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 […]


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 […]


2020 Hall of Honor Nominations

The El Paso County Historical Society is currently accepting nominations for inductees to the 2020  Hall of Honor.  A maximum of two living and two deceased persons will be remembered and honored at the Society’s annual banquet. Nominees should be considered outstanding men or women of character, vision, courage, and creative spirit. These individuals must […]


Remembering COVID-19 in El Paso

Greetings: We hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We are gathering El Pasoans’ accounts of their COVID-19 pandemic experiences and we need your help. We are asking you to share your stories with us so that this information can be preserved for future generations. Your stories can be hand-written or typed and […]

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Lydia Stark: “I have kept my promise”

In 1962 Lydia Malernee Stark, a retired speech teacher, ran as a Republican for County Superintendent of Schools against John T. Bean. Stark ran on one platform: to abolish the office she was running for. She ran as a Republican in a strongly Democratic county. No Republican had been elected countywide since Alfred Sharpe of […]

Peter E. Kern, Kern Place, and the Astrological Letter

Peter E. Kern, Kern Place, and the Astrological Letter March 19, 2020 Kern Place, nestled between the Franklin Mountains and the University of Texas at El Paso, is one of El Paso’s most iconic neighborhoods. Its unique and lush character is hardly surprising when one understands its founder, Peter E. Kern. Learn more about Kern […]

El Paso History Day 2020

On February 22nd, 313 students from the El Paso region took part in El Paso History Day at UTEP.  Over 40 of those students were selected as regional finalists and will go on to represent their schools at Texas History Day in Austin at the end of April.  Winners at the state level will move […]

El Paso County Historical Society to Celebrate Women’s History Month

The El Paso County Historical Society (EPCHS) will host several events throughout March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Through talks and an exhibit, EPCHS intends to highlight the lives of prominent local women who contributed to this region’s rich and diverse history. On March 7, 2020 at 12 p.m., EPCHS welcomes the public to the grand opening of “Women […]

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