El Paso County Historical Society begins a series of discussions with dinner and talk on July 23, tickets are limited

UPDATE: Ticket sales are now closed.


El Paso is a true melting pot. Over 400 years, many different people from different ethnicities have called The Pass of the North their home.

On Friday, July 23, the El Paso County Historical Society will begin a series of online discussions about the different people who have given our city its flavor.

EPCHS will kick off its series with the Middle Eastern community.

How did El Paso come to have such a large, vibrant Middle Eastern community? Why did so many immigrants from that region choose to travel through Mexico in the early 1900s and settle in this region? After generations in El Paso, what contributions has the Middle Eastern community made to our city? Those questions and more will be explored during an online discussion.

Included in the $55 ticket price is an authentic Middle Eastern meal from El Layali, a West Side restaurant that specializes in Lebanese fare.

Participants will be able to enjoy falafel, hummus, cabbage rolls (malfoof), and other delights from El Layali. Meals will be available to pick up the afternoon of the event before 6 p.m. and will enhance the atmosphere of the discussion. The information for the Zoom discussion will be included via email to ticket buyers. Tickets for this special event are limited, so get them early.

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.