What We Brought
The El Paso Museum of History tells the story of our region, but many of the artifacts in its collection did not originate from this area. Instead, these items reflect the background of the individuals who choose to move to El Paso.
What We Brought is an artifact rich, hands-on exhibit that explores the process of how people select items to bring with them when they move. It asks the visitor to reflect on:
* How people and goods were transported to our region
* What was essential for the trip
* What was useful or nice to have
* What had to be brought for sentimental reasons
* What was of interest to folks who just passed through El Paso
The exhibit includes a street map puzzle, trunk, and saddlebags ready to pack. Come on in and share with us the story of how you came to be in El Paso!
First Steps: A Commemoration of Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School
For many Mexican immigrants in the borderland during the early 20th century, both Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School were vital first steps to transitioning into American society. The Diocese of El Paso, through the community of Saint Patrick parish, established in 1917, fought and struggled through overwhelming odds to aid and minister to the faithful on both sides of the border. The establishment of Cathedral High School by the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1925 became the realization of “a most cherished dream” for the local Church. Generations of young men from both sides of the border -- many of whom were the first in their families to attend school -- benefited from a Lasallian education that prepared them for college and professional success, thus lifting countless families into the middle class. They became loyal sons who defended their faith and who worked tirelessly to cultivate lives of learning and service.
Neighborhoods and Shared Memories
Neighborhoods and Shared Memories is composed of cherished photographs, personal mementos and keepsakes from past and present residents of Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio. The exhibit is scheduled to feature a new set of neighborhoods every few years. It seeks to preserve, interpret, and increase an appreciation for neighborhood-based history.
To view more information on this exhibit please visit; History Embedded in Neighborhoods
The Changing Pass
A traditional, chronological journey through major events and influences that have shaped El Paso into the city we experience today. The cannon (foreground) is from the Mexican Revolution period, around 1910. The ox-cart was used to haul goods along the Camino Real (King's Road) reaching from Santa Fe, NM to Mexico City.