oil, watercolor, acrylic), styrofoam, etc., all entries are welcome. All entries are required to be family appropriate, and should represent the Socorro area, be original, creative, and should include a small biography of the artists, and description of the piece.

The deadline for submissions is Friday April 28th at 3 PM.

Officials with the City of Socorro say this art exhibition is a means a means of attracting attention to the City’s beautiful history and the amazing talent of local artists. This art exhibit will run from May 1- 31st during the hours of operation of the Rio Vista Community Center, and will be free for the public to enjoy.

For any questions or concerns please call the Rio Vista Community Center at (915) 860-8615.

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Socorro’s Rio Vista Farm named National Treasure

After being named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Saturday, the Rio Vista Farm in Socorro now has a new lease on life.

Thanks to support from Socorro residents, politicians and others from around El Paso County, the century-old facility is in line for restoration and preservation. A new page on the National Trust’s website: Saving Places not only gives the site’s history, but allows for visitors to donate to the cause.

“This designation is great news for people everywhere who stand to gain from a better understanding and appreciation of Rio Vista Farm’s unique history—and for residents of Socorro who want to see these buildings continue to play an important part in our civic life,” said Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz. “I’m looking forward to exploring innovative solutions that advance the site’s renewal.”

The honor was announced on Friday, September 16th, as people across the United States begin a month-long celebration of Hispanic heritage.

According to a news release, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rio Vista Farm a National Treasure in recognition of the 101-year-old site’s significant role in shaping the region and serving as founding link for modern Mexican-American communities.

“As the nation’s conversation on its growing diversity continues to evolve, it’s essential to understand all sides of the American story—especially those that are controversial and challenge longstanding assumptions of our immigrant history,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “In designating Rio Vista Farm a National Treasure, we hope to capture the site’s central connection to the largest guest-worker program in our country’s history so that future generations benefit from the lessons farmworkers known as braceros can teach.”

The National Trust will work with city officials, community members, and other local partners and stakeholders to raise awareness of Rio Vista Farm’s role during the nationally significant, yet overlooked, Bracero Program and provide expertise in rehabilitation and reuse strategies to ensure its historic structures develop into assets that meet the future needs of the community.

Rio Vista Farm’s National Treasure campaign helps bring to light the stories of the skilled Mexican guest-workers brought in by the U.S. government to address farm labor shortages all across America during and after World War II. Despite the rise of traditionally marginalized Latino American communities, this long-lasting impact of the Bracero Program on the history and patterns of migration, settlement and agricultural economy in the United States and beyond remains relatively unknown to most Americans.

“Old buildings aren’t special because they are old, or beautiful, or well-built—though they can be all of those things—but, rather, because of the people who used them and whose memories and stories are tied to them,” said Evan R. Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas. “Rio Vista Farm needs its buildings repaired, landscape revived and stories told—and in doing so we can reveal truths about ourselves as a society that constantly struggles to reconcile the reality of our inequalities.”

Preservation is about people and at Rio Vista Farm, a site also revered for its family-operated beginning as a poor farm and its sheltering of neglected children during the Great Depression, it is about managing positive change through direct community engagement that positions the needs and concerns of the people of Socorro and the surrounding El Paso area at the center of the work.

“Rio Vista Farm’s designation as a National Treasure will go a long way in ensuring that a rehabilitation and revitalization plan is developed to engage public and private partnerships and realize the dream of a fully restored community,” said Gary Williams, senior program officer of El Paso Community Foundation.

Additionally, Rio Vista Farm’s adobe structures can benefit from hands-on training in adobe construction and restoration. Relatively simple in construction, the various buildings are ideal for use as a living classroom to train Texans young and old in the skills required to work with adobe.

The lessons learned at Rio Vista Farm can then be applied to historic sites throughout the southwest, where adobe structures await preservation.

Rio Vista Farm joins a growing portfolio of irreplaceable, diverse places—from ancient sites to modern monuments—that have been designated National Treasures.