The El Paso History Radio Show announces the inaugural El Paso History Summit, to be held in the Scenic View Ballroom of the First Presbyterian Church (a standalone building located behind First Presbyterian Church). The El Paso History Summit features screenings of local documentaries, a Town Hall meeting about local history, and an opportunity for El Pasoans to share their history with the community. The Summit will also mark the launch of the “I Am El Paso” campaign. The public is invited to record their "I Am El Paso" testimony in a 1-2 minute video clip, and to bring up to 10 old photos to be scanned and included on the Digital Wall that will be installed at the El Paso Museum of History. Photos will be scanned on site and returned to the owners, who will also receive a disc with digital copies of their personal photos. Photos should be at least 25 years old and have all persons identified, if possible, as well as the date and place. The scanning and the CD are free and are offered on a first come, first served basis. At 1 p.m., the History Summit will present the world premiere of segments from Capstone Productions’ latest documentary, "The Last Tour of the El Paso Smelter." After three years of filming the demolition of the former Asarco site, the first installment of the El Paso Smelter documentary series covers the history and construction of one of the world’s tallest smokestacks. The film includes a tour inside of the stack, a review of the construction of the stack, and footage from several climbs up the stack. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a Town Hall meeting on El Paso history with special invited guests state Sen. Jose Rodriguez and El Paso County Historical Commission chairman, Bernie Sargent. The Town Hall will be moderated by hosts of "The El Paso History Radio Show," Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent. The Town Hall will be video recorded for a TV special on YouTube. Attendees can ask questions about El Paso's history, share their thoughts about what should be done at local and state levels regarding our local history, and contribute topics for discussion. Other events include a viewing of clips from Capstone Production’s "El Paso’s Mission Trail" documentary, and giveaways of videos and other door prizes throughout the day. Local history organizations are invited to provide information about their activities, events, volunteer opportunities and general information. Snacks, hot dogs and hamburger will be available for purchase. This free summit is hosted by "The El Paso History Radio Show," El Paso County Historical Commission, El Paso Mission Trail Association and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association, CARTA.
First Presbyterian Church, Scenic View Ballroom (standalone building behind the church)
Jackson Polk at (915) 833-8700; Sara Belger at (915) 244-6487; Bernie Sargent at (915) 581-7920