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El Paso Museum of History Receives Preserve America Grant and Announces New Program

The El Paso Museum of History has received a $21,000 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service through the Preserve America grant program for Re-Encuentro: Seeing El Paso through New Eyes. Preserve America grants provide communities and agencies support for preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning.

Re-Encuentro: Seeing El Paso through New Eyes is a competitive program aimed at increasing cultural awareness and appreciation for El Paso history among young El Pasoans. Fifteen hardworking and creative students will be accepted to participate in Session I: Past & Present Downtown El Paso, Chihuahuita, and El Segundo Barrio. Through a series of downtown tours and workshops, students will learn about local history and architecture, oral history, and historic preservation. Students will document the city’s historic buildings and spaces through research and photography in preparation for a public presentation at the El Paso Museum of History in May 2011. Re-Encuentro will also invite guest speakers from a variety of professional fields who will discuss how their work relates to El Paso. The museum will provide all equipment and resources for students.

The Re-Encuentro program is related to the History Museum’s neighborhood exhibit currently in development entitled Las Villitas: Neighborhoods & Shared Memories. Since both programs initially focus on Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio, the Re-Encuentro program will be open only to juniors and seniors from Bowie and El Paso High Schools, which are the schools representing those neighborhoods.

Applications are available at www.elpasotexas.com/history. Contact Preserve America Project Manager and Educator Curator Sue Taylor at 351-3588, taylorsl@elpasotexas.gov for more information.

The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as the Pass of the North.

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