Heritage, Volume 9, Number 4, Fall 1991 Page: 11
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Texas Historic Landmark plaque on the front of the San Elizario Church.
In both Socorro and San Elizario, some
of the original materials from the earlier
churches were incorporated into the construction.
In fact, many of the original
vigas from the earliest Socorro Mission of
1680 are believed to be those supporting
the roof of the present mission; they are
distinctive in their colorful, if fading,
geometric designs motifs.
As witnesses to these human products
of our heritage, we enrich our lives and
grasp a sense of continuity, of reverence,
and of participation in a human and spiritual
chain that has long preceded us and
that will, with our best efforts, continue :
long into the future.
John Peterson is a professional archaeologist
workingon the Historic Missions Campaign,
a project of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. These colorful beams with geometric designs are th
T Walters is the director of the El Paso Many of the vigas, or carved ceiling beams, that suI
Tom Walters is the director of the El Paso e Spanish/Indian style architecture. The Historic
Diocese Development Office. Lower Valley Missions back to their historic state
ought to be from the earliest Socorro Mission of 1680.
pport this building remain today as stalwart tributes to
Missions Campaign is raising funds to bring the El Paso
and enhance their potential to attract tourists.
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The Texas Historic Foundation has
committed $7,000 of its resources for
the restoration program. Support from
within the Diocese and the local communities
has already passed $100,000
in pledges. However, more than
$250,000 is needed for the maintenance
endowment alone, and many
times that amount for immediate stabilization
needs of the historic missions.
The Diocese, through the Bishop's
Historic Missions Committee, is appealing
to all those concerned with
Texas heritage to contribute to these
oldest historic landscapes in the state.
For further information, please
contact the Historic Missions Restoration,
Diocese of El Paso, 499 Saint
Matthews St., El Paso, Texas 799074200,
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