El Paso Museum of History Exhibit on Mormonism in Mexico

Museums & Cultural Affairs Department
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:  July 11, 2012
Contact:   Juli Lozano, Public Affairs @ 541-4010 or 472-1949

The El Paso Museum of History presents
Finding Refuge in El Paso:
The Mormon Exodus from Mexico, a Centennial Celebration

The El Paso Museum of History, in conjunction with Brigham Young University, presents  the exhibit Finding Refuge in El Paso: The Mormon Exodus from Mexico, a Centennial Celebration 1912- 2012. One hundred years ago in Mexico, General Pascual Orozco took up arms against his former commander, President Francisco I. Madero. Caught in the crossfire were American civilians working in Mexico, and residents of the Mormon colonias. On July 28, 1912, the first Mexican Northwestern Railroad refugee train left Pearson for El Paso, Texas carrying women and children to safety. Please join us in commemorating this event of the Mexican Revolution, and El Paso’s response, through a series of never before seen photographs of the refugee train and the temporary El Paso lumberyard camp.

Finding Refuge in El Paso: The Mormon Exodus from Mexico, a Centennial Celebration 1912-2012, will open with a private reception on Saturday, July 28, 2012, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, with doors open to the public immediately thereafter.  The exhibit runs through January 31, 2013.

For more information, call Katherine Vandertulip at 915.351.3588 or email at vandertulipkw@elpasotexas.gov

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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