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Traces of Stardom in El Paso: Bessie Love.

Bessie Love(1898-1986)was a famous and successful actress during the silent and early sound film era. She was nominated for her performance in “Broadway Melody” in  1929 for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Love’s career in film, radio, and television lasted for eight decades.  Love also  had an El Paso Connection. Bessie Love was born  […]

Belle Critchett: An El Paso Suffragist

        Belle Critchett: An El Paso Suffragist by Abbie Weiser During the early twentieth century, Belle Christie Ferguson Critchett (March 9, 1867 – January 6, 1956) was one of El Paso’s most important suffrage leaders. In addition to her work advocating for the women’s suffrage, Critchett supported many other progressive era-issues of […]

The El Paso Equal Franchise League, 1915-1920.

The El Paso Equal Franchise League, 1915-1920 By Joseph Longo El Paso’s first women’s suffrage group, the Equal Franchise League, was organized at the Hotel Orndorff on January 12, 1915.[1] One of the early members, Helen Freudenthal explained that she became interested in the cause after attending a suffrage meeting in New York and that […]

Annie Jane Berry: An El Paso Suffragist.

Annie Jane Berry died in El Paso in 1925 at her home at 411 S. Kansas St. She ran a saloon in the 1890s in the tenderloin district. She was a cook at the city jail. Annie was active and was considered a leader in the El Paso African-American community. She was a contact person […]

Womens History Month

Here’s how Texas women received right to vote and what role El Paso had

Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America says that the “…Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof: but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations…”  Amendment X strengthens state control […]

2020 Hall of Honor Update

Fellow El Pasoans, As you know, COVID-19 has forced us to reevaluate much of this year’s programming and events. We are taking precautions to protect you and our volunteers. As such, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Hall of Honor banquet. Nevertheless, we will still select four honorees and celebrate them in person at […]

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Women as Agents of Social Change: El Paso’s Social Housekeepers, 1886-1930

Women as Agents of Social Change: El Paso’s Social Housekeepers, 1886-1930 Red Cross women organizing for a magazine drive during World War I.      (Image located in El Paso County Historical Society archives) 2020  EPCHS Women’s History Exhibit During the late 19th century and early 20th century, El Paso women found their public and […]

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We are Digitally Open!

Dear El Paso County Historical Society Members and Supporters: We are pleased to announce that we are digitally open! We welcome your research requests and questions via email and through Facebook.We will also be checking telephone messages regularly. Please be patient as we work in different ways to fulfill your requests. In addition, we remain active […]

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