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January 16, 2021

There are nine historic districts in the city of El Paso, and Bernie Sargent is our guest to explain the history of Sunset Heights, and what role it plays now in El Paso.

January 23, 2021

We talk with author Bob Parmelee about his new book called “A Bridge Apart” About a Mexican Revolution era robbery in El Paso and life on the border with prohibition.  A Bridge Apart reveals a true story, made possible by the revelation of a fifty year old secret concerning the love story of two high school sweethearts, a love story turned upside down by border violence during Prohibition and the Depression, and which ultimately involved the highest levels in the American and Mexican governments.  The vivid descriptions of the fighting in Juarez put you there almost in person.

January 30, 2021

We asked military historian John Hamilton to describe some of the many military people who have lived and worked in the El Paso area over the centuries.

February 6, 2021

The topic is Crypto Jews, people coming to Mexico from Spain who converted to Catholicism.  Hour One we hear from El Paso Rabbi Stephen Leon, who has helped about 70 families return to their Jewish heritage over the years.  He has written a book on the subject.

In Hour Two, we will talk with Honorary Spanish Consul Martha Vera, who will explain how many people of Hispanic heritage who came to El Paso or Juárez centuries ago and settled in this part of North America are descendants of the hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews who were tortured, forcibly converted, burned alive at the stake and ultimately expelled from Spain and later Portugal.

February 13, 2021

Our guest is Sue Taylor, Curator Supervisor at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, to explain some of her programs she presents at the Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  She will talk about Operation Paperclip, with a focus on the families and kids of those German scientist, and how those families coped with living in the United States. 

And Sue Taylor will tell us about Space Race Women, the scientists, computers and astronaut wives.

February 20, 2021

Polio was a 1940s and 1950s epidemic that caused a stir across the world.  In El Paso we had the March of Dimes and most school students remember a shot or a sugar cube as their vaccination.  We re-visit the history of polio, and hear from some El Pasoans who were part of that era.  Guests are Patricia Kiddney, Gabe Duran, and his sister Ninfa Dixon.

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El Paso history is Six Guns and Shady Ladies, El Paso’ s prominent Old West re-enactor group. They met at San Antonio Street and El Paso Street on April 14, 2016, and portrayed the famous “Four Dead in Five Seconds” gunfight.

It also made Marshall Dallas Stoudenmire famous on that date, April 14th, on that same corner, in 1881.

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Here is the 9 minute film THE FIRST CAMINO REAL IN AMERICA from August, 2015 Produced by Jackson Polk. Click picture to view.

The Texas Trost Society held a sold-out fundraiser walking tour of Henry Trost buildings in downtown El Paso, Texas on March 26, 2016.

For the evening, Dr. Max Grossman, architectural historian, became Henry C. Trost, famous El Paso architect, and personally led the discussion and tour, primarily of Bassett Tower.

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