Anne Holder Fought for Women Rights.

Anne Holder, a UTEP-trained sociologist, educator, and early activist in the El Paso Woman Political Caucus, was named Feminist of the Year in 1976 at their Women’s Equality Day (WED) fundraising banquet.  Her obituary in the El Paso Times in February of 2017 described her “as a woman of passion and burning rhetoric.”A key player […]


When Nazi Wives Came to El Paso by Jonna Perrillo

When Nazi Wives Came to El Paso by Jonna Perrillo Boarding a Pullman train car in 1947 that would take her and her children from New York City to El Paso, Texas, Ursula Haukohl noticed that her last name was misspelled on her ticket. Yet when she mentioned this to one of the railway workers […]



Jaxon’s, Ashley’s Gardens, and Bill Parks BBQ are all lost, but not forgotten, restaurants of El Paso. Learn the history of these restaurants, complete with pictures and menus, in the El Paso County Historical Society’s new book, “Lost Restaurants of El Paso.” From El Paso’s earliest days, the mix of travelers who have moved through […]


Black History Month:African American Suffragists in El Paso.

African American Suffragists in El Paso  By Janine Young The women’s suffrage campaign in the United States was a remarkable political and social movement that spanned seven decades of American history. A little known aspect of this history is the story of African American suffragists in El Paso. The city had a small yet intensely […]

Helen O' Shea Kehler

Christmas Dinner Menu From 1918

Christmas Dinner Menu From 1918 A page from a  Loose-leaf notebook with handwritten notes on nutrition, foods, and recipes  that belonged to Helen  O’Shea Keleher Consommé         Bread Sticks Olives          Salted Peanuts Roasted Goose           Potatoes and stuffing Cream of Lima Bean          […]


Honoring Leon Claire Metz 1930-2020

The El Paso County Historical Society would like to express our condolences to the family, friends, and many fans of Leon Claire Metz who passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020. Leon was a past-president of the Society and well-loved and respected, not only by the Society but in the community that he chose to make […]

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