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Changing Pass: People, Land & Memory

 Permanent Signature Exhibit

Changing Pass Exhibit

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 Exhibit

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

Faces and Places Exhibit

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

Pride Cinema Exhibit

The Queer Film and Culture in the 20th and 21st Centuries exhibition opening marked the beginning of the internationally celebrated PRIDE month and is scheduled to run until the month of November. Alongside the exhibition, EPMH displayed two panels from the 1987 NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt  which was on display through the month of June.
In continuation of the EPMH film exhibition series, this segment features films focused on LGBTQ+ issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries. The films showcased in this exhibition, such as Milk, Paris is Burning, Longtime Companion and others, share the adversities, benchmarks and successes of LBGTQ+ people with a broader audience. Local El Paso and Juarez LGBTQ+ histories are paired with these films highlighting the reality of these issues as they are ever-present within the borderland community. 

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

Bases Loaded Exhibit Image

The exhibit celebrates the local and national history of baseball starting with its pre-Civil War origins to the El Paso Chihuahuas arriving in El Paso. In addition to tracing the evolution of baseball’s legacy as a national pastime, the exhibit also highlights baseball’s intersections with race, like the sport’s role in Mexico and key events in breaking the color barrier. As visitors move through the gallery, they are invited to explore how different groups across the United States have shaped baseball’s beginnings, rise, and continued popularity. Interactive displays, like a walkable baseball diamond and Chihuahuas fan photo booth, transform the space into an immersive historical experience. 

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

Gifts and Prayers Exhibit

Appearing for the first time in the American Southwest, Gifts and Prayers displays a collection of objects from the Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, Georgia) including rare historical artifacts and sacred art from across centuries of the imperial family's rule (CE 1613-1917).

Diamond-encrusted swords, intricate military medals, gilded statuettes, ornate icons, and Fabergé-produced objects will adorn the museum, engaging the public in the lavish splendor of the Romanov era. Assembled by a single private collector, the collection has been virtually unknown for decades and has rarely been seen.
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