San Jacinto Plaza Christmas Tree 1965

El Paso County Historical Society holiday hours, last minute gifts ideas

Looking for a last minute gift for the history lover in your life? Here are a few options.


Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands

Educating the Enemy by Jonna Perrillo, PhD tells the story of 144 children of Nazi scientists who moved to El Paso in 1946 as part of the military program called Operation Paperclip.

These German children were bused daily to four El Paso public schools. Dr. Perrillo not only tells a fascinating story of Cold War educational policy, but she draws an important contrast with the education of Mexican American children at the same time in El Paso public schools.

You can purchase the book online or in person at Literarity Book Shop in El Paso.

Literarity Book Shop also offers various books from El Paso authors.

  • Where: 5411 N. Mesa in Pepper Tree Square
  • Hours:
    • Monday – closed
    • Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • More information:
  • Call: (915) 307-4760 (Call for Holiday hours)

Rewriting Citizenship: Women, Race, and Nineteenth-Century Print Culture

UTEP Professor and El Paso County Historical Society board member Dr. Sue Stanfield published a book in October on the “an interdisciplinary approach to antebellum citizenship,” from University of Georgia Press website.

“Interpreting citizenship, particularly how citizenship intersects with race and gender, is fundamental to understanding the era and directly challenges the idea of Jacksonian Democracy.”

University of Georgia Press

Where: Purchase the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the University of Georgia Press website.

Digital and Hard copy versions are available.

El Paso County Historical Society Membership

Considering gifting a membership to the history lover in your life.

If you are interested in learning about, preserving and promoting the history of El Paso, then you owe it to yourself to become a member of the EPCHS.

As a member, you can utilize the research facility at Burges House, as well as reserve the historical site for business / personal events and parties. *

Learn more about memberships:

El Paso County Historical Society Holiday hours

Week of Christmas holiday

  • Dec, 20: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 and 25: Closed

Week of New Years Day holiday

  • Dec, 27: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 and Jan. 1: Closed

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.