The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981 Page: 82
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Four hundred years is a long time and in the United States we
cannot celebrate many historical occasions of such antiquity. But 1981
will mark four centuries in the history of the El Paso area. During 1581
the first Spaniards-members of the Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedi-
tion-passed through the Pass of the North. Not only is that event to be
celebrated next year, but several other occurrences important to this
decade of the region's history are also to be commemorated.
During the early 168os, when the Spaniards and their Indian allies
retreated from the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico, they founded the
missions of Isleta and Socorro, so these missions will be celebrating
their tricentennial. Approximately a century after the establishment
of the missions, during the 1780s, the authorities ordered the transfer
of Presidio San Elizario from an earlier location to its El Paso site. The
year 1881 was also an eventful time for residents of the area. Not only
did the railroads arrive in El Paso, shrinking the distances which had
separated the town from its neighbors, but that year also saw the estab-
lishment of two newspapers and a bank that carry on today: the El Paso
Times and the Herald Post, and the city's State National Bank.
So, in the history of El Paso, g981 marks the start of an important
decade, and the TSHA will hold its eighty-fifth annual meeting March
5-7, 1981, in the Sun City to help El Pasoans celebrate. The meeting
will be held in conjunction with the meeting of the New Mexico His-
torical Society. This will be the first time the two organizations have
met together. Larry D. Hill, chairman of the TSHA program com-
mittee, and his counterpart in the New Mexico Historical Society,
Thomas Chavez, have had their respective committees at work to plan
the meeting. They have come up with some excellent sessions.
The Texas Folklore Society, the Texas Catholic Historical Society,
the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Archeological Society,
and the Society of Southwest Archivists will all meet with the TSHA
and the NMHS.
Meanwhile, down El Paso way, local arrangements committee chair-
man W. H. Timmons is planning a number of festive activities to
make the Association's eighty-fifth annual meeting a memorable one.
Mark your calendar now.
In September the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University
will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. To mark the occasion, the
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