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
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.
Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of Borderlands Downtown Culture
November 15, 2019 - April 12, 2020
Tracks Across The Desert: More Than 100 Years Of Railroad in El Paso
January 23, 2020 - June 14, 2020
Beginning with the chartering of the Rio Grande and El Paso Railroad company in 1880, Tracks Across The Desert explores the role the railroad played in shaping El Paso’s economy, technology, and society as it transformed the United States. In addition to displaying local historic artifacts, the exhibit also features an electric train model, a kids’ depot play-area with trainsets, and a flipbook album featuring historic photographs.
Etchings by Steve Edwards
COMING SOON! March 19, 2020 - May 3, 2020