In March, 1954, at the urging of Cleofas Calleros, the Women's Department of the Chamber of Commerce undertook the project of creating an El Paso Historical Society.
Louise (Mrs. Willard W.) Schuessler became the driving force behind that project. Mrs. Schuessler became Founding Chair, then Founding President. She tirelessly gathered prospective members, organized meetings and encouraged others to join. Many of our Charter Members were descendents of Pioneer families. Many were descendents of families who arrived between 1900 and World War I. Under Mrs. Schuessler guidance, the El Paso Historical Society quickly grew to a membership of over 700. In the intervening years, many projects, such as the Hall of Honor Banquet have developed to enhance our goal of preserving and promoting El Paso's rich heritage.
Since 1954 the El Paso County Historical Society has been a driving force in the historic scene of El Paso. EPCHS strives to foster research into the history of the
El Paso area; acquire and make available to the public historic materials; publish and encourage historical writing pertaining to the area; and to develop public consciousness of our rich heritage.
We strive to fulfill our mission in the following ways:
- Hosting and partnering with other organizations for events, most of which tend to be based around speakers, films, or exhibits.
- Maintaining our 101 year old headquarters, the Burges House. We are currently undergoing a fundraising campaign to help with the cost of repairs.
- Maintaining an extensive collection of Southwest archives in the Jane Burges-Perrenot Research Center.