El Paso Archeology Society Featured Speaker - Al Borrego

February 20, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, TX, 79924

El Paso Museum of Archeology
Free and open to the public
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Al Borrego’s topic will be the birthplace of the American Southwest and La Toma, the ceremony by which Spain took possession of the land where we now live and its people. The birthplace of the American Southwest refers to San Elizario, a city in El Paso County Texas. La Toma occurred in 1598 when settlers led by Don Juan de Onate crossed the river we now know as the Rio Grande and entered the new province christened Nuevo Mexico, New Mexico. In his talk Mr. Borrego will expand upon the historic consequences of this taking of land already occupied by indigenous people. Al Borrego is the current President of the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society which operates the Los Portales Museum and Information Center, the Old El Paso County Jail Museum and the Veterans Memorial Museum and Walk in San Elizario. Al Borrego is a self-taught artist who began painting in June of 2007. He was the 2010 recipient of the McDonald’s Triunfadores Award for the Arts.

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