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.