Events will Mark the Centennial of Local Aid to Mormon Refugees

July 17, 2012

El Paso, TX – On Saturday, July 28, 2012, a museum exhibit, conference, and commemorative ceremony will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the departure of more than 4,500 Mormon refugees from Mexico. Fleeing the violence of the Mexican Revolution, over half of the refugees came by train to El Paso in July 1912 where local residents received them with warmth and sympathy, providing temporary housing, food, and support.

An exhibit at the El Paso Museum of History chronicling the refugee experience will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Next door in the El Paso Public Library a conference on the history of Mormonism in Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the evening, a special commemorative ceremony will be held in the UTEP Union Cinema from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The program will feature a keynote address by Richard E. Turley, Jr., Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 1912-era music performed by the Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Band; singing by a choir of local Latter-day Saints; and the premiere of a 30-minute documentary on the Mormon exodus from Mexico to El Paso,  with light refreshments and mingling to follow.

The museum exhibit and ceremony are sponsored by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, Brigham Young University’s College of Religious Education, the El Paso Museum of History, and the Center for History Teaching & Learning at The University of Texas at El Paso.

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For information about the exhibit, call Katherine Vandertulip at 915-351-3588 or email at For information about the conference, email Jared Tamez at For information about the commemorative ceremony, email Fred Woods at

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