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Faces and Places Lecture Series- Origins of El Paso in the 1840s and 1850s

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
El Paso, Texas

Faces & Places Lecture: Origins of El Paso in the 1840s and 1850s

Join us for the third installment of our "Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert" Lecture Series! Our latest is led by Dr. Mark Cioc-Ortega, Department Head of History at New Mexico State University.

Free event, no RSVP required. Join us after the talk for Q&A and refreshments

El Paso del Norte (today Ciudad Juárez) was a thriving agricultural region on the Santa Fe-Chihuahua Trail when the Mexican-American War and the California gold rush turned it into a border town. The diaries and letters of the Anglo-American soldiers, engineers, and gold seekers who passed through the area in the 1840s and 1850s document the emergence of a new political and economic landscape that helped define the pattern of Anglo-Mexican relations for El Paso well into the next century.


Mark Cioc-Ortega is the Department Head and Professor of History at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for nearly thirty years before joining NMSU in 2017. He specializes in European and U.S. history, environmental history, and public history. He is the Editor of Password, the scholarly journal of the El Paso County Historical Society, and he has written extensively on El Paso history and the American Southwest.
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