Mabel Welch: Pioneer Woman Architect Mabel Clair Welch was born on November 8, 1890, on her grandfather’s plantation near Longtown, Panola County, Mississippi. In 1899, Mabel’s father, Martin Luther Vanderburg, Junior, decided to move his family to Northeast Texas With their neighbors, the Blackburns and the McBeths, the Vanderburgs departed Mississippi for Texas in covered […]
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COVID-19 update: El Paso County Historical Society open by appointment only
UPDATE March 24, 2021: The El Paso County Historical Society is open by appointment only.
Judy Zarate: She was always there.
Judy Zarate, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, served in local and national roles in the Women’s Political Caucus, becoming a leader of the caucus in the 1980s. This mother of three and member of Leadership Texas was twice local chair of EPWPC and served on the board for nine years. In 1986, Zarate served […]
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 […]
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFERS LOST RESTAURANTS BOOK
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 […]
Bonnie Lesley and The Founding of the El Paso Women’s Political Caucus.
In August 1970, Bessie Simpson, the Women’s Page editor at the El Paso Herald-Post, authored an article subtitled “To Lib or Not to Lib” in which she interviewed El Paso women, young and old. Of the twelve El Paso women quoted, the majority endorsed very traditional female roles. According to her findings, most of these […]
The History of the El Paso League of Women Voters: 1940-1967
The El Paso League of Women Voters was organized in 1919, previously it was the El Paso Equal Franchise League which was organized in 1915, and was the first women’s suffrage organization in El Paso. The League faded away in the 1940s.
Snow falls in El Paso. Here’s a look at the Burges House during Valentine’s Day
A winter storm passed through the El Paso area on Valentine’s Day. Get the latest weather updates here and find tips on how to stay safe here. Here’s a look at what the Burges House looked like following the snowfall.
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 […]