Neighborhoods and Shared Memories explores how the experiences and memories of many generations of El Pasoans intersect within the city’s neighborhoods. Gathering stories, photographs, and special mementos from residents and displaying them in the Museum reflect people’s connections to their neighborhood. Neighborhoods & Shared Memories
will focus first on the city’s oldest neighborhoods: Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio.
One of the most important aspects of Neighborhoods & Shared Memories
is working closely with past and present residents of Chihuahuita and South El Paso. Since November 2009, the Neighborhoods & Shared Memories project has scanned more than 700 photographs and identified more than 200 artifacts reflecting neighborhood history in Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio. Eleven oral history interviews and close to four hours of video interviews have also been recorded. These elements will be woven together to explore neighborhood themes like Family & Home, Leisure Time, Evolution of Community, Work, and Social Status. Neighborhoods & Shared Memories
exhibit design includes audiovisual spaces where visitors can experience these elements together.
Since August 2011, Neighborhoods & Shared Memories exhibit has taken on new momentum in preparation for the exhibit opening in Spring 2012. Museum staff and volunteers are finalizing exhibit content and refining the exhibit’s graphic design.
See the slideshow for a sneak peek into drafts of the exhibit’s designs. Please note, some images may not include the finalized text.