• May 25, 2022
 UTEP to Hold Opening Reception for ‘Rebirth of Duranguito,’ ‘Border Street, A Photo Exhibition’

UTEP to Hold Opening Reception for ‘Rebirth of Duranguito,’ ‘Border Street, A Photo Exhibition’

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will host an opening reception for two exhibitions that highlight border culture.

“Border Street” is a photography exhibition celebrating our border culture through the lens of four photography enthusiasts.

“Rebirth of Duranguito” is a community-generated plan for the preservation and restoration of Duranguito, one of El Paso’s oldest neighborhoods.

The exhibit opening is set for Thursday, January 31st, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and will be open through early March.

Additionally, the exhibit  “Where the World Met the Border,” will be on view through April 27, 2019.

“Where the World Met the Border,” tells the stories of a place, El Paso’s 1st Ward. This is the story of El Paso’s first neighborhood: a fronterizocommercial center, where immigrants from all over the world made their homes.

This exhibits provides a window into the lives of people from all over the world—Mexico, Ireland, Syria, Italy, and China— who came to the First Ward to better their lives and make their homes.

Permanent exhibits in the museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America. A variety of temporary exhibits address themes related to border life and culture, the Americas and the University’s history and current activities

The Centennial Museum was constructed in 1936 to celebrate the anniversary of Texas’ independence, making it the oldest museum in El Paso.

What: Exhibit opening

When: 4:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

Where: Centennial Museum at the corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Way 

 For more information, please call 915-747-5565.

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  • If UTEP really cared about this DUMP eyesore called Durangito! real name is the Union Plaza! They’d should have done something about it decades ago and provided all the financing for this dilapidated area.
    Instead they never did anything, until the voters of El Paso unanimously passed the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Issues. It’s too late now to save your dump! build the downtown arena there now where it supposed to be built. And you can easily put your rebirth plans up the street at the Digi Wall location,saves you time and money,but stop wasting the time of downtown revitalization and Quality of Life progress.
    Why don’t you instead take care of your losing programs, like UTEP basketball and football, those are the ones that seriously need rebirth and money fast. Before they drop to NCAA division II status. HURRY UP!

    • Duranguito is one of El Paso’s first neighborhoods where people from five different cultures were able to come together and contribute to a thriving community that eventually would be a key part of what is now downtown. Although it has gone through many changes there are several standing historic buildings including the Trost firehouse and there is a rich history to be preserved for future generations to learn about and appreciate. The efforts to save Duranguito are well founded and fully supported by professionals, historians, historical organizations, and many thousands of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The jaded comments by one individual here reflect common misinformation that has been disseminated by the city, such as that voters approved a downtown arena in the 2012 bond election. In fact there was never any mention of an arena, of sports, or of a downtown location in the ballot language or in the presentations given to city council about the bond plans. The downtown location was added in a later ordinance that was adopted by city council but not by the voters. It is unfortunate that someone would choose to troll such a worthy exhibit being planned at UTEP and to go on to troll UTEP and its programs as the commenter here has done who is obviously very biased, misinformed, and uncouth, to say the least. Arena proponents have failed to tell the truth about the 2012 bond election, they have failed to present a detailed plan for their arena and the surrounding area, and they have probably violated ethical and legal standards on several occasions in their opposition to preservationists. I would suggest that anyone interested in advocating a position on the issues take the time and effort to do their homework and seek real truth and transparency that is readily accessible to anyone from many reliable sources.

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