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El Paso County Historical Society currently accepting 2021 Hall of Honor nominations

The El Paso County Historical Society is currently accepting nominations for inductees to the 2021 Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be considered outstanding individuals of character, vision, courage, and creative spirit. They must have lived in El Paso County and have consistently done the unusual which deserves to be remembered or have made El Paso County better for having lived […]

Happy Birthday Jane Burges Perrenot

Happy Birthday Jane Burges Perrenot

From “Jane Burges Perrenot July 19th 1900-June 18th,” 1986, by Greg Pine During her long life as an El Pasoan, Mrs. Perrenot dedicated much of her time and treasure to the betterment of her beloved El Paso. She was a charter member of the Junior Service League, now the Junior League, and served as president […]

Mabel Welch:Pioneer Woman Architect

Mabel Welch:Pioneer Woman Architect

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 […]

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 […]