Changing Pass: People, Land & Memory
Changing Pass, the permanent installation at EPMH, marks a new chapter for the institution. While Changing Pass is not technically a new exhibit for the museum, the approach to its curation and narrative are reflective of EPMH’s new direction and leadership.
For many, Changing Pass is their first introduction to El Paso history. The exhibit serves as a learning tool for classrooms and organizations throughout the area as well as an attraction for those visiting from out of town. In its new location on the first floor gallery, Changing Pass immediately greets visitors who walk through the door, inviting them to explore and reconsider what the borderlands are all about.
Covering more than 400 years of El Paso del Norte region history, Changing Pass begins with early Indigenous settlers and concludes with ASARCO in the 20th century. As visitors move through different exhibits, they are invited to explore how the El Paso del Norte area, along both sides of the Mexico-United States border, has been defined not only by the unique Chihuahuan desert but by the different groups, countries, and empires who sought to control it. New artifacts, interactive displays, and text panels encourage guests to examine how El Paso’s political, economic, social, environmental, cultural, and religious past has evolved across centuries.
Powerhouse of the Southwest: 120 years of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce
COMING SOON! October 11, 2019 - March 15, 2020
Powerhouse of the Southwest: 120 Years of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce is part of EPMH’s exhibition series Wall of Giants, a multi-year project that has highlighted influential organizations within the El Paso region.
The latest EPMH exhibit will focus on major milestones in the El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s history like its founding in 1900 and the Chamber’s role in establishing the star on the mountain. The exhibit will also draw attention to the Chamber’s role in local and national history, like the meeting between American President William Howard Taft and Mexican President Porfirio Diaz in 1909 that took place inside the Chamber.
Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert
NEW! October 3, 2019 - November 30, 2019
Covering over 140,000 square miles, the Chihuahuan Desert is considered the largest in North America. This exhibition explores the topography and natural beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and considers the human impact upon it over a period of thirty years.
Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert is composed of thirty-one photographs from the work of University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt’s background is in natural resources and physical geography. For the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition presents, in visual form, an interpretation of scientific information about the region of the Chihuahuan Desert.
The exhibition will be available to the public from October 3, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
In addition to the exhibit, the El Paso Museum of History will be hosting "Faces & Places of the Chihuahuan Desert: A Humanities Texas Lecture Series." Designed as a complement to the photography installation, the lectures will occur once a month at 6 PM between October 2019 and June 2020. Topics for the lectures range in scope from environmental history to personal documentaries, from El Paso's food culture to the city's Korean community. The first lecture will occur on October 10, 2019.
Pride Cinema: Queer Film and Culture in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
June 1, 2019 - November 7, 2019
EPMH has partnered with the Borderland Rainbow Center (BRC), a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for the El Paso LGBTQ+ community.
Bases Loaded: El Paso and Beyond
July 11, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Materials for the exhibit have been sourced from across El Paso’s enthusiastic baseball community. Many of the artifacts for Bases Loaded have been provided by Fernando Grado, an El Paso native and baseball enthusiast. His personal collection, which he began in his youth, includes local memorabilia from the Browns and Diablos as well as collectibles from eminent players like Jackie Robinson and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Also on display are items borrowed from the El Paso Chihuahuas’ own archive.
Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects
NEW! September 28, 2019 - March 8, 2020